The Weekend Update: April 29 – May 3, 2019


How a Lone Norwegian Trader Shook the World’s Financial System

On a breezy day in September, an ominous text message appeared on Fredrik Ekstrom’s phone: Go immediately to the war room…


The Spread – Calm Waters, For Some

A big deal for Harvest Volatility Management fell through and there were even more regulatory and enforcement happenings of note – we give all the updates in this episode of “The Spread.”

The Thorny Speed Bump Question

If the industry can agree on one thing, it’s to disagree about speed bumps. In this video, Chicago Trading Company Head of Market Structure…

MIAX in Minneapolis – SPIKES Futures to List on MGEX

DORAL, FLA. – In the first quarter of 2019, MIAX launched options trading on the SPIKES Index, a competing volatility index to Cboe’s VIX. SPIKES was developed by T3 Index and is based on SPY options instead of SPX options.  

OCC Developments To Consider Before the Options Industry Conference

The Options Industry Conference kicks off today, May 1. Much has changed for the industry’s central counterparty, the OCC, since last year’s gathering in Amelia Island, Fla…

Coinbase packs up Chicago office, brings talent to California

You know how coffee is best when it’s either hot or iced, but once it becomes lukewarm nobody wants anything to do with it? That’s about where the crypto markets are right now. Like a fresh cup of coffee, in late 2017 to early 2018 the crypto markets were hot and the more people…

Addressing (Legacy) Risk – Rob D’Arco, Rival Systems

One of Rival Systems’ big pushes in 2018 was developing value-at-risk (VaR) functionality for its platform. The rollout was a success, with one client successfully using Rivals VaR calculations to settle a debate with its clearing firm…

Reflections on Bart Chilton

I am very saddened to learn about the passing away of Bart Chilton. I had the privilege of working with Bart while he was Commissioner and I was a division director at the CFTC…

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