• Market News | Mar 4, 2015, 9:00 PM

    Panel on The Evolution of Options Strategies on the Buy-Side Trading Desk

    Panel on The Evolution of Options Strategies on the Buy-Side Trading Desk

    On Wednesday at the CBOE Risk Management Conference, a panel discussed The Evolution of Options Strategies on the Buy-Side Trading Desk. Participants in the discussion were -- Moderator: Andy Nybo, Principal, Head of Derivatives, TABB Group Andrew Claeys, CFA, Director of Trading, Analytic Investors Ken Kwalik, Portfolio Manager, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs Mahsa Zeinali, Chief Operating Officer, Rosen Capital Advisors Topics discussed included -- Selecting order channels for[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 8:15 PM

    BXY and PUT Indexes - Lower Standard Deviation and Higher Return Over the 26.5 Years

    BXY and PUT Indexes - Lower Standard Deviation and Higher Return Over the 26.5 Years

    On Wednesday at the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference, a presentation on a new study was delivered by Keith Black, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA, Managing Director, Curriculum and Exams, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association.  (Edward Szado, Assistant Professor of Finance, Providence College was scheduled to appear with Dr. Black but was delayed by bad weather). Early this year Dr. Black and Dr. Szado published their new groundbreaking study - Performance Analysis of Options-Based[...]

  • Market News | Mar 4, 2015, 7:30 PM

    Bill Speth Discusses New CBOE Options-Based Benchmark Indexes

    Bill Speth Discusses New CBOE Options-Based Benchmark Indexes

    On Wednesday at the Risk Management Conference (RMC), a presentation on New CBOE Options-Based Benchmark Indexes was William Speth, Vice President, Research and Product Development, CBOE. Mr. Speth made a number of points, including -- CBOE now offers benchmark indexes with systematic use of options / futures to achieve an investment objective such as (1) Enhance Yield, with e.g., CBOE® S&P 500® BuyWrite Index (BXMSM), and CBOE® Russell 2000® BuyWrite Index (BXR), and (2)[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 6:45 PM

    CBOE Risk Management Presentation - Arbitraging Volatility Estimates

    CBOE Risk Management Presentation - Arbitraging Volatility Estimates

    The 31st edition of the CBOE Risk Management Conference kicked off today with a very educational session from Bruno Dupire who is the Head of Quantitative Research at Bloomberg. His discussion centered on trading volatility which is a core theme of many presentations that will be given over the next few days here in Carlsbad. The timing of Dupire going first at the conference was perfect as his sessions are always as educational as they are informative.  (The Twitter handle for this conference[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 6:00 PM

    Berlinda Liu on Deciphering VIX Futures Term Structure

    Berlinda Liu on Deciphering VIX Futures Term Structure

    On Wednesday at the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in California, Ms. Berlinda Liu, Director of Index Research and Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices, delivered a presentation entitled Deciphering VIX Futures Term Structure. In her presentation Ms. Liu noted that -- When VIX is in Contango, the term structure is upward sloping; Shorter-term futures are cheaper than longer-term futures; Long positions suffer from roll cost; and Short positions collect positive carry. When VIX is in Backwardation,[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Mar 4, 2015, 5:30 PM

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    This afternoon at the CBOE Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, CA Amna Qaiser, Portfolio Manager from Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Olivier Sarfati, Head of US Trading Strategies from Citigroup teamed up to discuss backtesting strategies. Backtesting has always been a difficult subject for portfolio managers and traders as backtested results do not always work as well as hoped when the strategy goes live. Qaiser’s part of this session discussed potential pitfalls but also laid out[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 3:52 PM

    Samuel Kadziela Delivers Primer on Volatility Analysis and Trading Strategies

    Samuel Kadziela Delivers Primer on Volatility Analysis and Trading Strategies

    On Wednesday at the 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) in California, Samuel Kadziela, Director of Education at Chicago Trading Company, delivered a presentation entitled Primer on Volatility Analysis and Trading Strategies. Mr. Kadziela noted that -- Realized volatility is the volatility of the underlying contract over some period of time; Implied volatility is derived from the prices of options in the marketplace, and reflects the marketplace’s consensus expectation of future volatility. Traditional[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 12:30 PM

    Author Zachary Karabell's Keynote Address at RMC

    Author Zachary Karabell's Keynote Address at RMC

    Zachary Karabell delivered the keynote address this morning at the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, CA. Karabell holds the position as President of River Twice Research but is also a prolific writer acting as a contributing columnist to Reuters, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. In the past Karabell has written on a wide variety of topics ranging from religion, history, and politics. His most recently book, The Leading Indicators:[...]

