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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.”

Donald MacKenzie Takes a Long Look at High-Frequency Trading and its History

Donald MacKenzie Takes a Long Look at High-Frequency Trading and its History

Donald MacKenzie, a professor of sociology at University of Edinburgh, became fascinated with high-frequency trading 10 years ago, specifically about the alpha involved in speed. John Lothian News interviewed Professor Donald MacKenzie over Zoom about his new book “Trading at the Speed of Light; How Ultrafast Algorithms are Transforming Financial Markets,” published by Princeton University Press.

Bradley Rotter – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part One

Bradley Rotter – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part One

Bradley Rotter has been a pioneer in financial futures, hedge fund investing and cryptocurrencies. He was on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade when financial futures were just getting started. He convinced Merrill Lynch they needed a financial futures expert and was hired, then later moved to New York to work for EF Hutton before returning to Chicago to become the floor manager for AG Becker & Co. when bonds were first traded in the old South Room of the CBOT.

Jim Marzano – The History of Financial Futures

Jim Marzano – The History of Financial Futures

Broker and Trader of Financial Futures at CBOT Shares Tales of Early-Day Hiccups Jim Marzano thought he was going to be a grain merchandiser at Stotler Grain. Instead, he ended up being a broker and a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. In fact, he made the first...

Everything old is new again

Everything old is new again

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is picking up where it left off in 1986 with regular issuances of bonds with nominal 20-year maturities. (“Nominal” because the bond will be issued on June 1 and pay out 19+ years later on May 15.) The bonds will pay semi-annual interest.

Trouble at Ronin?

Trouble at Ronin?

With everyone looking for the first big financial collapse of the coronavirus market meltdown, all eyes turned to Ronin, a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm, last Friday.

FIA Expo Day Two: Alternatives to LIBOR

FIA Expo Day Two: Alternatives to LIBOR

Transitions, disruptions and outright change are not new to the futures and options industry, but at this year’s FIA Expo, those themes seemed to loom especially large. One of the biggest changes the industry is facing is the transition from LIBOR to other...

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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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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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