— SEC, CFTC open VIX probe. Bloomberg: "Allegations that Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s widely used VIX benchmark is being manipulated have drawn attention from regulators. The nation’s top two markets watchdogs -- the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- opened investigations into the gauge of stock market volatility, according to people familiar with the matter. One topic of examination is the monthly process through which the price of VIX futures contracts is calculated... That monthly auction has been the focus of intense scrutiny this year, spurred by wild price swings and a 2017 research paper alleging the process is rigged. The stakes are big. Billions of dollars of derivatives contracts and exchange-traded products are tied to the index. " … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
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Nguyen, who arrived in the U.S. as a Vietnamese refugee and forged a legal career before losing his license to practice law last year after failing to pay clients settlement money, twice said the district was full of “homeless and trash” and that some people are beyond being helped by permanent supportive housing. And while he’s not against such housing, Nguyen said, he’d also like to see what he dubbed “alternative” housing, including a possible sanctioned encampment in a specific area. (The infamous and now-disbanded Jungle encampment was in District 7.) … [Read more...] about San Jose City Council candidates face off over homelessness, transportation
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