FIA today released data for global futures and options trading in the first quarter of 2020 that shows the total number of contracts traded on derivatives exchanges worldwide rose to 11.41 billion, an all-time quarterly record and an increase of 43.2% over the first quarter of 2019. “The tremendous increase in trading volumes clearly demonstrates […]
Digital Vega is continuing to ramp up its business ahead of a series of new launches this year with the hire of Rob Wemyss as a non-executive director and head of business development. Wemyss, who joins after 25 years with JP Morgan where he was global head of FX options, is the latest in a […]
The volume of exchange traded currency futures and options traded in 2019 grew just 0.2% compared to the previous year, according to new data from the Futures Industry Association (FIA). In total, 3.9 billion currency futures and options were traded on exchanges last year. This means that in percentage terms, this segment – which accounted […]
Options on bitcoin futures are now available on CME’s Globex platform. “Based on actively traded Bitcoin futures, our new contract offers a cost-efficient tool to hedge uncertain markets,” says CME in a release issued today. The exchange group adds that these options will provide a new way for traders to diversify their trading strategies and […]
CME Group has announced plans to launch options on its bitcoin futures contracts in Q1 2020, pending regulatory review. “Based on increasing client demand and robust growth in our bitcoin futures markets, we believe the launch of options will provide our clients with additional flexibility to trade and hedge their bitcoin price risk,” says Tim […]
As electronic trading went mainstream, it created an explosion of growth in the market. But has this growth run out of steam? Galen Stops takes a look. The Big Bang Theory – in addition to being a popular American sitcom – is a well-known scientific thesis that posits the universe started with a small singularity […]
Galen Stops takes a closer look at the new latency mechanism being introduced to FX and certain equity options products by Eurex, in a bid to improve the order book. Speed bumps seem to be the topic de jour in the listed derivatives markets just now, with the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) winning approval to implement […]
New regulations will increase the cost of FX prime brokerage (FXPBs) services and all market participants – including executing brokers (EBs) – will have to share these costs, says a new report from Citi.The report, Collateral Damage? How Uncleared Margin Rules Will Revolutionise the FXPB Business Model, argues that FXPB is entering a “new market paradigm” driven by upcoming regulatory requirements that will increase both the value proposition and the cost of the services that they provide.The Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) alluded to in the title of the report require market participants to post and segregate initial margin (IM) for derivatives transactions, including FX forwards, swaps and options, that are traded bilaterally.
A new research note from CME Group looks at whether FX options skews can be used to predict where certain currencies will move relative to the US dollar.Written by Erik Norland, executive director and senior economist at CME, the research opens by explaining that options markets typically exhibit a skew, but that in different asset classes this skew can be in different directions.For example, Norland points out that out-of-the-money (OTM) put options on equity index futures are usually more expensive than OTM call options because investors fear a sudden decline in stock prices more than a sudden rise. However, the reverse is generally true for options on agriculture products because food buyers are more concerned with a sudden increase in the price of crops rather than a decline.
Robert Bogucki, who was facing six counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy, was acquitted by a federal judge in Northern California today. Bogucki, the former head of Barclays’ New York FX operation was charged last year in an indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to front run client orders. Bogucki was alleged to have misused information provided to him by Hewlett Packard (HP), which had hired Barclays to execute an FX transaction – which required the sale of £6 billion of options– related to the planned acquisition of a UK-based company in 2011. Bogucki previously lost a bid to dismiss the case.