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VIX Volumes Soar; India’s Extended Derivatives Hours JLN Options Newsletter,Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – It Was Nasdaq Week – 9/14 JohnLothianNews.com What do an unexpected forecast for rain, long-standing animus in the clearing tech space and a speed bump have in common? In this week’s episode of “The Spread” the answer is Nasdaq. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++ What does your clearinghouse DEFCON scale look like today? Jim Kharouf – JLN Talk about timing. Ten years after the collapse of the global financial market and a decade of rebuilding it, Nasdaq reports that Nasdaq Clearing had to cover for a clearing member…

LJM Fund Closes Due to Vol Bet; Markets’ Derivatives Knowledge; ‘The Tail Grabbed the Dog’ Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 2/5 – 2/9 JohnLothianNews.com This is a bit of an early edition of our weekly options news recap as snow has blanketed Chicago and will continue to fall for the next few days. As another result of being Chicago-based, there is a built in affinity for the Bulls and the Bears. Well, bears are having more fun at the expense of bulls as a crazy trading week altered recent market norms. (This sports metaphor falls apart pretty quickly…) Watch the video and read the stories referenced here » ++++++ February Options Volumes…

The VIX Can’t Cause Vol – Cboe’s View on Volatility ETPs Blog,Commentary,Feature

As volatility began to surge in February, and then exploded on the fifth of the month, exchange traded products (ETPs) that shorted or provided inverse exposure to VIX futures came under fire. The two most popular, Credit Suisse’s VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange traded note (ETN), ticker XIV, and ProShares’ VIX Short VIX Short-Term Futures exchange traded fund (ETF), ticker SVXY, were the main focus, as they suffered huge losses. Trading in them was halted and then Credit Suisse announced it would liquidate its note. Those two products, more than any other, put intense scrutiny on such volatility products…

VIX options record; Bets on falling VIX; New Optiver CEO Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Announces Promotions to Leadership Team OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced several promotions to its leadership team. “To fulfill its role as an effective and efficient Systemically Important Financial Market Utility and serve as a forceful advocate for the U.S. exchange-listed options industry, OCC must be seen as a destination for top talent,” said Craig Donohue, OCC Executive Chairman and CEO. “Through the work of our entire team, OCC has been able to attract and retain very knowledgeable individuals across a wide range of expertise who are adding value to the…

Big FX bets bunched around Jackson Hole meeting; Options trader gets 1.5 years in prison; VIX Options Volume Record Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Sarah Rudolph – JLN Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange‘s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at…

The Great ‘Buy the Dip’ / ‘Sell the Volatility’ Trade; Stocks Keep Calm Amid Carrying On; U.S. equity options project calm as French election looms Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The Great ‘Buy the Dip’ / ‘Sell the Volatility’ Trade RCM Alternatives Attain Blog We can’t stop thinking/talking/analyzing volatility, in what has become the defining trade of the past few years. As JPM’s quant Marko Kolanovic put it via ZeroHedge: “Shorting volatility is a multi-year alpha generating strategy utilized by the largest pension funds, asset allocators, asset managers and hedge funds alike that has profited from selling into short-term vol spikes (similar to ‘buying the dip’). It will continue being done until it ceases working; it remains a +++ performance driver for now.” You can see this clearly…

Is a VIX of VIX Too Many Derivatives? Blog

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Last week at the FIA conference in Boca Raton, the Chicago Board Options Exchange announced a new CBOE VIX of VIX Index (VVIX) that measures the volatility of the CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX index). The VIX index itself is a measure of the market’s expectation of future volatility implied by the prices of options on the S&P 500 stock index. Who are the likely users of the index? Anyone who trades volatility products or watches the VIX index, according to Catherine Shalen, director, research and product development, for CBOE. “It is a natural offshoot of the VIX; it uses…