The Spread – A New Year – 1/4

Spencer Doar

Spencer Doar

Associate Editor

It’s hard to believe 2018 is in the rear-view mirror, but markets stop for no one. So without further ado, enjoy the first episode of “The Spread” in 2019.

Below are the stories referenced in this week’s episode:
Youtube -> Up, Down, Touch the Ground (Sing Along Song)
Reuters -> China to launch rubber, cotton and corn options on Jan 28
John Lothian News -> A Look at Nascent Chinese Commodity Options
Bloomberg -> ‘Flash-Crash’ Moves Hit Currency Markets
CNBC -> Fed chief Jerome Powell says he would not resign if Trump asks
Crain’s Chicago Business -> Tastytrade, Peak6 invest $10 million in new exchange
John Lothian News -> The Spread – Vol Strikes Back: Top Stories of 2018

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