• Sep 20, 2019, 3:59 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: September 18, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: September 18, 2019

    The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is... Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 Inaugural Address is an unassailable masterpiece of optimism. With the unemployment rate hovering around 23.5% and GDP declining by 12.9% year over year, FDR delivered an incandescent speech that inspired hope during the worst of the Depression. By comparison, our current concerns seem downright pedestrian. At the moment, some of the things investors and traders have to fear include: Inverted Yield Curve Trade[...]

  • Sep 12, 2019, 4:57 PM

    How to Leverage Social Media to Your Advantage

    How to Leverage Social Media to Your Advantage

    As presidential candidates prepare to take the debate stage again tonight, we’re almost certain social media will be a buzz with “hot takes,” praise, criticism and conversation.  We’ve seen how the president’s Tweets can impact our markets, but he’s not the only influential person using Twitter. Cboe realized the influence social media can have on our world and launched a social media-based strategy benchmark indexes to track it in 2016—a pivotal year[...]

  • Sep 12, 2019, 9:49 AM

    That's a Wrap! Cboe RMC Europe Day 3 in Photos

    That's a Wrap! Cboe RMC Europe Day 3 in Photos

    The final day of Cboe RMC Europe started with a presentation from Hitendra Varsani, executive director of index research at MSCI, about the globalization of portfolio allocations. Varsani discussed the decline of size and home bias, as well as the rise of multi-currency futures to help mitigate currency risk. He also focused on the increase in trading of Cboe MSCI Emerging Markets Index options and the new emerging market and EAFE buywrite and putwrite benchmark indexes. The presentations that followed[...]

  • Sep 10, 2019, 4:19 PM

    Cboe RMC Europe: Day Two in Munich

    Cboe RMC Europe: Day Two in Munich

    Ed Tilly, Chairman, President and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, opened day two of Cboe RMC Europe with an update on the volatility market and Cboe’s products. Tilly introduced the conference keynote speaker, who discussed Brexit and its implications. Attendees then turned their attention to a panel discussion about equity volatility trading with representatives from Societe Generale, Legal & General Investment Management, Aviva Investors and Fulcrum Asset Management. The panelists discussed[...]

  • Sep 9, 2019, 5:22 PM

    Cboe RMC Europe Day One Recap

    Cboe RMC Europe Day One Recap

    RMC Europe is in full swing at the beautiful Andaz Munich hotel! Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for more updates from Munich. What’s Cboe RMC Without Some Volatility Talk? Tim Edwards, managing director of Index Strategy for S&P Dow Jones Indices, kicked off the conference with a talk about volatility benchmarks, including the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index) and Cboe Skew Indexes. Edwards discussed what these indexes may tell investors about market expectations for day-to-day volatility,[...]

  • Sep 4, 2019, 3:18 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: September 4, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: September 4, 2019

    If You Plant Ice, You’re Gonna Harvest Wind The trade war between the leaders of the two largest economies in the world continues to percolate; so too has volatility. Based on historical data, volatility as measured by intraday S&P 500 ranges tends to come in bunches. U.S. farmers, who have been the primary target for the Chinese in their efforts to counter the Trump Administration’s tariffs, have experienced volatility of their own. According to the American Farm Bureau, American[...]

  • Aug 20, 2019, 2:16 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: August 20, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: August 20, 2019

    We Were Certainly Uncertain Ronald Reagan used to joke that if Trivial Pursuit were designed by economists, “it would have 100 questions and 3,000 answers.” In a similar vein, acerbic investors often point out that economists have “accurately predicted all 21 of the last 4 recessions.” Well, everyone from tenured econ professors to armchair economists have been ruminating on last week’s inversion of the U.S. yield curve. On Wednesday, August 14, the yield on 2-year[...]

  • Aug 12, 2019, 12:42 PM

    Worth Reading: Cboe’s Chief Policy Officer On the Dangers of the Current Exposure Method (via IFLR)

    Worth Reading: Cboe’s Chief Policy Officer On the Dangers of the Current Exposure Method (via IFLR)

    In a recent article for International Financial Law Review, Cboe’s Chief Policy Officer, Angelo Evangelou, detailed why the Current Exposure Method (CEM) – a methodology created to determine capital requirements for counterparty credit risk to derivatives in the U.S. – is harming liquidity provision in the options market. Angelo explains that because of CEM, banks in the options clearing business are unnecessarily incurring capital charges and makes the case for change. In the piece,[...]

