• Oct 5, 2018, 3:55 PM

    New Records for Volume and Open Interest for Cboe’s Large-Sized Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF)

    New Records for Volume and Open Interest for Cboe’s Large-Sized Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF)

    New records recently were set for volume and open interest for Cboe’s large-sized options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) - One-day volume on September 28 - 9,007 (including 3,203 puts and 5,804 calls) Average daily volume per month in September – 848 Open interest on September 28 – 18,774 MXEF OPTIONS AND MANAGING GLOBAL EQUITY EXPOSURE Cboe’s options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) are for investors who wish to manage global equity exposure.[...]

  • Oct 5, 2018, 1:09 PM

    Russell 2000 Index - A Red October

    Russell 2000 Index - A Red October

    A prescient Barron’s article appearing on Jan. 20,2018,  “Unseen Dangers in Small-Cap Stock Rally”  claimed that Small-caps “as a group, less profitable, more heavily in debt, and more exposed to the threat of rising interest rates than many investors may realize.” may offer a plausible explanation for the recent pullback in the U.S. Small-cap benchmark, Russell 2000 Index. September Struggles: After making 23 new record highs the U.S. Small-cap benchmark,[...]

  • Sep 27, 2018, 4:24 PM

    RUT Options to List on Cboe’s BZX Options Exchange

    RUT Options to List on Cboe’s BZX Options Exchange

    On Monday, October 1, Cboe plans to further expand the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) options marketplace by adding their listing to its BZX Options exchange. Options on the RUT currently are listed on Cboe Global Markets’ Options Exchanges (Cboe and C2), where market participants enjoy the advantages of trading RUT on a hybrid basis between Cboe’s electronic and open outcry markets. The additional BZX listing will expand the trading choices and capabilities of customers and liquidity providers. BZX[...]

  • Sep 19, 2018, 11:42 AM

    Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four Straight Trading Days; Some Cite Surge in Black-Swan Hedging

    Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four Straight Trading Days; Some Cite Surge in Black-Swan Hedging

    For the first time ever, on Tuesday, September 18, the Cboe SKEW Index (SKEW) closed above 150 for four straight trading days. A recent headline in Bloomberg stated a “Surge in Black-Swan Hedging Casts Shadow Over U.S. Stock Rally,” and noted the Cboe SKEW Index near all-time high underscores hedging demand. The story suggested, ”Elevated levels could also reflect lack of demand for calls” ….‘This has everything to do with trade risk in my view,’ said Dennis[...]

  • Sep 18, 2018, 4:42 PM

    Study Examines European Demand for U.S. Exchange-Listed Equity Options

    Study Examines European Demand for U.S. Exchange-Listed Equity Options

    Gary Delany, Director of European Marketing and Education for The Options Industry Council (OIC), Friday presented the findings of a study from late 2017/early 2018 at the Cboe Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe that looked at European use of U.S. options products, both multi-listed options, as well as proprietary options.  Key findings from the study include: European order flow accounts for an estimated 9% of trading, similar to 2013. Investments in U.S. equities are at record[...]

  • Sep 14, 2018, 5:05 PM

    Cboe RMC Panel Outlines Variance Utility Cases and Uses

    Cboe RMC Panel Outlines Variance Utility Cases and Uses

    Winding up the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC) on Friday, September 14, was a discussion of “Variance Utility Cases and Uses,” moderated by Michael Mollet, Head of Product Development at Cboe Global Markets. Joining Mollet was Adel Benharrats, Portfolio Manager at Argentiere Capital, Markos Petrocheilos, Senior Equity Derivatives Trader, BNP Paribas, and Chris Rodarte, Lead Portfolio Manager at Pine River Capital Management. The[...]

  • Sep 14, 2018, 3:06 PM

    Presentation on Volatility Regime Change and the VIX Singularity Hedge Strategy at Cboe RMC

    Presentation on Volatility Regime Change and the VIX Singularity Hedge Strategy at Cboe RMC

    Abhinandan Deb, Managing Director and Head of Global Cross Asset Quant Investment Strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch, delivered a presentation on “Volatility Regime Change – Signs, Symptoms and Solutions” on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC). Topics covered by Mr. Deb included:  What to watch as we leave ultra-low volatility behind Diversification, relative value and defensive strategies Key points covered included: The[...]

