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How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down

How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down

Lead Stories How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down Andrew Bary - Barron's Options trading by retail investors may account for the strength in the S&P 500 during the morning this year and weakness in the afternoon. The S&P 500 is up 9%...

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The Spread – July 23, 2021

The Spread – July 23, 2021

Volatility makes a return appearance as the Delta variant jangles nerves; Treasury bond yields perk up; July options expire; John Lothian chats with Cboe’s Ed Tilly about a World of Opportunity; UBS and SEC reach a settlement; FIA Tech expands; and the Options Institute’s Kevin Davitt explains why contract size matters in the “Term of the Week.”

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Crypto Nomads: Surfing the World for Risk and Profit

Crypto Nomads: Surfing the World for Risk and Profit

First Read $51,906/$300,000 (17.3%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff The STA is holding the 88th Annual Market Structure Conference in person on October 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC with the title "The Great Return." That is a very good...

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FlexTrade Systems, Inc.

FlexTrade Systems, Inc.

SGX has agreed to acquire MaxxTrader, the FX order management system from FlexTrade Systems, for $125 million. MaxxTrader is an FX platform designed to allow sell-side institutions to privately manage and issue price information to clients and the market.  ...

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The Spread – July 23, 2021

The Spread – July 23, 2021

Volatility makes a return appearance as the Delta variant jangles nerves; Treasury bond yields perk up; July options expire; John Lothian chats with Cboe’s Ed Tilly about a World of Opportunity; UBS and SEC reach a settlement; FIA Tech expands; and the Options Institute’s Kevin Davitt explains why contract size matters in the “Term of the Week.”

Ed Tilly: Opportunities at Cboe Global Markets – MWE World of Opportunity

Ed Tilly: Opportunities at Cboe Global Markets – MWE World of Opportunity

Cboe Global Markets Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Tilly sat down with John Lothian News over Zoom for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series to discuss current opportunities at the Cboe as the exchange operator continues to expand globally. He also talked about how Cboe is responding to increased retail investor demand. He noted opportunities are still available on the trading floor and mused about what he would do if he were starting his career today.

Robin Wood – From Greenwood Project and University of Illinois to the NFA – World of Opportunity

Robin Wood – From Greenwood Project and University of Illinois to the NFA – World of Opportunity

Robin Wood found the Greenwood Project via a group chat while a student at the University of Illinois and that connection led to an internship and full-time position with the National Futures Association. Wood was interviewed by NFA communications specialist Joseph McCarthy in the offices of John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity video series. She talks about the Greenwood Project and her experiences at NFA, including joining the futures regulator during a pandemic.

Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles is the executive director of talent recruitment at the OCC. He spoke to John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity video series about the work from home environment and how to make it work. He offered insights as an engaged worker in a remote working world. He spoke about six different ways to be engaged in a virtual environment.

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Crypto Nomads: Surfing the World for Risk and Profit

Crypto Nomads: Surfing the World for Risk and Profit

First Read $51,906/$300,000 (17.3%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff The STA is holding the 88th Annual Market Structure Conference in person on October 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC with the title "The Great Return." That is a very good...

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THE HISTORY OF FINANCIAL FUTURES EPISODE: GAME CHANGERS, PART II

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How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down

How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down

Lead Stories How Options Trading Is Driving Up Stocks—and Driving Them Down Andrew Bary - Barron's Options trading by retail investors may account for the strength in the S&P 500 during the morning this year and weakness in the afternoon. The S&P 500 is up 9%...

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The Spread – July 16, 2021

The Spread – July 16, 2021

Options traders torn between higher Inflation and steady Fed policy; June market share up at MIAX; John Lothian talks about a World of Opportunity; SEC charges binary options shop with fraud; Moscow Exchange set to offer quarterly options on U.S. stock index futures; and the Options Institute’s Kevin Davitt talks about implied volatility in the “Term of the Week.”

