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The Crowded Short Vol Trade; Earnings drive swings; Monthly volumes Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with nothing but junior staff running around trying not to mess things up? In the cryptocurrency space, that’s clearly not the case. The CFTC on Friday said CME Group and Cboe Global Markets were okay to launch their respective bitcoin futures products through the self-certification process. CME quickly announced it would launch bitcoin futures on December 18, and then Monday morning, Cboe announced a December 10 launch date and free…

Bitcoin certifications; Least Volatilite Year Ever?; Interactive Brokers customers file complaint Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin John J. Lothian – JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged…

JLN Options: All about the crowd in VIX ETPs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Hurricane to Cost Tens of Billions, but a Quick Recovery Is Expected Conor Dougherty and Nelson D. Schwartz – NY Times The brutal storm pummeling the Houston area is likely to rank as one of the nation’s costliest natural disasters, with tens of billions in lost economic activity and property damage across a region crucial to the energy, chemical and shipping industries. But economists say the region is likely to recover quickly and may even experience a bump in growth from rebuilding. nyti.ms/2xKa4Ct ++++++ Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery Julie Turkewitz, Richard…

Bitcoin Options Firm LedgerX Crosses Key Launch Hurdle; The Volatility Bubbling Just Below The Surface; Popularity of WTI Options Has Risen Alongside Volatility in Crude Oil Prices Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight More Turnover At The Top: Garry Jones Out At LME Jim Kharouf, JLN Garry Jones is out as CEO of the London Metal Exchange, perhaps marking a new path for the metals bourse. From a personal perspective, Jones is among the CEO set with deep knowledge of the derivatives and exchange space, with stints at NYSE LIFFE/NYSE Euronext, ICAP and BrokerTec. His insight into the derivatives space was usually thoughtful and on target. He inherited an exchange that was due for major changes and he implemented them. Switching the LME from its prior member-owned culture to one…

JLN Options: ISE Shelves Plan to Bring Pari-Mutuel Settlements to Options Market Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Shelves Plan to Bring Pari-Mutuel Settlements to Options Market  Katy Burne – The Wall Street JournalAll bets are off on one firm’s bid to make playing the options market a bit more like going to the track.The International Securities Exchange has shelved plans for an options contract using technology also known in the world of horse races — so-called pari-mutuel settlement, in which all bets are pooled upfront and the winners’ take comes out of the pool.http://jlne.ws/1azr690 Big Rally — So the Market Defies Gravity?Andrew Giovinazzi – The Options InsiderWhat a difference a day makes.  The relatively subdued…

JLN Options: Potential Tax Change Could ‘Decimate’ Options Trading Volume Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Potential Tax Change Could ‘Decimate’ Options Trading Volume  Kaitlyn Kiernan, The Wall Street JournalTabb Group’s Andy Nybo weighed in Thursday and on a proposed tax change that could “decimate trading volumes” in the options industry.http://jlne.ws/Z5D5DR U.S. options clearer moves to end trade type dominated by NasdaqAnn Saphir, ReutersThe clearinghouse for all stock options said Thursday it will adopt a policy aimed at abolishing a dividend-linked trading strategy that critics say could destabilize markets if left unchecked.http://jlne.ws/Z5E2MB New CBOE CEO Aims to Take Volatility Franchise Global  Jacob Bunge, The Wall Street JournalThe new chief executive of the Chicago Board Options Exchange…

JLN Options: Options Week in Review Newsletter,Options

A recent Tabb Group report found that high-frequency trading is dominating US options trading, and that keeping up with the pace of technology in a climate of tight budgets and low trading volumes is becoming too difficult for many firms.  The industry is transforming as smaller “mom and pop” market making firms disappear. The CBOE VIX, known as the “fear index,” is up 30% this month, but a chart shows that longer maturities through September have barely budged, leading Susquehanna Financial Group’s Chris Jacobson to conclude that the VIX spike is just a blip rather than a longer term trend,…

JLN Options: ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed Bump Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed BumpBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe “fear index,” which jumped 18% on Wednesday, is up 30% this month. But dig a little deeper to see the way the market prices S&P 500 (SPY) volatility has barely budged.http://jlne.ws/13kP7t6 Quantitative easing is like a ‘huge glass of warm milk’ for VIXTom Bemis, MarketWatchNicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, argues Wednesday that if these were normal times, the fear index would be double where it is.http://jlne.ws/XTCqai Volatility Readings Signaling Systemic Changes for Stock, Gold, FX?John Kicklighter, Daily FXVolatility is used by many as a…

JLN Options: VIX Bets Post Biggest Rally in 7 Weeks as S&P 500 Drops Newsletter,Options

Commentary & Insight Raj Mahajan, Allston Trading CEO, Talks HFT and the Business of Prop TradingMarketsWiki.tv Raj Mahajan took the reins at Allston Trading as CEO in September 2012 and has spent a good deal of his time looking at the issue of high frequency trading (HFT). Allston has been one of the proprietary trading firms who has been willing to publicly discuss HFT, regulation and the future of that form of trading. Mahajan spoke with JLN’s editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about HFT as well as the business challenges and opportunities for prop firms. Watch the video » Lead Stories VIX…