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Gold Plunges as 1.8 Million Ounces Traded in a New York Minute; Virtu prepares for Mifid shake-up with Instinet equities deal; Ethereum’s Flash Crash Shows Hazards of Trading Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Today, John J. Lothian & Company and some staff members are offering the Journalism and Communications merit badges as part of the Trading Tech 300 Boy Scout program. Sarah Rudolph, Jeff Bergstrom and I, along with return intern and Eagle Scout Jonathan Lenchard Warren, will be teaching the badges. We have a group of 24 scouts and are using the Glenstar conference rooms on the second floor of the CBOT Building to accommodate the group. It has been ten years since the introduction of the iphone. That new product had a…

HFT – Not so flashy anymore; Vicious VIX; JPM Head Quant Warns Of “Catastrophic Losses” For Short Vol Strategies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight An Excerpt of Note Spencer Doar – JLN I am re-reading “Liar’s Poker” because…I don’t really know why — maybe it’s just summer instinct with all these reading lists floating around. Anyway, about a quarter of the way in, there’s a notable anecdote from Michael Lewis’ training program at Salomon: “‘When you trade equity options,’ asked my friend Franky, ‘do you hedge your gamma and theta or just your delta? And if you don’t hedge your gamma and theta, why not?’ The equity options specialist nodded for about ten seconds. I’m not sure he even understood the…

Providing Stability for the U.S. Listed Equity Options Market; Virtu – More Market-Making M&A Ahead; The Changing Face of Volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Futures For Kids had another successful fundraiser at the FIA IDX Gala Dinner last night, raising more than GBP140,000. Jim Kharouf – JLN Kim Taylor’s kilt challenge raised over GBP12,000, topping Bill Herder’s total last year, on her birthday no less. Next year’s wearer of the kilt is Mark Ibbotson of GH Financials. Over its 10-year history, FFK has raised more than GBP3 million for more than 40 charities in more than 16 countries. Way to go Bill Templer, Emma Davey and the rest of the FFK team. ++++++ Have you checked out the lineup for Trading…

‘50 Cent’ trading mystery focuses on $20bn London fund; Traders Vote Macron as Le Pen Vows to Wipe the Smiles Off Their Faces; Trading volatility? Good luck catching that sharp knife Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 21 questions about 50 cent Joe Rennison and Christian Pfrang – Financial Times A corner of Wall Street has been gripped by the unknown identity of a trader that has been buying up Vix call options priced at 50 cents each, swelling to account for nearly 10 per cent of the listed market. The FT has now reported that bankers with knowledge of the trades say the so-called “50 Cent” – a reference to the American rapper known for his breakthrough album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – is the well-heeled, London fund called Ruffer, which even…

Virtu and Citadel Securities go head to head in HFT; Multi-asset services key for buy-side execution; Why do asset prices move? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Things I Learned About Finance Bros by (Briefly) Dating a Finance Bro Tara Isabella Burton – The New Yorker It’s not that they’re actually ever mad at the valet. They just want him to learn. /goo.gl/d7Tmpa ****SD: Good for your daily dose of laughs (and some cringes). “They will take you to very trendy experimental-cocktail bars that they read about on Gothamist. They will encourage you to try something with twenty ingredients. They will order an Old Fashioned. Every. Single. Time.” Lead Stories Virtu and Citadel Securities go head to head in HFT Philip Stafford and Nicole…

ETFs Create Stock Markets That Are Both Mindless and Too Expensive, Study Says; Equity derivatives no longer dominate derivatives trade; One Very Big Strike Against Active Management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Healing wishes are in order for Cinnober Executive Chairman Nils-Robert Persson, who joined the club by undergoing knee replacement surgery. No word on whether he used a Nasdaq listed company’s joint hardware for the surgery. My presentation and panel for the Chicago Civic Federation at the Federal Reserve went well yesterday, though I could have been a lot sharper. The feedback was good, but my own grading was not high for my performance. I did learn a lot about government bankruptcy and the challenges faced by the City of Chicago and…

Virtu and KCG – A Tale of Technical Leverage?; Cowen in talks to buy Convergex; Wall St volatility gauge closes at highest level of 2017 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian John Lothian News has learned that OCC President and COO Mike McClain has resigned and left the organization. His last day was two days ago when the OCC held a goodbye event in Chicago. The official narrative is that he left for personal reasons, including the continued attention to his wife, who is battling illness. Other sources have cited the high turnover the OCC has seen in recent years and some of the pressures at the core of that for McClain’s departure. McClain had been with the OCC for 15…

New China options to pave way for open commodities trading; Amsterdamtrader stops; “Open outcry” is in retreat but futures and options trading-volumes surge Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories New China options to pave way for open commodities trading Lucy Hornby – Financial Times As China prepares to introduce its first options contracts for commodities trading, the head of one of the country’s leading bourses for raw materials has shrugged off fears that the move will add to the extreme volatility in commodities seen in 2016. “We [in China] are behind international markets because we have too few tools, too few products,” says Li Zhengqiang, chairman of the Dalian Commodity Exchange, adding that introducing more products and new instruments like options will help hedge risk, not add…

High-frequency traders discredit Japanese stock market narratives; Deutsche Boerse expects EU statement of objections to London Stock Exchange merger in second week of December; Virtu calls on US regulator to examine risks of ETFs John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Happy Thanksgiving John Lothian News Team Just a quick note to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. It’s a great time to sit down with friends and family and reflect on the things we are grateful for. We are especially grateful for all of you, our readers, sponsors, friends and family. We are thankful for all of you. We wish you a safe and happy holiday. We’ll be back on Friday. ++++ The Commodities Disruptor by Chris Outcalt – Galvinize It was 3 a.m., and the warm Kenyan air smelled of jet fuel. Julie Lerner had just completed a…