Product Specifications

CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index Options


The CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (Ticker: VXEEM) is an up-to-the-minute market estimate of expected 30-day volatility of "emerging market" equity prices. VXEEM is calculated using the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) methodology, applied to CBOE listed options on the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM). The CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index uses real-time bid/ask quotes of nearby and second nearby options with at least 8 days left to expiration, and weights these options to yield a constant, 30-day measure of expected volatility.


Strike Price Intervals:
Minimum strike price intervals of not less than 1 point are permissible, subject to certain conditions. See Rule 24.9.01(1).

Strike (Exercise) Prices:
In-, at- and out-of-the-money strike prices are initially listed. New strikes can be added as the calculated forward value of the index moves up or down and upon request.

Premium Quotation:
Stated in points and fractions, one point equals $100. Minimum tick for series trading below $3 is 0.05 ($5.00); above $3 is 0.10 ($10.00).

Expiration Date:
The Wednesday that is thirty days prior to the third Friday of the calendar month immediately following the expiring month. If the third Friday of the calendar month immediately following the expiring month is a CBOE holiday, the Expiration Date for the contract shall be thirty days prior to the CBOE business day immediately preceding that Friday. See Rule 24.9(a)(5).

Expiration Months:
Up to three near-term months plus up to three additional months on the February quarterly cycle. LEAPS may also be listed.

Exercise Style:
European - VXEEM options generally may be exercised only on the Expiration Date.

Last Trading Day:
The business day prior to the Expiration Date of each month.

Settlement of Option Exercise:
VXEEM options are A.M.-settled; the exercise-settlement value for options on VXEEM shall be a Special Opening Quotation (SOQ) of VXEEM (Ticker - VXEST) calculated from the sequence of opening prices as reported by CBOE of a single strip of EEM options expiring 30 days after the settlement date. The opening price for any series in which there is no trade shall be the average of that option's bid price and ask price as determined at the opening of trading. Exercise will result in delivery of cash on the business day following expiration. The exercise-settlement amount is equal to the difference between the exercise-settlement value and the exercise price of the option, multiplied by $100.

Position and Exercise Limits:
50,000 contracts on either side of the market and no more than 30,000 contracts in the nearest expiration month.

Customer Strategy-Based Margin:
Purchases of puts or calls with 9 months or less until expiration must be paid for in full. Writers of uncovered puts or calls must deposit / maintain 100% of the option proceeds* plus 20% of the aggregate contract value (current (spot or cash) index value x $100) minus the amount by which the option is out-of-the-money, if any, subject to a minimum for calls of option proceeds* plus 10% of the aggregate contract value and a minimum for puts of option proceeds* plus 10% of the aggregate exercise price amount. (*For calculating maintenance margin, use option current market value instead of option proceeds.) Additional margin may be required pursuant to Exchange Rules 12.3(h) and 12.10.

Customer Portfolio Margin:
VXEEM options are eligible for a portfolio margin account. The magnitude of the valuation point range under CBOE Rule 12.4 (Portfolio Margin) for VXEEM options held in a portfolio margin account is +/- 20%. The price of the VXEEM security futures contract with a corresponding expiration will be used to calculate theoretical gains and losses for VXEEM options. Additional margin may be required pursuant to Exchange Rule 12.10.

CUSIP Number:
12504N 105

Trading Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Central Time (Chicago time).

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