Meaghan Dugan Cooks Up a Stellar Path to Electronic Trading

Meaghan Dugan Cooks Up a Stellar Path to Electronic Trading

NYSE executive Meaghan Dugan always worked in kitchens as a youth and had dreams of becoming a famous chef. She even earned a degree in culinary science. However, instead of donning a poofy cap for a career as a chef, she pursued a career in the markets at the Pacific Stock Exchange and wore a colorful jacket.

Tim Brennan Took the Leap to a New Frontier of Trading

Tim Brennan Took the Leap to a New Frontier of Trading

Tim Brennan did not know what he wanted to do after graduating from a small liberal arts college with a degree in psychology. As with many other traders from this era, his mom had a friend who could get him a job as a runner at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Alex Lamb Aways Landed Amid Opportunity In Early Years Of European Futures Trading – Part 2

Alex Lamb Aways Landed Amid Opportunity In Early Years Of European Futures Trading – Part 2

Alex Lamb pursued one opportunity after another in the burgeoning financial futures markets in Europe starting in the mid-1970s, then later with technology providers to markets around the world that migrated to electronic formats. After he hired Gary Kemp as a programmer to connect GMI and DTB and then develop a front-end screen that turned into Trading Technologies’ desktop offering, Kemp returned the favor and hired Lamb at TT.

Alex Lamb Always Landed Amid Opportunity in Early Years of European Futures Trading – Part 1

Alex Lamb Always Landed Amid Opportunity in Early Years of European Futures Trading – Part 1

Alex Lamb wanted to be a helicopter pilot in the U.K. Royal Airforce. He never had the chance, but he strategically landed opportunity after opportunity in the banking, trading and related technology businesses during his long and varied career.

Lamb even helped launch the firm Trading Technologies, outlining to then contractor Gary Kemp what he wanted for a new electronic trading screen that would allow brokers to enter orders for multiple accounts and be able to track them more efficiently. That was the genesis of the screen that became Trading Technologies’ desktop offering.

The Spread – July 9, 2021

The Spread – July 9, 2021

Chicago, a data destination; SEC, Robinhood and payment for order flow; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Retail trading continues to percolate; and Cboe’s Kevin Davitt explains the differences between equity and index options in the “Term of the Week.”

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

I have written a letter to the President of the United States about the need for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have a permanent chair named and confirmed. I have suggested that Rostin Behnam, the current acting chairman of the CFTC, should become the permanent chair of the Commission.

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Because of the importance of cotton to our nation’s beginnings and all the other commodities it residually drove the production of, the U.S. commodity and related derivatives markets are among the most important in the world. I am writing to you today to urge you to appoint a permanent chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Spread – July 2, 2021

The Spread – July 2, 2021

Finra socks Robinhood with its biggest-ever fine; Cboe acquires Chi-X Asia Pacific; OCC reports another volume gain; NIO takes its cue from options; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Looking for volatility; and Jermal Chandler explains hedging in the options “Term of the Week.”

Ed Tilly: Opportunities at Cboe Global Markets – MWE World of Opportunity

Ed Tilly: Opportunities at Cboe Global Markets – MWE World of Opportunity

Cboe Global Markets Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Tilly sat down with John Lothian News over Zoom for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series to discuss current opportunities at the Cboe as the exchange operator continues to expand globally. He also talked about how Cboe is responding to increased retail investor demand. He noted opportunities are still available on the trading floor and mused about what he would do if he were starting his career today.

Robin Wood – From Greenwood Project and University of Illinois to the NFA – World of Opportunity

Robin Wood – From Greenwood Project and University of Illinois to the NFA – World of Opportunity

Robin Wood found the Greenwood Project via a group chat while a student at the University of Illinois and that connection led to an internship and full-time position with the National Futures Association. Wood was interviewed by NFA communications specialist Joseph McCarthy in the offices of John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity video series. She talks about the Greenwood Project and her experiences at NFA, including joining the futures regulator during a pandemic.

Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles is the executive director of talent recruitment at the OCC. He spoke to John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity video series about the work from home environment and how to make it work. He offered insights as an engaged worker in a remote working world. He spoke about six different ways to be engaged in a virtual environment.

