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CME Record International ADV; Martin Act Opposition; Nasdaq Completes Media/PR Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to the World Federation of Exchanges on its IOMA Clearing & Derivatives Conference, concluded on Friday. The event, as usual, attracted exchange, clearing and market infrastructure from several continents and was well focused on the challenges and issues facing global CCPs. Nicely done.~JK Ankur Kamalia, managing director, head of group venture portfolio management & DB1 Ventures at Deutsche Bˆrse said at the WFE IOMA conference that his group has met with 750 fintech firms over the past three years and invested in just seven. Among those is Digital Asset Holdings.~JK Interesting tidbit…

Treasury Pushing For Capital Rule and Volcker Changes Blog,Feature

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The US Treasury Department is addressing capital intensive rules that have constrained market participants from capital markets to community banks under the Volcker rule. Craig Phillips, counselor to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at the WFE IOMA conference in Chicago last Friday, said the department is looking at a variety of issues and challenges for market participants, ranging from restrictive leverage ratios and how those are calculated, to easing restrictions on banks and institutions in the capital markets to promote liquidity, to changes in the Volcker Rule. The Senate recently passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection…

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 products in the spotlight; Cboe’s pain; New VIX ETP Danger Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s volatility products in the spotlight; Market retains potential for upsets after February’s ‘Vix-mageddon’ Christian Pfrang and Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times (SUBSCRIPTION) A month ago global markets were thrown into a tailspin, with US equities suffering one of their fastest 10 per cent corrections in history. The mayhem raised questions about a small but complex corner of markets where investors trade volatility itself. jlne.ws/2FZ4elX ****SD: I still like vol-cano over Vix-mageddon. Armageddon is a one-off affair while volcanos light up with frequency. One line from the article that I’d say requires a lot more stipulations is:…

U.S. considering ‘material changes’ to ‘Volcker Rule’; Stock Bulls in Trump Country; Replacing Libor is harder in practice John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Man Who Molded Chicago’s Merc; Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, helped make his company the world’s largest manager of financial exchanges. Now he’s focusing on the development of Asian markets Jacob Bunge – WSJ In 1939, Leo Melamed learned about the power of financial markets in a bakery in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was 7 years old, trying to use Polish money to buy a loaf of bread. Though Lithuania’s government had deemed the two countries’ currencies equal in value, the baker informed Mr. Melamed that he’d need two Polish zlotys for a loaf that cost…

Stock Returns and Politics = Not Normal; VIX The Tail Wagging The Dog?; Euro Pressured as Volatility Rises Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Stock Returns, Like Politics, Are Not Normal; There are two primary reasons for the protracted decline in both implied and realized volatility. Dean Curnutt – Bloomberg Perhaps no consensus opinion has proven more incorrect than the notion that a Donald Trump presidency would lead to more market volatility. So range-bound has been the S&P 500 Index in 2017 that fully 60 percent of the days have produced a daily upside or downside return of less than 0.25 percentage point. /bloom.bg/2wqU4c9 ****SD: From WSJ – Investors Grapple With Signs of Unrest and from NY Times – The Stock Market…

CBOE to launch bitcoin future contracts; LedgerX Will Transform Cryptocurrencies; Traders are betting big on a stock market shock Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight July 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ****SD: In case you missed the OCC’s release yesterday about July cleared volume, you can find that here. ++++++ The Concept of Basis – Gregg Doud Education.MarketsWiki.com “The beauty of this industry is, I don’t care how much artificial intelligence or how many algorithms you use, you’re still going to have to have somebody that understands where stuff is supplied, where it comes from and where it goes and the trade flows associated with it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Gregg Doud,…

Hedge Funds Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Bond Valuations; Deutsche Börse expands its offer for start-ups; The Volcker Rule: How Trump’s New Regulator May Unleash Big Banks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms By Jim Kharouf and Jeff Bergstrom, JLN The 35th Annual Options Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a major focus on Washington, especially on a host of new proposals on tax and Dodd-Frank reforms. The conference, hosted by Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE in Scottsdale, Arizona, led with an interview with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) who outlined initiatives to address tax reform in 2017. Reed told OCC’s Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue that the tax reform may have enough…