Welcome to The Spread, I’m Matt Raebel.
Archegos Capital Management, founded by Bill Hwang, a former Tiger Management analyst who previously pleaded guilty to insider trading in 2012, apparently quietly built up loads of stakes on margin using derivatives like total return swaps. This week, Archegos defaulted on its resulting credit exposure, forcing it to unwind positions estimated in the billionsI think the phrase, “don’t write checks your butt can’t cash,” was invented specifically for situations like this one.
Speaking of risky bets, we’ve mentioned Deribit quite a lot on this show, the unregulated, Panama-based crypto exchange where the majority of bitcoin options are traded worldwide and whose name sounds a bit like the noise a frog makes.
This week, Deribit announced the future launch of a bitcoin volatility index called DVOL, which will provide a gauge of the 30-day annualized implied volatility of bitcoin. The company said it won’t be a VIX-like, like T3’s BitVol, but it seems confident enough in its potential utility that Deribit is planning to launch futures based on the DVOL at an unspecified future date. Who knows – maybe by then, the CME Group will have announced a similar product.
Speaking of the CME, the company announced this week that over a million of its micro e-mini equity options contracts have traded since their launch on August 31, 2020. It’s not that surprising; micro futures and options contracts have been hot since they were first launched. Besides requiring less capital to pay for the premiums on them, micro e-mini contracts provide more granularity than regular-sized contracts for traders because of their smaller size, so they’re pretty useful for experienced traders who want to fine-tune their options strategies.
And finally, news broke this week that the SEC approved Cboe Global Markets’ plan to introduce periodic auctions on its BYX equities exchange. Periodic auctions give market participants access to price-forming auctions throughout the course of the trading day, which helps them find liquidity in a short time-frame while prioritizing price and size. Periodic auctions were first launched in Europe, but Cboe hopes to bring them to North America in Q3 of this year.
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Archegos Implosion: Options Expert Explains How Derivatives Caused It
Vicky Ge Huang – Business Insider
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