  • Aug 6, 2019, 1:13 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: August 6, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: August 6, 2019

    Powell & Trump Stir the Winds of Change “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” —William Arthur Ward The previous two Inside Volatility Newsletters shone a light on relatively low levels of implied volatility for 1-month VIX options as well as muted historical volatility for the S&P 500® Index (SPX). The confluence of these types of vol events could portend a potential shift in sentiment. At the very[...]

  • Jul 26, 2019, 8:28 AM

    Fact | Exchanges Want to Give Public Investors a Fair Shot

    Fact | Exchanges Want to Give Public Investors a Fair Shot

    Cboe opposes the SEC’s Transaction Fee Pilot because we want to protect public investors from the harm it will cause. Bryan Harkins, Executive Vice President, Co-Head Markets at Cboe Global Markets, offers a counterargument to the opinion piece, “The SEC Wants to Give Public Investors a Fair Shot.” A recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece authored by Professor Larry Harris of the University of Southern California attempts to make the case for the U.S. Securities and Exchange[...]

  • Jul 24, 2019, 3:16 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: July 24, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: July 24, 2019

    Danger, I’ve Been Told to Expect It By most (short-dated) measures, SPX historical volatility is quite low. The SPX 10- and 30-day historical vol measures are 6% and 7.4%, respectively. The only other recent corollaries in terms of market calm are May 2, 2019 (SPX 30-day 7.4%) and October 9, 2018 (SPX 30-day 6.1%). In both recent instances, there was a fairly significant pullback that followed. On May 1, 2019, the SPX made another new all-time high. Between the highs on May 1 and the intraday[...]

  • Jul 16, 2019, 5:34 PM

    Index FLEX Contracts Hit New Records as Investors Customize Their Options

    Index FLEX Contracts Hit New Records as Investors Customize Their Options

    FLexible EXchange Options (FLEX® Options) offer customers customizable terms for strike prices, exercise styles and expiration dates with the transparency, administrative ease and clearing guarantees of standard listed options. Since Cboe first introduced FLEX® Options in 1993, interest has grown tremendously – most notably in the first half of 2019. New Volume and Open Interest Records for FLEX Index Options Cash-settled index FLEX Options set new all-time records for open interest[...]

  • Jul 10, 2019, 4:22 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: July 10, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: July 10, 2019

    Insights with Kevin Davitt Cboe’s VVIXSM Index, which is an indicator of the expected volatility of the 30-day forward price of the Cboe Volatility Index (the VIX® Index), has garnered considerable attention in recent days. On Tuesday, July 2, the implied volatility of VIX options as measured by the VVIX fell below 76 for the first time since late February of 2019. For those unfamiliar, the VIX Index uses strips of S&P 500® Index (SPX) options to calculate a dynamic forward-looking[...]

  • Jul 1, 2019, 11:20 AM

    Cboe Launches First-Ever Global Options-Based Benchmark Indexes

    Cboe Launches First-Ever Global Options-Based Benchmark Indexes

    Cboe MSCI Benchmark Indexes Delivered Less Volatility and Strong Risk-Adjusted Returns Over the years, investors have found utility in Cboe’s benchmark indexes that reflect the writing of options based on U.S. stock indexes. These indexes, such as the BXM, PUT and BXRD indexes, can help market participants enhance the cash flow and lower the volatility typically associated with equity investing. For investors looking to replicate the same analysis on global stocks, Cboe introduced BuyWrite[...]

  • Jun 25, 2019, 9:08 AM

    Worth Watching: What Matters in the Week Ahead as June Comes to a Close

    Worth Watching: What Matters in the Week Ahead as June Comes to a Close

    With so much going on in the world, it’s hard to know what deserves your attention, so we narrowed it down for you. Here’s what we’re watching this week and why it matters. From the events that have market-moving potential to the indexes that will give you a glimpse into what’s on everyone’s mind, here’s what you need to know as we end June. Interest Rates in the U.S. and Globally On the heels of the most recent Fed Meeting – as well as comments from Mario[...]