Open Outcry Options Pit Trading is Dead..Long Live Open…

MarketsMuse Strike Price update profiles a “return from the past and into the future” look at what many veteran (and former) option mart floor traders had all but given up for lost thanks to the electronification and bifurcation of institutional options trading. We’re talking about those legacy, open-outcry trading pits,…Read More

7 May, 2015

Best Execution Algos for Options Trading: Dash Dares To… Strike Price section profiles trading systems vendor Dash Financial algorithm-based approach to securing options market “best execution” in the ever-increasing world of options mart fragmentation and the wacky rebate schemes that have proliferated across the electronic options exchange landscape. Below is courtesy of extracted elements from April 20…Read More

21 April, 2015

Nuveen, Now Under TIAA-CREF Umbrella Takes On ETF Issuers..Again

Nuveen, known as one of the exchange-traded-fund industry’s first pioneers is back, and now they’re loaded for bear with a fresh angle courtesy of parent company TIAA-CREF. Courtesy of, here’s the long and the short of the Nuveen’s reincarnation:  Nuveen Investments Inc. is rebooting a campaign that may culminate…Read More

3 March, 2015

Should You Have An All-ETF Portfolio? Betterment CEO Has…

MarketMuse update is courtesy of CNBC. CEO and Founder of Betterment , Jon Stein, offered his commentary on this issue to CNBC. Betterment is an automated investing service that provides optimized investment returns for individual, IRA, Roth IRA & rollover 401(k) accounts. There's a natural progression in the way the public responds…Read More

19 February, 2015

A Safer Options Bet For Arbing $AAPL and $GOOG…

MarketsMuse update profiling a very intriguing options strategy for professional traders is courtesy of a.m. edition of "Sight Beyond Sight" , the global macro strategy-centric publication from Rareview Macro LLC. The MM editors include former option market-makers and we're reasonably confident that the following idea has not yet been considered…Read More

13 February, 2015

Global Macro ETF: A Rareview- Look No Further and…

MarketsMuse global macro trading insight courtesy of extract from 4 Feb edition of Rareview Macro LLC’s “Sight Beyond Sight” with reference to $MVE and $MVMVE [caption id="attachment_2349" align="alignleft" width="150"] Neil Azous, Rareview Macro[/caption] There are a lot of moving parts overnight, including the continuing debate on whether crude oil has…Read More

4 February, 2015


As the exchange-traded fund marketplace continues to evolve, the recent introduction of "exchange-traded managed funds", aka ETMFs, has opened Pandora’s Box for those who have embraced "traditional" ETFs because of their transparency, real-time pricing (vs “end of day price setting”) and the relative ease of diagnosing liquidity by interrogating bid-offer…Read More

26 January, 2015

Dark Pool Tales Part 3: Fidelity Leads Buy Side-Only…

In what has become an ongoing “trilogy-type” story straight out of Hollywood, the WSJ reports today that Fidelity Investments is set to launch yet the latest “dark pool” initiative via a consortium of and exclusively for buy-side investment managers. The announcement comes on the heels of a recently-profiled NYSE initiative…Read More

20 January, 2015 Announces Finalists for ETF Industry Beauty Pageant Awards;…

“And the nominees are…” MarketsMuse update profiles ETF industry portal annual awards for ‘Best Of’ across 25 different categories, with more than 100 nominees. Winnners will be announced at an awards dinner that will take place March 19 at Pier 61 in New York City. Below please find the…Read More

20 January, 2015

Steven Wallman’s Holistic Approach to Trading

MarketMuse update courtesy of’s Cinthia Murphy Steven Wallman was a commissioner with the SEC in the mid-1990s. An authority on securities markets and trading, today he leads an ETF-centered online brokerage, Folio Investing. Wallman is also keen on seeing the SEC start using a thoughtful “holistic” method to evaluate…Read More

12 January, 2015

SEC Flip-Flops on Non-Transparent ETFs; What’s Next? “NextShares!” ;…

A MarketsMuse Special column…. Within less than 2 weeks after the all-visionary SEC blocked NYSE Arca from listing non-transparent, actively managed ETFs developed by ETF Industry icon BlackRock Inc., as well as those designed by upstart Issuer Precidian Investments (see MM edition Oct 23), this past Thursday, the same almighty…Read More

9 November, 2014

Rare Events Taking Hold: Macro View Looking for Upside…

Below excerpt is closing conclusion courtesy of Oct 28 edition of Rareview Macro LLC publication "Sight Beyond Sight" [caption id="attachment_1904" align="alignleft" width="200"] Neil Azous, Rareview Macro LLC[/caption] The Federal Reserve (FED) will make its policy announcement tomorrow. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) will make its statement at the end of…Read More

28 October, 2014
non-transparent ETFs

SEC SmackDown of Non-Transparent ETFs-No Secret Sauces!

In an effort to reign in a powerful campaign to launch secret sauce ETFs that have no business being used by ordinary investors, the SEC scored a smackdown on the creation of non-transparent ETFs in a recent ruling that blocks plans by ETF giant BlackRock as well as Precidian Investments…Read More

25 October, 2014

Blood On The Streets; Buy The Bounce? A Sensible…

Below extract from this a.m. edition of "Sight Beyond Sight", the global-macro strategy insight courtesy of Stamford, CT-based, macro strategy "think tank" Rareview Macro LLC Blood on the Streets Provides Counter-Trend Trading Opportunities • Our 30,000 Foot Takeaways • Model Portfolio Update: Closed EUROSTOXX and Dow Jones Index Short •…Read More

16 October, 2014

Macro View : Bears & Bulls & Sheep; The…

MarketsMuse Editor Note: At risk of pounding the table too frequently by pointing to global macro strategy think tank "Rareview Macro" and their high-frequency of prescient postulating...the below excerpt from this a.m.'s edition of Rareview's Sight Beyond Sight illustrates why this analyst is become the analyst ..For those confused by…Read More

15 October, 2014

Puzzle Palace: What’s a Smart ETF Investor Supposed To…

If this week's volatility has unnerved you, take a deep breathe, sit back and consider the following assessments courtesy of global macro strategy think tank Rareview Macro and extracts of this a.m. edition of "Sight Beyond Sight." The Puzzle [caption id="attachment_1904" align="alignleft" width="200"] Neil Azous, Rareview Macro LLC[/caption] Today's edition…Read More

10 October, 2014

Now We Have an International IPO ETF…

CT - October 7, 2014 - Renaissance Capital LLC, a global IPO investment advisor providing institutional research, investment management and indexing services, announced today the launch of the Renaissance International IPO ETF, an exchange traded product that tracks an index of newly public international companies prior to their inclusion in…Read More

7 October, 2014

Macro-Strategy Insight to Latest Events in Hong Kong and..”What…

MarketsMuse Editorial Note: Below is extract from Oct 1 edition of macro-strategy commentary courtesy of Rareview Macro LLC's daily publication "Sight Beyond Sight"..We often profile this content from macro strategy expert and author Neil Azous, simply because since we first started following SBS commentary, it has become one of those…Read More

2 October, 2014