  • Blogging Options | Mar 4, 2015, 8:10 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.4.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.4.15

    ADP Job growth came in lighter than expected for February at a 212K rate (~220K expected).  India and Poland cut interest rates, China cut overnight rate.   Commodities in a tight range.  March 4th Chicago's birthday.  Bob Evans (BOBO, off $12.00) decides not to spin off part of chain.   CBOE RMC kicks off in a few hours.  #CBOERMC to follow.  Volatility as an asset class Target (TGT) is off $0.25 $77.75 in the premarket on plans to eliminate several thousand[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | Feb 19, 2015, 2:00 PM

    CBOE Risk Management Conference is Two Weeks Away

    CBOE Risk Management Conference is Two Weeks Away

    I received two inquiries this morning about CBOE's 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC), March 4 - 6, 2015 in Carlsbad, California.  It is being held at the Park Hyatt Aviara, along the Pacific Ocean, 25 miles North of San Diego California. The agenda, topics, speakers and registration forms are available at http://www.cboermc/agenda.  There is still some space available at CBOE RMC. This is considered the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of[...]

  • Education | Jan 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

    Day Three Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference March 6th

    Day Three Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference March 6th

    Day Three of the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) on March 6th at the Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, has a terrific lineup scheduled.  RMC is well known as the premier educational forum for option professionals looking to enhance their knowledge on using equity derivatives and volatility products to manage risk.  This three-day conference 20-minutes North of San Diego should be very worthwhile.  The agenda with a list of topics and speakers for Sessions One[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Jan 29, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Day Two Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference March 5th

    Day Two Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference March 5th

    As you know, CBOE’s 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) will be held March 4 – 6, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, 25 miles North of San Diego.  RMC is the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of equity derivatives and volatility products. RMC's agenda covers a variety of concepts, including how to employ  hedging techniques for portfolios, utilizizing equity derivatives, and modeling and trading volatility. Topics[...]

  • Market News | Education | Jan 27, 2015, 4:45 PM

    Day One Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference, March 4th

    Day One Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference, March 4th

    CBOE's 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) will be held March 4 - 6, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California.  RMC is the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of equity derivatives and volatility products.  If you're a financial professional interested in learning the latest risk management techniques and how to trade and hedge volatility, CBOE's Risk Management Conference is an event you won't want to miss. The Park Hyatt Aviara[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | Jan 14, 2015, 2:00 PM

    New Study – Funds That Use Options (Part 3 on Related Benchmarks & SPX Options)

    New Study – Funds That Use Options (Part 3 on Related Benchmarks & SPX Options)

    A groundbreaking new study -- “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs” authored by Keith Black and Edward Szado -- analyzed SEC-regulated investment companies that focus on use of exchange-listed options for portfolio management (options-based funds). This is my Part 3 Blog on the study. The first part of the study presented an analysis of Options-Based Funds over the past 15 years, while the second part focused on the performance of options-based[...]

  • Education | Jan 13, 2015, 6:30 PM

    New Study – Funds That Use Options (Part 2 on Lower Volatility)

    New Study – Funds That Use Options (Part 2 on Lower Volatility)

    A new study -- “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs” -- analyzed SEC-regulated investment companies that focus on use of exchange-listed options for portfolio management (options-based funds). I still speak with novice investors who think that all options strategies are risky, but the study found that the Options-Based Funds overall have had less volatility than some key benchmark indexes over a 15-year time period. OPTIONS-BASED FUNDS[...]