The Spread was created at the start of 2018 as a more lighthearted way to distribute and comment on options-related news. Since then, the weekly recap hosted by JLN Editor Spencer Doar has undergone a few upgrades and some on-location episodes. Stay tuned! 

The Spread – For Cheddar or Worse

The Spread – For Cheddar or Worse

This week on The Spread: MIAX scores another legal win, Nasdaq raises fees to pay for upgrades they hope will give them a competitive edge, and the CME Group gets cheesy with new options and futures contracts.

The Spread: Stocks rise and snow falls

The Spread: Stocks rise and snow falls

A Halloween snowstorm plays a trick on FIA Expo; new research says the stock market has become more volatile each year since 1958, but the VIX was down significantly the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 after a positive jobs report sent the Nasdaq and S&P 500 to record heights.

The Spread: All is Vanity

The Spread: All is Vanity

Short vol trades, CME’s response to the notorious Vanity Fair article, bitcoin options competition, and Cboe decommissions its legacy physical port connectivity for Cboe Futures and Cboe Options.

The Spread: Cboe moves, MIAX wins, CME vs Bakkt

The Spread: Cboe moves, MIAX wins, CME vs Bakkt

Cboe moves, MIAX wins, CME vs Bakkt Cboe moves C1 to its Bats technology and moves its floor, MIAX wins patent case against Nasdaq twice, and options are big news in the cryptocurrency world. Produced by Mike Forrester  Follow The Spread...

The Spread – October is Fear Month

The Spread – October is Fear Month

October is a scary month, what with Halloween, the fear gauge jumping up and down, and a “Murder” of drones attacking Saudi Aramco. This week’s edition of The Spread will help you face your fears. Or not.

The Spread: Brexit, Bitcoin, and Saudi Arabian Oil Options

The Spread: Brexit, Bitcoin, and Saudi Arabian Oil Options

Brexit deadline worries sparked a jump in options on interest rate contracts on ICE Futures Europe, Saudi Arabia oil options created unexpected winners after a drone attack on their oil fields, and Cboe returns its trading floor to its original spot in the CBOT building. Also, ALTSO Rocktoberfest.

The Spread – In/Stability

The Spread – In/Stability

It appears Congress still us little old options folks on the radar as the Options Market Stability Act is back in action! Also, JPMorgan has a Trump-related volatility measurement that we talk about in this week’s episode of “The Spread,” the last with Spencer Doar as host.

The Spread – Banking On It

The Spread – Banking On It

Activities in big bank options market making, Boris Johnson’s surprise announcement and James Harden’s offensive basketball acumen are all covered in this week’s episode of “The Spread.”

The Spread – LIBOR Edition

The Spread – LIBOR Edition

In this episode of “The Spread,” we look at the history of the LIBOR, a financial innovation that grew to underpin trillions of dollars of derivatives contracts before becoming the centerpiece of one of the largest financial scandals of our time.

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