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The Spread – Week of 3/26 to 3/29 Video,video

Heyo! Markets in 2018 = not boring. This week in The Spread we cover gyrating indices, a gigantic deal, the resurgence of “exotic” ETPs, the Easter holiday, the start of the MLB season and a few sour notes in the financial media space. The following are the stories referenced in this week’s options-related news recap: CNN – Disgraced Aussie cricketers return home after ball tampering ban Reuters – Exchange operator CME Group to buy Britain’s NEX for $5.5 billion Financial News – CME plans hundreds of job cuts after £3.8bn NEX takeover Automated Trader – Automated Trader Homepage BuzzFeed News…

CME to buy NEX; White House Amazon Whiplash Adds to Tech Volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Editor’s Notes There will not be a JLN Options newsletter tomorrow, as major U.S. and European markets will be closed for Good Friday. Japanese and Taiwanese exchanges will be open. An interesting development in ags via USA Today – U.S. soybean acres planted to exceed corn acreage for the first time in 35 years. Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and enjoys the start of the MLB season. (I’ll refrain from baseball partisanship – there are some office schisms…) Lead Stories Exchange operator CME Group to buy Britain’s NEX for $5.5 billion Noor Zainab Hussain, Sinead…

13-Year High for Nasdaq Fear Premium; Lessons from Corrections Past Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Tech Stocks Fear Premium Just Jumped to a 13-Year High Luke Kawa – Bloomberg The disruptors are getting ditched as tech fear spreads well beyond Facebook. /bloom.bg/2uxHl74 ****SD: Different chart on same subject from Bloomberg. Also from the WSJ – Tech’s Risk Bill Comes Due The Lesson From Stock Corrections Past? 200 Days of Pain Lu Wang, Sarah Ponczek and Elena Popina – Bloomberg S&P 500 fell 14% on average in five similar selloffs since ’09; Current rout would rank at bottom in duration if ended now Remember the last time stocks fell so hard? You probably don’t,…

OCC Continues To Clear the Path for the Exchange-Listed Options Industry; Dow and S&P double number of 1% moves in all of 2017 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany for 3/27 Spencer Doar – JLN Not much of a surprise, but during the last week of talk about a potential trade war, the volatility of FXI – the main China ETF for options – has been significantly higher than SPX volatility, though still in an 8 handle trading range. Readings for FXI vol have been between 23 and 31, while VIX has moved between 16 and 24. Yesterday, Comex April gold and May copper futures settled on strikes and since it was options expiration day, calls at 1355 and 2.97, respectively, were exercised and puts…

Volatility Soars on Trade War Talk; Milder Trade Winds Help Ease Chill Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 3/19 to 3/23 JohnLothianNews.com The JLN team is back in Chicago to bring you a more conventional episode of The Spread. Thank heavens our teleprompter was back in action – ad libbing a poolside chat was wicked difficult. You are likely up to date on the potential Biden v. Trump title fight that was in the headlines this week, but are you up to date on the week’s happenings in options? Watch the video here » Lead Stories Volatility Soars on Trade War Talk Danny Riley – Nadex These trade wars with…

The Spread – Week of 3/19 to 3/23 Commentary,Video,video

The JLN team is back in Chicago  to bring you a more conventional episode of The Spread. Thank heavens our teleprompter was back in action – ad libbing a poolside chat was wicked difficult. You are likely up to date on the potential Biden v. Trump title fight that was in the headlines this week, but are you up to date on the week’s happenings in options? The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: Reuters – CFTC ‘astounded’ as Congress prepares to cut budget WSJ – SEC Urges Exchanges to End Standoff on Trading Data Bloomberg – Volcker…

Bank regulators to revise capital rules for trading risk; The Growing Influence of Asia In Derivatives Trading Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Congressional CFTC Budget Decision Lacks Vision and Reason John Lothian – JLN A reasonable person could see that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission needs an increase in its budget to address the growing responsibility it has acquired over US markets in recent years and the dramatic development and investment in fintech and cryptomarkets. A reasonable person, Democrat or Republican, would vote for the modest increase the CFTC requested unless they suffer from a chronic case of market myopia. But alas, the budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives cuts the CFTC’s funding by $1 million…

Scholes on team launching low-vol cryptocurrency; CFTC ‘astounded’ as Congress prepares to cut budget; Volatility Leaves Europe Banks Whipsawed Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Saga token: Nobel winner Myron Scholes on team launching low-volatility cryptocurrency Eshe Nelson and Joon Ian Wong – Quartz Last year, when the price of bitcoin rose 1,000%, you might have regretted not buying in. Now that it has fallen almost 40% so this year, perhaps you don’t have as many regrets. The murky trading and wrenching volatility of cryptocurrencies threaten their place as a fundamental plank of the future financial system, as proponents are pushing. Now, a group of famed economists and financial innovators have a plan to address those challenges by creating “the first non-anonymous blockchain-based…

Vol-targeting a bad scapegoat; Trafigura moving hedging ops; Facebook fears Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca JohnLothianNews.com After much travel and a spell of ill health, we can confidently say The Spread is back in action. Our “weekly” options news recap will be much more of a weekly affair now. (Flu season is pretty much over, right?) The JLN crew was at FIA Boca last week and your humble host really struggled without our usual teleprompter rig. As such, welcome to a rambling, stumbling version of The Spread that includes some outtakes from my poor pool performance. If you just want the behind the scenes…