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The Low Vol Puzzle; Post Bank say BOJ should sell puts; Buying dips Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

Bitcoin issues; No CAT Delay; Goldman ready for vol Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Bitcoin Exchange That CME Plans to Use for Futures Is Down Camila Russo – Bloomberg This is exactly what the bitcoin futures naysayers have been warning about: One of the exchanges which CME Group Inc. would use to price the contracts is having serious issues. jlne.ws/2AIefQY ****SD: Not good. But this is partially why CME gathers pricing data from multiple other trading platforms – GDAX, itBit and Bitstamp. Here’s the methodology for CME’s CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) and CME CF Bitcoin Real Time Index (BRTI). To understand how a “down exchange” dynamic can play out,…

Maybe Strangely Low Stock Volatility Isn’t So Strange After All; Trump era brings lowest stock market volatility since early 1960s Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Maybe Strangely Low Stock Volatility Isn’t So Strange After All Sarah Ponczek – Bloomberg Volatility is low. But does that mean it’s abnormal? A group of researchers and economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York set out to answer that very question in a blog post Monday; the results weren’t so clear cut. “Are investors complacent? The evidence is mixed,” they wrote. jlne.ws/2ABxk72 ****JB: Another article on the same topic from the Financial Times Trump era brings lowest stock market volatility since early 1960s John Authers and Joanna S Kao – Financial Times The year after…

Oil to $80?; VIX pop; China opens access Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Industry Discusses Cryptocurrencies and DLT JohnLothianNews.com At the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo in mid-October, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants about upcoming milestones and trends in financial markets. This fifth video in the series is the first to cover the crazily popular cryptocurrency space and its technological underpinnings. In part one, Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of Cboe, Drew Shields, Trading Technologies’ CTO, Thomas Flake, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of bcause, Kevin Darby, managing partner at Blue Trading Systems and Chris Hehmeyer, CEO of Hehmeyer Trading +…

Trump’s Year of Low Volatility; Derivatives add value – study; Cboe’s sector options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A year after Trump’s election, market volatility has eluded everyone CNBC It’s been a year since consensus opinion was punctured by a Donald Trump electoral win and a market rally that deflated Wall Street oddsmakers’ view that a Clinton loss would slam stocks. Yet even the small minority expecting a Trump victory and positive market response mostly thought heightened market volatility would be a feature of an establishment-deriding president set on raising the economic metabolism and waging trade wars. jlne.ws/2AjoJpF ****SD: The FT has an array of charts encapsulating Trump’s year in office thus far here. Derivatives add…

Goldman exits options market making; Historic volatility; SocGen struggles Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Goldman Sachs to Withdraw From Part of U.S. Options Market Brian Louis – Bloomberg Will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. exchanges; Traders struggling with high costs, low volatility in options Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. options exchanges, following others in exiting that business amid high costs, sluggish volume and low volatility. /goo.gl/hxa23m ****SD: WSJ here. What’s the tech angle? More bronze than gold? Other “Goldman struggles” news from Reuters – Goldman taps energy execs in bid to turn around commodities unit Historic Volatility Recently Dropped Below 1.7…

Cboe acquires Silexx assets; Calmest VIX month; OCC blog; Bad vol info Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight October 2017 Options Exchange Market Share via OCC Lead Stories Cboe Global Markets Acquires Assets of Silexx Financial Systems Cboe Cboe Global Markets, Inc. today announced it has acquired the assets of Silexx Financial Systems, LLC, a Sarasota, Florida-based company that develops and operates an innovative multi-asset order and execution management system (OEMS) that caters to institutional customers throughout the U.S. jlne.ws/2A9RFkC ****SD: Luckily, no relation to Skrillex (if you’re not familiar, don’t bother). Accomplishing The Impossible (Or, How OCC Interns Added Value To The World’s Largest Equity Derivatives Clearing Organization) David Hoag – Medium “We don’t…

CME To Launch Bitcoin Futures; Mexico Spent $1.25 Billion on Oil Hedge; Scary Charts Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Industry Discusses MiFID II, Part II JohnLothianNews.com At the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo in mid-October, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants about upcoming milestones and trends in financial markets. This is the second video in the series focused on MiFID II. Specifically, part two focuses more on the MiFID II effects on U.S. based participants. In part two, Drew Shields, CTO of Trading Technologies, Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, Neal Brady, CEO of Eris Exchange, Julie Winkler, chief commercial officer for CME Group, and Ben…

IMF warns volatility products loom as next big market shock; Sports Gambling Is Quant Trading Firm’s Way to Beat Market Odds Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories IMF warns volatility products loom as next big market shock Miles Johnson – Financial Times The International Monetary Fund has warned that the increasing use of exotic financial products tied to equity volatility by investors such as pension funds is creating unknown risks that could result in a severe shock to financial markets. on.ft.com/2A0vA8b Sports Gambling Is Quant Trading Firm’s Way to Beat Market Odds Kit Chellel and Annie Massa – Bloomberg Susquehanna will wager on football, basketball from Dublin; Firm’s founder Yass is a poker whizz who deploys statistics Susquehanna International Group has always embraced game theory,…