  • Sep 14, 2018, 1:57 PM

    Unprecedented Overhaul of Sector Indexes Discussed at Cboe RMC

    Unprecedented Overhaul of Sector Indexes Discussed at Cboe RMC

    Coordinated presentations were delivered by Tim Edwards, Ph.D., Managing Director of Index Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and Saurabh Katiyar, Vice President, MSCI, on the following topics at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC) on September 13: An outline of changes in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) classifications of sector and industry groups How sectoral groupings help connect broader trends to their market effects Comparing the[...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 4:16 PM

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon Welcomes Cboe RMC Europe 2018 Attendees

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon Welcomes Cboe RMC Europe 2018 Attendees

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon opened the second day of the Cboe Risk Management Conference Europe reflecting on the market events of the last year, including volatility’s return to the market earlier in 2018, and looked at the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Following the conference theme “Reading the Signals in the New Volatility Regime,” Concannon talked about market signals as we look at the current state of the U.S. market and economy. Concannon[...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 2:43 PM

    Credit and Credit Volatility Discussed by Blackrock and Applied Academics at Cboe RMC

    Credit and Credit Volatility Discussed by Blackrock and Applied Academics at Cboe RMC

    Credit and Credit Volatility were discussed in presentations on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC) by Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC, and Brett Pybus, CFA, Managing Director, BlackRock. Topics discussed by the expert presenters included; Markets and use cases for corporate bond index futures and ETFs What drives credit volatility and what do credit volatility indexes tell you about the state of credit markets and spreads? [...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 2:25 PM

    Are We Still in a Bull Market? – Address by Louis-Vincent Gave at Cboe RMC

    Are We Still in a Bull Market? – Address by Louis-Vincent Gave at Cboe RMC

    Louis-Vincent Gave of Gavekal delivered a speech on “Are We Still in a Bull Market” on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC). Mr. Gave’s presentation included 57 slides; below are highlights, with excerpts from some of the slides: GRAPHIC #1 – CHINA’S INDUSTRIAL POLICY GRAPHIC #2 – POSSIBLE SLOWDOWN IN U.S. GRAPHIC #3 – TECH IN U.S. AND CHINA   GRAPHIC #4 – FEWER SEC-LISTED COMPANIES IN THE U.S. GRAPHIC[...]

  • Sep 12, 2018, 4:33 PM

    The Interest Rate Volatility Environment: Can Rates Volatility be the Next ‘Safe-Haven’? – Presentations at #CboeRMC

    The Interest Rate Volatility Environment: Can Rates Volatility be the Next ‘Safe-Haven’? – Presentations at #CboeRMC

    On September 12 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC), presentations on  The Interest Rate Volatility Environment - Can Rates Volatility be the Next "Safe-Haven"?  were delivered by two experts - Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC and by Kokou Agbo-Bloua, Managing Director, Global Head of Flow Strategy & Solutions, Société Générale. Topics covered in the presentations included: What drives rates volatilities[...]

  • Sep 12, 2018, 4:28 PM

    Presentation on Volatility-Related Indicators, including VIX, RVX, VVIX, SKEW, Correlation and Dispersion, at #CboeRMC

    Presentation on Volatility-Related Indicators, including VIX, RVX, VVIX, SKEW, Correlation and Dispersion, at #CboeRMC

    On September 12 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC), Bill Speth, Global Head of Research on the Cboe Multi-Asset Solutions Team, delivered a presentation on Developments in Volatility-Related Indicators & Benchmarks. Bill’s presentation covered the following topics -- A look into the many volatility indicators that exist; how they were created and for what purposes VIX® Index, RVX Index (Russell 2000 vol), VVIX Index (VIX of VIX), SKEW Index, and[...]

  • Sep 11, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Futures on U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index launched September 10: Analysis with Seven Charts

    Futures on U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index launched September 10: Analysis with Seven Charts

    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. launched trading in Cboe® iBoxx® iShares® $ High Yield Corporate Bond Index (IBHY) futures on the Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) Monday, September 10, 2018. The new futures are designed to allow users to hedge and mitigate high yield corporate bond credit risk, and more generally allow them to efficiently allocate to the corporate bond market and implement fixed-income trading strategies. The price of Cboe's IBHY futures is based on IHS Markit's iBoxx® iShares®[...]

  • Sep 7, 2018, 2:46 PM

    The Collar Strategy – Stay Long & Hedge

    The Collar Strategy – Stay Long & Hedge

    Investors increasingly question how to manage their equity risk exposure as the equity market continues to extend the 9.5 year rally.  Following the “Random Walk” theory, we know markets are subject to making unpredictable price movements and unlikely to go straight up.  Retreating from the recent all-time highs, investors are faced with potentially increasing exposure to equity risk.  There are several alternatives to be considered, such as accept current risk levels,[...]

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