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  • 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,[...]

  • 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,[...]

  • 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 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[...]

  • Jun 11, 2019, 2:07 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: June 11, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: June 11, 2019

    Stocks, Bonds and Volatility All Rise With Market Uncertainty Source: Yahoo! Finance A confluence of conflicting market news around tariffs, Fed action, and the weekly jobs report sent stocks, bonds and volatility all higher on Friday, June 7. It’s very uncommon for all three to rise at the same time. In fact, Friday, June 7 was only the third time in the last 10 years when volatility (as measured by VIX Index) rose on the same day that the S&P 500 was up more than 1% and bonds (as measured[...]

  • Jun 7, 2019, 4:18 PM

    Cboe Celebrates Medal of Honor Recipients with Opening Bell-Ringing Ceremony

    Cboe Celebrates Medal of Honor Recipients with Opening Bell-Ringing Ceremony

    Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and representatives from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation joined Cboe on Friday, June 7, for a special opening bell-ringing ceremony. Now in its 20th year, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation preserves the legacy of the Medal of Honor and supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Forces. From[...]

  • May 28, 2019, 2:17 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: May 28, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: May 28, 2019

    Hedge Funds Continue Building Short VIX® Positions While Retail Goes Long Sources: www.cftc.gov and Bloomberg In May, net leveraged money in VIX futures—assets predominantly managed by hedge funds—hit record short positions for 2019, while assets in global long VIX exchange-traded products—products predominantly owned by retail investors—continued to gather assets. VOLATILITY NEWS CNBC: Hedge Funds Bet the Sell-off is Over: 'Correction has Run its Course' [...]

  • May 24, 2019, 12:17 PM

    Cboe Analyst Wins Big at J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

    Cboe Analyst Wins Big at J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

    Quantitative analyst by day, Olympic-qualifying runner by night (or non-working hours, that is). Brett recently won the J.P. Morgan Challenge in Chicago, finishing the 3.5 mile race in 17 minutes and 26 seconds.  We chatted with Brett about his running career and the upcoming Olympic trials. Running has become a way of life for Brett Lustgarten, who started racing with his middle school cross country and track teams. He stuck with the sport through high school and at the University of Illinois,[...]

  • May 22, 2019, 9:54 AM

    Meet the Man Supporting Cboe Women

    Meet the Man Supporting Cboe Women

    Brian Schell was recently recognized by the Security Traders Association Women in Finance for his commitment to gender diversity and inclusivity with the Ken Heath Award. Brian joined his fellow award recipients to discuss the importance of gender diversity in the workplace. As Cboe’s Executive Sponsor of Diversity Initiatives, Brian works to support women in finance as he strives to continue Ken’s legacy. Growing up in a family of accountants, Brian Schell, Cboe’s CFO, imagined[...]

  • May 13, 2019, 2:08 PM

    Inside Volatility Trading: May 13, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: May 13, 2019

    VIX® Futures Term Structure Inverts in May Source: Cboe LiveVol Worries about a trade war with China sent the equity markets into a downturn in early May and the VIX Index saw a jump of almost 7 points in two trading days. The VIX futures term structure inverted on May 7, reflecting concern over near-term market risks. VOLATILITY NEWS MarketWatch: Why Stock-market Investors Fear Another 'VIX-driven Air Pocket' as Volatility Spikes  Bloomberg: What to Expect from U.S. Stocks[...]

  • May 1, 2019, 10:17 AM

    Inside Volatility Trading: April 29, 2019

    Inside Volatility Trading: April 29, 2019

    Steeper Term Structure; Growing Short Interest The VIX® futures term structure steepened in recent months attracting higher levels of short interest in long VIX futures strategies as represented by the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXXB). VOLATILITY NEWS Bloomberg: It's a 'Golden Age' for Short-Volatility Trades Barron's: Stock Market Volatility is Quiet, for Now The Wall Street Journal: Traders Wager on Calm as Volatility Evaporates Bloomberg: Hedge[...]

  • Apr 22, 2019, 3:36 PM

    Anniversary Week at Cboe

    Anniversary Week at Cboe

    Friday marks Cboe’s 46th anniversary and we’re celebrating all week with some of our favorite memories and moments. Follow the fun with #Cboe46 on your preferred social platform, or check out our Instagram page for stories and opportunities to vote on your favorite Cboe button throughout the decades. Cboe Buttons Each year, we commemorate our beginnings by creating an anniversary button. Take a look at how they’ve changed throughout the years and vote for your favorite on[...]