The Spread: Home, Sweet Home

Matt Raebel

Matt Raebel


This week on The Spread, Cboe and the CME Group announce new “mini” products, LedgerX announces a new volatility index for bitcoin, and more.


Welcome to The Spread, where we’re finally back in the studio! I’m Matt Raebel. We’ve got a lot of news this week, but first, a quick correction: last week I flubbed when I said the OCC cleared 693 thousand contracts in June. It was actually 693 million contracts. Sorry for any confusion.  Seems like bitcoin options have become quite the hot commodity in the world of cryptocurrency; the Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi and the Cayman Island-based announced this week that they were going to begin offering options trading to their customers. Meanwhile, LedgerX announced the launch of a new index that tracks the volatility of bitcoin using bitcoin options prices from exchanges like Deribit. What’s going on? It’s almost like there’s some huge need for hedging instruments in the cryptocurrency markets! The bitcoin index is called BitVol, and it was developed by the folks at T3 Index, the creators of the SPIKES Index. You can read more about it on John Lothian News dot com. Speaking of which, John Lothian himself wrote an article this week declaring his support of IEX’s D-Limit Order Type, which I would be remiss not to mention as well because John signs my checks. While we’re at it, this week JLN’s Sarah Rudolph published another edition of JLN’s “Unsung Heroes” series – a Q and A with the CME Group’s COO Julie Holzrichter. JLN Editor Thom Thompson and Contributing Editor Suzanne Cosgrove also have new stories up this week about the cannabis industry and ESG investing, respectively. You can check those out at the same place. On Monday Cboe announced that the Cboe Futures Exchange is set to launch Mini VIX Futures on August 10. They’re one-tenth the size of your standard VIX future, but twice the fun! I don’t actually know if that last part’s true because things like that depend on who you ask. A day after that announcement broke, the CME Group announced that they had a new mini derivatives product of their own launching on August 31 – Micro E-mini Options! That is to say, options on its Micro E-mini S&P 500 and Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures contracts. What is it about miniature versions of things that people like so much? Mini Snickers bars, mini Coopers, mini Yorkshire terriers…well, I guess mini derivatives contracts let you adjust your exposure with more granular detail. Agh…now I can’t stop thinking about miniature dog breeds. By the way, don’t forget that MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity 2020 is next week! It’s free to registered participants, so if you haven’t signed up already, check out the link below this video. It’ll take you straight to our EventBrite page where you can get registered before you can say MarketsWikiEducation. That’s it for The Spread this week, thanks for watching – feels good to be back in the studio.  We’ll see you next week – until then, happy trading.

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Sources:, Huobi Enter Booming Crypto Options Scene
Paddy Baker – Coindesk

LedgerX is taking another shot at a bitcoin fear gauge
Frank Chaparro – The Block

How T3 Index’s “VIX-Like” Index for Bitcoin Works
Matt Raebel – JLN

The D-Limit Order Type of IEX Has My Support
John Lothian – JLN

Unsung Heroes Series: Q&A with CME Group COO Julie Holzrichter
Sarah Rudolph – JLN

CME Group Announces Aug. 31 Launch of Micro E-mini OptionsA
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