ETF and Options Execution Firm Expands Global Footprint: More…

  Courtesy of Wall Street Letter reporter Sean Creamer Institutional brokerage WallachBeth Capital LLC will expand its staff to bolster electronic trading across exchange-traded funds and options over the next two years, according to Michael Wallach, CEO. The agency broker-dealer aims to bring on 15-20 people, some of whom may…Read More

30 November, 2013

Trading Twitter ($TWTR) Options: Eye On Implied Volatility

  Courtesy of Kaitlyn Kiernan, Wall Street Journal Twitter Inc.'sTWTR -1.67% frenzied initial public offering last week is about to be followed by a highly anticipated debut on Friday of options tracking the company’s stock. But with such a short track record in the stock, prices on the newly listed options…Read More

15 November, 2013

‘The Skew is the Clue”; Options Mart Pros Point…

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Kiernan, Wall Street Journal Oct. 29, 2013 7:37 p.m. ET   The latest record run for U.S. stocks is sending up caution flags in two corners of the options market that rack investor sentiment.   Hefty demand for options that would benefit from a further rise in…Read More

30 October, 2013

Securities Industry Recognizes Women of Excellence : Wall Street…

Courtesy of TradersMagazine Women Trailblazers, Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Rising Stars and Others Honored for Their Achievements October 17, 2013 – Trading is and always has been a man's world. But there are exceptions to every rule. Women in trading have made their imprint on an industry that has not always been…Read More

17 October, 2013

Traders Wipsawed, The Tape Doesn’t Lie; Stock Prices Will…

Below courtesy of Rareview Macro;  MarketsMuse Editor caveat: Below is excerpt of independent opinion courtesy of contributor, this should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any type of securities. Portfolio Update The short position in the S&P 500 was covered and a long position was initiated yesterday…Read More

15 October, 2013

News Tweets Culled from Twitter for Investor Sentiment-Does It…

Courtesy of 4 Oct 2013Gauging investor sentiment from tweets and other social media is receiving support from the trading and academic communities. “Twitter is full of alpha-generating potential,” said Emmett Kilduff, CEO and founder of Eagle Alpha, whose product Social Sonar, channels Twitter-based intelligence on stocks and global macro…Read More

7 October, 2013

A Rare View: Macro Strategist Desk Notes Mon Oct…

A guest columnist submission courtesy of Rareview Macro Monday Oct 7 2013 Macro:  Long Japan Nikkei after a 6% correction and German DAX against short US S&P 500 allow one to participate in further international equity appreciation should the US Dollar weaken further. This also protects the downside in case…Read More

7 October, 2013

Technology, Transparency and Choice Drive Buy Side’s Investment in…

                       The U.S. market for exchange-traded options took off during the past decade. The buy side is increasingly looking at options as instruments to hedge risk exposure and generate alpha, according to TABB Group's recent report on the state of the…Read More

20 August, 2013

Buyside Manager Adopts OMEX Systems’ Execution Platform; $850mil AUM…

New York, NY, Aug 7-- OMEX Systems LLC, the provider of broker-neutral DMA and OEMS technology for firms active in the equities, options and futures markets, announced that a customized version of the vendor’s OEMS platform has been implemented by Durango, CO-based Swan Wealth Advisors, the $850mil AUM risk management…Read More

7 August, 2013

Stock ‘fear gauge’ flawed, Equity Trading Chief says

  Excerpts courtesy of Simon Jessup, Reuters   MarketsMuse Editor Note: Yes, the headline and the article are both elementary observations for many; yet there remain many others (including investment managers) who misunderstand the meaning of VIX     Investors seeking to predict the magnitude of share price moves at…Read More

11 July, 2013

Trading Systems Vendor to ETF and Options Trading Firms…

New York, NY, July 10--OMEX Systems, LLC (“OMEX”), the provider of broker-neutral DMA and OEMS trading systems for broker-dealers and buy-side investment firms active in stocks, options and futures announced the addition of 2 more trading technology veterans to the firm’s New York office, bringing the 5-year old company’s total…Read More

10 July, 2013

Bearish ETF Bets Most Expensive in Two Months: China…

  By Belinda Cao - Jun 16 Options traders are paying the most in two months to protect against drops in the largest Chinese exchange-traded fund in the U.S. on concern a local money-market cash crunch will deepen a slump in Asia’s biggest economy. The cost of three-month puts on…Read More

16 June, 2013

Proposed #Tax on #Options Strategies: Lawmakers Going Looney?

Courtesy of Andy Nybo and TABB Forum A proposal to reform the taxation of financial instruments would dramatically change the tax treatment for options strategies, potentially decimating trading volumes by as much as 40%. And it is not the so-called ‘fat cats’ of Wall Street that will be impacted by…Read More

29 May, 2013

Put-Write ETF $HPVW Focuses On Income

  Courtesy of Tom Lydon Yield generation has been a hot topic as investors look for alternative income sources in a low-rate environment. ALPS with Rich Investment Solutions recently launched an exchange traded fund that seeks to provide income through a sophisticated options strategy. The U.S. Equity High Volatility Put…Read More

26 May, 2013

BOX Exchange Gets SEC OK to Trade Jumbo S&P…

   Courtesy of Nina Mehta/Bloomberg LP BOX Options Exchange, the third- smallest of 11 U.S. options venues, will be the first to begin trading larger-size contracts on the most-active U.S. equity derivatives product, according to a company executive. BOX will list and trade contracts based on 1,000 shares of the…Read More

8 May, 2013

California Pension Fund Manager Catches On to Options To…

  Courtesy of Peter Chapman MarketsMuse Editor Note: This is a late post; the original article was published Mar 21. Given the use of options as a means to enhance returns for pension funds has remained ridiculously under-explored by fiduciaries since listed options were introduced 4 decades ago, now that…Read More

4 April, 2013

New High For $SPY Despite Mixed Market Signals; Corps…

Refreshing Market Commentary courtesy of Ron Quigley, Mgn.Dir./Head of U.S. Syndicate Desk & Primary Sales for Mischler Financial Group. With Washington in full-out gridlock, Americans should be turning to the best national news, namely corporate profits.  Corporations are driving the resurgence in equity markets posting overall fabulous earnings.  The flight…Read More

5 March, 2013

Generating Income with ALPS’ New Put-Write ETF ($HVPW)

Courtesy of Max Chen ALPS Portfolio Solutions has launched a new exchange traded fund that provides investors with income through selling put options on the largest U.S. stocks with the highest volatility. The U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index Fund (NYSEArca: HVPW) tries to reflect the performance of the…Read More

5 March, 2013