• Cboe RMC | Mar 8, 2018, 9:51 AM

    Highlights from Fireside Chat with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss at RMC

    Highlights from Fireside Chat with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss at RMC

    Paul Stephens from Cboe conducted a fireside chat with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss covering their insights into Bitcoin and Bitcoin XBT futures that were listed at the Cboe Futures Exchange in December 2017.   They started out discussing Bitcoin and blockchain technology.  They often refer to Bitcoin as Gold 2.0 and noted that the CFTC has declared bitcoin as a commodity.  Some background was given with respect to the creation of the Gemini Trust, it was noted that it took[...]

  • VIX | Cboe RMC | Mar 8, 2018, 8:23 AM

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Day two of Cboe RMC U.S. 2018 kicked off with Ed Tilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cboe Global Markets, welcoming approximately 300 attendees to this year’s event, the 34th annual Cboe Risk Management Conference. Given the recent return of volatility to the marketplace, Tilly focused his remarks on volatility, Cboe’s VIX Index and risk management.  February 5 was an extreme day in the market.  The Dow and VIX Index experienced record single-day moves.  Exchange[...]

  • Cboe RMC | Mar 7, 2018, 3:02 PM

    Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators and Determining Courses of Action at Cboe RMC

    Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators and Determining Courses of Action at Cboe RMC

    Bill Speth from Cboe Global Markets teamed up with Mandy Xu, Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist Credit Suisse, for a session titled Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators, and Determining Courses of Action.    Bill started out noting that the recent market activity has shown that many people understand volatility, but just as many do not understand volatility.  Cboe is taking on the task of raising the bar to try to educate more market participants on volatility and VIX. [...]

  • Cboe RMC | Mar 7, 2018, 7:23 AM

    New Report Shows Growth Over 17 Years in Number of Funds Using Options

    New Report Shows Growth Over 17 Years in Number of Funds Using Options

    A newly released report found that the number of SEC regulated funds using options rose from 10 in 2000 to 157 in 2017, and that the aggregate amount of assets in the options-based funds has risen to more than $54 billion. The new study, “Performance Analysis of Option-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs and ETFs: An Update” is now available at www.cboe.com/funds  The new white paper updates the original findings of 2014 study of SEC-registered option-based funds, which focus on broad-based[...]

  • Mar 5, 2018, 7:05 PM

    PUTR PutWrite Index Generated Strong Risk-Adjusted Returns & Less Severe Drawdowns

    PUTR PutWrite Index Generated Strong Risk-Adjusted Returns & Less Severe Drawdowns

    This year we received new questions regarding the performance and downside risk of cash-secured put-writing strategies, and WisdomTree launched an ETF designed to track the Cboe Russell 2000 PutWrite Index (PUTR). In particular, questions have been raised as to what types of returns and drawdowns have been experienced by cash-secured putwrites over the past decade and in February 2018. HIGHER RETURNS SINCE 2001 AND IN FEBRUARY 2018 The line chart below shows that the PUTR had higher returns than[...]

  • Bitcoin | Mar 4, 2018, 10:40 AM

    Checking in on the Bitcoin Commitment of Traders Report

    Checking in on the Bitcoin Commitment of Traders Report

    The Cboe Futures Exchange was the first exchange in the world to list bitcoin futures.  One of the great things about a new market is the data that comes along with it, at least for quant geeks like me.   The CFTC collects information about trader’s positions in a wide variety of markets.  This report is titled the Commitment of Traders Report (COT Report).  The COT reports provide a breakdown of each Tuesday’s open interest for markets in which 20 or more traders[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 3, 2018, 2:52 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 3, 2018

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 3, 2018

    Small cap stocks are playing catch up by not losing as much as large caps.  Last week the Russell 2000 (RUT) was down about 1% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) lost just under 2%.  RUI’s lead has narrowed to 0.75%.  Since RUT stocks are more domestic in nature, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the trade war rumblings put more pressure on RUI that RUT last week. We have experienced an unprecedented run in the relationship between the Cboe Russell 2000[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 3, 2018, 12:34 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - March 3, 2018

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - March 3, 2018

    The S&P 500 was down just over 2% last week and VIX does what it does (rose) when the S&P 500 is under pressure.  VIX was up over 18% and to a lesser extend the futures markets followed higher.  Worth noting above is the settlement price for March futures on Friday at 19.025.  This contract does not expire until the 21st, so there’s plenty of time for VIX to come back down a bit.  Usually when VIX moves up like it did and there’s this much time left to expiration[...]