The Spread – July 16, 2021

The Spread – July 16, 2021

Options traders torn between higher Inflation and steady Fed policy; June market share up at MIAX; John Lothian talks about a World of Opportunity; SEC charges binary options shop with fraud; Moscow Exchange set to offer quarterly options on U.S. stock index futures; and the Options Institute’s Kevin Davitt talks about implied volatility in the “Term of the Week.”

Meaghan Dugan Cooks Up a Stellar Path to Electronic Trading

Meaghan Dugan Cooks Up a Stellar Path to Electronic Trading

NYSE executive Meaghan Dugan always worked in kitchens as a youth and had dreams of becoming a famous chef. She even earned a degree in culinary science. However, instead of donning a poofy cap for a career as a chef, she pursued a career in the markets at the Pacific Stock Exchange and wore a colorful jacket.

Tim Brennan Took the Leap to a New Frontier of Trading

Tim Brennan Took the Leap to a New Frontier of Trading

Tim Brennan did not know what he wanted to do after graduating from a small liberal arts college with a degree in psychology. As with many other traders from this era, his mom had a friend who could get him a job as a runner at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Alex Lamb Aways Landed Amid Opportunity In Early Years Of European Futures Trading – Part 2

Alex Lamb Aways Landed Amid Opportunity In Early Years Of European Futures Trading – Part 2

Alex Lamb pursued one opportunity after another in the burgeoning financial futures markets in Europe starting in the mid-1970s, then later with technology providers to markets around the world that migrated to electronic formats. After he hired Gary Kemp as a programmer to connect GMI and DTB and then develop a front-end screen that turned into Trading Technologies’ desktop offering, Kemp returned the favor and hired Lamb at TT.

Alex Lamb Always Landed Amid Opportunity in Early Years of European Futures Trading – Part 1

Alex Lamb Always Landed Amid Opportunity in Early Years of European Futures Trading – Part 1

Alex Lamb wanted to be a helicopter pilot in the U.K. Royal Airforce. He never had the chance, but he strategically landed opportunity after opportunity in the banking, trading and related technology businesses during his long and varied career.

Lamb even helped launch the firm Trading Technologies, outlining to then contractor Gary Kemp what he wanted for a new electronic trading screen that would allow brokers to enter orders for multiple accounts and be able to track them more efficiently. That was the genesis of the screen that became Trading Technologies’ desktop offering.

The Spread – July 9, 2021

The Spread – July 9, 2021

Chicago, a data destination; SEC, Robinhood and payment for order flow; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Retail trading continues to percolate; and Cboe’s Kevin Davitt explains the differences between equity and index options in the “Term of the Week.”

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

I have written a letter to the President of the United States about the need for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have a permanent chair named and confirmed. I have suggested that Rostin Behnam, the current acting chairman of the CFTC, should become the permanent chair of the Commission.

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Because of the importance of cotton to our nation’s beginnings and all the other commodities it residually drove the production of, the U.S. commodity and related derivatives markets are among the most important in the world. I am writing to you today to urge you to appoint a permanent chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Spread – July 2, 2021

The Spread – July 2, 2021

Finra socks Robinhood with its biggest-ever fine; Cboe acquires Chi-X Asia Pacific; OCC reports another volume gain; NIO takes its cue from options; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Looking for volatility; and Jermal Chandler explains hedging in the options “Term of the Week.”

Look! Something New To Spoof

Look! Something New To Spoof

Every month PanXchange publishes some of the summary data they have calculated from hemp trading, collected from their trading platform and reported to them by market contacts. In addition to the indications of the ongoing weakness in many hemp prices, the June Benchmark & Analysis carried a report about what can be taken as a sign of the growing sophistication of the hemp marketplace: Hemp traders are spoofing! (Maybe not a good thing.)

John Walls – The Path to Electronic Trading

John Walls – The Path to Electronic Trading

John Walls is an executive with ADM Investor Services, but he started in the industry like many others of his generation as a trading floor messenger or runner. As a runner on the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange trading floor working for Shatkin Trading, Walls took advantage of nearly every opportunity he was presented with to learn all the different aspects of the markets and futures industry.

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