Junk-Bond, Loan ETF Outflows Among Biggest Ever Amid Turmoil

Jun 4, 2019

Observations & Insight

12th Annual FIA International Derivatives Expo
You can watch some of IDX 2019 at the link below:


Options Volume — May, 2019

Lead Stories

Junk-Bond, Loan ETF Outflows Among Biggest Ever Amid Turmoil
Molly Smith – Bloomberg
The volatility in global markets is wearing on exchange-traded funds that buy risky corporate debt as investors pull money out.

Trump’s Brexit Strategy Is Anathema to Sterling
James Mackintosh – WSJ
There was plenty of pomp at Buckingham Palace when Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, but Her Majesty’s currency has a message for the U.S. president: his advice on dealing with Europe is profoundly unwelcome to holders of sterling.

Shelters Are Becoming Rare In This Market Storm
John Authers – Bloomberg
Gimme Shelter.
Before I took some time off, alert readers may remember that I suggested Mexico as a haven from the trade war. The trade war I had in mind was the one between the U.S. and China. Unfortunately, we now also have to worry about a trade war waged by the U.S. against Mexico. Sadly, Mexico will provide no shelter whatever in that conflict. So where do we go for refuge?

5 Questions with Mark Phelps, G. H. Financials Group CEO
Trading Technologies
Mark Phelps has earned a sterling reputation in the futures industry by driving business at many levels throughout his career. His path to Group Chief Executive Officer at G.H. Financials Limited began over 20 years ago as a pit official at The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, LIFFE. Along the way, Mark has successfully built strong business relationships among prop shops that have been a leading source of liquidity for major futures exchanges across the globe.

Exchanges and Clearing

OCC May Volume Up 13.1 Percent
OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in May reached 464,971,407 contracts, a 13.1 percent increase compared to last May, and the highest total volume for May in OCC’s history. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is 19,609,615, down 8.0 percent compared to 2018’s record-breaking pace.

Options Exchange Marketshare — May, 2019

CME Group Reaches Second-Highest Monthly Volume Ever, Averaging 23.9 Million Contracts Per Day in May 2019
CME Group
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, reached average daily volume (ADV) of 23.9 million contracts during May 2019, up 19% from May 2018. Open interest (OI) at the end of May was 143 million contracts, up 24% from year-end 2018 and up 14% from May 2018. OI reached a record 143.5 million contracts on May 23, 2019.
Equity Index volume averaged 4.2 million contracts per day in May 2019, up 61% from May 2018.

May sees mixed trading figures for Eurex
Eurex Exchange
Despite a slight decrease in total trading volume, Eurex, Europe’s largest derivatives exchange and part of Deutsche Börse Group, saw increases in equity and equity index derivatives trading and a number of new trading records.
The overall number of traded contracts was 173.2 million compared to 184.0 million in May 2018, a decrease of 6 percent. Increases of 3 and 8 percent respectively for traded contracts in European equity index derivatives and European equity derivatives contrasted with traded contracts in European interest rates derivatives. These stood at 50.6 million, a decline of 25 percent year-on-year (67.4 million in May 2018).

Remarks of FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken at IDX 2019
Welcome to FIA’s 12th annual IDX conference—the international gathering of our industry to discuss and debate the issues of the day while having a little fun. The week of IDX has a tradition, or some might call it a curse, of attracting unexpected political activity.
Three years ago, IDX occurred the same month as the Brexit vote, preventing government officials from participating in the conference. Two years ago, a snap election in Britain during the week of IDX also banned UK officials from participating. This year President Trump decided to visit London during IDX and drop by 10 Downing Street, only to find Theresa May packing her bags.

Regulation & Enforcement

NY Fed pushes banks to step up preparation for Libor’s demise
Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times
One of the Federal Reserve’s top policymakers has urged the finance industry to ramp up preparations for the end of Libor, saying speculation that the world’s most influential interest rate benchmark might survive beyond 2021 is fanciful.
Randal Quarles, the US central bank’s vice-chair for supervision, told a conference of financiers that “you should take the warnings seriously”.


Fragmentation vs. Liquidity: Can Technology Resolve the Debate?
Larry Tabb – TABB Forum
Today’s traders are focused on technology and connectivity, and buy-side traders increasingly are leveraging tools and techniques for developing and selecting algorithms. While these algos have helped traders lower their transaction costs, however, breaking up large trades into smaller pieces and executing them over time leaves the trader open to both market impact of a poorly timed, executed, or selected algorithm, as well as the opportunity cost of not executing immediately and leaving the trade open to a potentially market-moving event. This cuts to the heart of the age-old debate: Can an order both limit market impact and opportunity cost? TABB Group founder and research chairman Larry Tabb examines the new technologies and services that are helping limit impact and opportunity cost as they enable clients to leverage algorithms, gather liquidity, and keep orders in the market.


Intercontinental Exchange Appoints John Tuttle Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer of NYSE Group and Michael Blaugrund Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Group
Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, announced today that John Tuttle has been appointed Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer of NYSE Group. In this expanded new role, Tuttle will lead commercial outreach and business development of NYSE Group, spearhead its efforts to win the largest IPOs, grow the exchange’s community of 2,300 listed companies, and oversee creation of new offerings for industries such as biotechnology and other growing sectors of the economy.


3 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks for a Turbulent Market
Steven M. Sears – Barron’s
Feeling anxious about the turbulent stock market? There’s a remedy for that. Buy stocks that reliably pay attractive dividends—and thus provide some sanctuary at a time when the stock market is behaving like a bellowing fire.

Conditional Orders: The Great Liquidity Aggregator
Campbell Peters – TABB Forum
As the US equities marketplace has grown more and more fragmented, conditional orders quickly are becoming the de facto method for buy-side traders to aggregate liquidity in a decentralized marketplace. Despite the widespread adoption of conditional orders, however, the complexities around evolving use cases, as wells as the fact that each ATS offers its own flavor of the order type, can be confusing. TABB Group analyst Campbell Peters examines the various conditional order functionality across dark venues, the automation of the conditional order workflow, and the growth of conditional liquidity-seeking algos beyond blocks.




8th Annual New York Summer Outing
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Location: Suite 02 at Yankee Stadium
Time: 5:30 p.m. until the game ends (game time 7:05 p.m.)
Event: Dinner, Drinks, and the New York Yankees vs. the Tampa Bay Rays
FIA Operations Americas 8th Annual New York Summer Outing will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 and feature the New York Yankees vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. There will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy while we visit with old and new friends that together will make for an evening of fun and relaxation. Register early to confirm your space (we can take a maximum of 60 registrants for this event). Registration closes on Wednesday, July 10. For registration questions, please contact Mary Freeman at +1 202.466.5460.


Time to Position For Potential Volatility Ahead
Bloomberg (AUDIO)
Marvin Loh, Global Macro Strategist, State Street, joined Bryan Curtis and David Ingles on Daybreak Asia. He says there are several issues spooking markets that may not get resolved in the short to medium term. He goes on to discuss concerns for the U.S. economy with ongoing trade tensions.

Euronext CEO: flows of capital already moving to Europe due to Brexit
Inti Landauro – Reuters
Flows of capital have already moved over to continental Europe as a result of Brexit, said the head of pan-European stock market operator Euronext on Tuesday.

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