  • Feb 28, 2018, 9:56 AM

    Average Daily Volume during Cboe’s Global Trading Hours (GTH) Tops 90,000

    Average Daily Volume during Cboe’s Global Trading Hours (GTH) Tops 90,000

    Over the years we have heard great interest from many investors in the ability to use SPX and VIX products around-the-clock to help manage their portfolios. The interest has been particularly strong from investors from outside the U.S. time zones. The trading hours for some key Cboe products (SPX options, VIX options, VIX futures, and XBT futures) now include both Regular Trading Hours (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. CT), and Global Trading Hours (GTH) as shown in the table below the three volume charts.[...]

  • Feb 26, 2018, 11:19 AM

    A Rational Perspective on The Fed and Interest Rates

    A Rational Perspective on The Fed and Interest Rates

    The equity markets continue to respond to higher rates on the long end of the curve, but thankfully the Fed sees the entire curve is shifting upward.  This would be considered a positive, as opposed to an inverted curve.  So, with rates at levels not seen in a couple of years, but for a good reason (a bit of inflation finally coming into the system) why is everyone freaking out?  The obsession with higher rates is just mind-boggling, but perhaps we can answer some questions about it[...]

  • Feb 20, 2018, 8:48 AM

    Stock Market Speed is Like Never Before

    Stock Market Speed is Like Never Before

    A major rally this week off the lows of a 10% stock market correction were in order this past week.  It certainly had many dizzy from the rollercoaster ride that we have all been on, something very different than what we saw previously.  The enormous move in volatility came at such a breakneck speed that if you blinked, you may have missed it. But let's understand the move on volatility from a latent 10-12% to about 30-50% in days is just not normal.  We talked last week about the[...]

  • Cboe Benchmark Indexes | Feb 16, 2018, 2:18 PM

    Cboe’s PUT Index Generated Lower Volatility, Less Severe Drawdowns, More Income and Better Risk-Adjusted Returns

    Cboe’s PUT Index Generated Lower Volatility, Less Severe Drawdowns, More Income and Better Risk-Adjusted Returns

    The Cboe S&P 500 Putwrite Index (PUT) is designed to reflect a cash-secured put-writing strategy. The PUT strategy is designed to sell a sequence of one-month, at-the-money, S&P 500 (SPX) Index puts and invest cash at one- and three-month Treasury bill rates. The number of puts sold is limited so that the amount held in Treasury Bills can finance the loss from final settlement of the SPX puts. In recent years the PUT Index and the cash-secured put-write strategy have gained more interest[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Feb 14, 2018, 5:02 PM

    VIX Today - February 14, 2018

    VIX Today - February 14, 2018

    The S&P 500 finished the day higher for the fourth day in a row and VIX dipped below 20.00 for the first time since February 5th.  The chart below shows that as the S&P 500 moved up over the day as VIX worked lower.  What is referred to commonly as the ‘fear index’ is starting to indicate there is less fear in the market than we experienced last week.    Today marked expiration day for standard February VIX and Options with both settling at 21.87[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 12, 2018, 8:23 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures Feb 10 2018

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures Feb 10 2018

    For the past few months writing this weekend review has been a difficult task.  How many different ways can I say VIX is low and reflecting low realized volatility in the S&P 500?  The past couple of weeks it has suddenly gotten much easier to talk about VIX.  Last week was the first one week drop of greater than 5% since early January 2016.  The weakness actually began two weeks ago and the S&P 500 has given up 8.8% in the past two weeks is the biggest two week drop[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 12, 2018, 8:08 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs Feb 10 2018

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs Feb 10 2018

    We experienced the biggest one week drop in two years last week for the S&P 500.  The result was the type of moves we haven’t seen in S&P 500 related volatility indexes since August 2015.  We got a 67% gain for VIX last week, with VIX3M gaining 46% and VXMT was 32% higher.  The result was steep backwardation that is normally associated with near term concerns about the direction of the stock market.  There’s lots to talk about on the table below. [...]