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The Volatility Paradox: Calm Markets but Soaring ‘Fear Gauge’ Trading; European Index Derivatives Markets Positioned to Support Trading Needs of Investors; A hot new hedge fund is based on smart computers picking off dumb ones

Observations & Insight EDITOR'S NOTE: JLN Options is happy to have Henry Schwartz, President of Trade Alert, as a guest editor this week. Take it away Henry! Complex Orders and Daily Options Volume Henry Schwartz - Trade Alert It's a great honor to edit the JLN...

Keeping Tabbs on the Options Industry

The outlook for the options industry is a lot less sunny than the skies in Miami Beach, if you listen to the Tabb Group's Andy Nybo. The industry faces major challenges right now, including a lessening of liquidity, widening bid-ask spreads, and market fragmentation,...

SEFCON Snapshot 2014, Part III: The New Market Structure

The WMBA Americas hosted SEFCON V on November 12, 2014, and John Lothian News was there. We interviewed 14 SEF operators, regulators and participants and put together this three part series on the state of SEFs one year into the mandate. Part III looks at the new...

SEFCON Snapshot 2014, Part I: Technology and Innovation

The WMBA Americas hosted SEFCON V on November 12, 2014, and John Lothian News was there. We interviewed 14 SEF operators, regulators and participants and put together this three part series on the state of SEFs one year into the mandate. Part I looks at the state of...

The Changing Face of “Mom and Pop” Traders

By Catherine Clay, CEO of Livevol When Andy Nybo talks, I pay close attention. I’m sure I’m not alone because Andy, head of derivatives research at the TABB Group, delivers some great research. Some of his recent research concerns the rise of the individual retail...

Collateral Update from Ted Leveroni of Omgeo

After the 2008 financial crisis, national and international regulators laid the groundwork for new capital requirements for banks, dealers, funds and investors. From margin requirements on the $624 trillion swaps market to the stringent bank capital requirements in...

JLN Options: Options Week in Review

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...

ISE Polishing Up New "Topaz" Exchange

ISE Polishing Up New “Topaz” Exchangeby Sarah Rudolph, JLNThe International Securities Exchange is a few steps closer to making the already crowded field of U.S. options exchanges even more crowded.  On March 1, 2013, the Securities & Exchange Commission issued an...

Alan Grigoletto on OIC’s new education efforts

Alan Grigoletto was recently promoted to vice president, education at the Options Industry Council (OIC), where he is responsible for expanding OIC’s educational efforts, including developing educational programs for the European markets.  He was interviewed by Sarah...

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Regional Resiliency: COVID endangers Chicago’s global status

Regional Resiliency: COVID endangers Chicago’s global status

First Read $9,141/$300,000 (3%) Diane Saucier ++++ Peter Wind, Longtime Industry Colleague and Mentor, Passes Away By John J. Lothian It is with a heavy heart I report that former Cargill Investor Services (CIS) executive Peter Wind has passed away at the age of 70....

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