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  • Market News | Education | Nov 9, 2015, 11:12 AM

    Pop Quiz: Which Russell 2000 Index is Outperforming in 2015?

    Pop Quiz: Which Russell 2000 Index is Outperforming in 2015?

    Russell 2000 Index (RUT) or CBOE Russell 2000® BuyWrite Index (BXR) Before I answer my own question let’s take a moment and refresh our memory on what is the CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index BXR℠. The CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index is an investment strategy benchmark index designed to track the performance of a hypothetical at-the-money buy-write strategy on the Russell 2000 Index.  It’s intended to measure the total rate of return consisting of a “long”[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Nov 6, 2015, 2:32 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 11/6/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 11/6/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. VIX Weeklys: A Better Option for All The newly launched VIX Weeklys options contracts are off to a strong start, trading an average of 25,000 contracts in October.  Matt Moran, CBOE Vice President of Institutional Marketing, explains why VIX Weeklys contracts are a good option for all VIX players. “VIX Weeklys[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Oct 23, 2015, 2:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/23/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/23/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. Making Waves Across the Pond Last week, CBOE announced it has taken a minority stake in CurveGlobal, a new interest rate trading venue, backed by the London Stock Exchange Group, CBOE and major dealer banks. CurveGlobal will aim to provide customers in that space with a compelling trading alternative that offers new and[...]

  • Strategy | Oct 22, 2015, 10:26 AM

    DIARY of a FIRST TIME TRADER – ASSIGNED for the VERY FIRST TIME

    DIARY of a FIRST TIME TRADER – ASSIGNED for the VERY FIRST TIME

    So that happened.  I was selling puts on FIT & I got assigned aka, the price of the stock settled below the put I sold at expiration.  I was obligated to purchase 100 shares of FIT at the strike price I had sold. Let’s recap my trading strategy.  I planned to sell FIT puts until I got assigned and then sell calls….so everything is going according to plan right??? Well not exactly… I sold a 45 strike put back when FIT was trading up around $50.  Ugh. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Oct 16, 2015, 2:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/16/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/16/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. Interest Rate Futures thrown a Curve Ball with CurveGlobal CBOE announced today that it has taken a minority stake in CurveGlobal, a new interest rate trading venue.  CurveGlobal is a joint venture between the London Stock Exchange Group, CBOE and major dealer banks.  CurveGlobal will aim to provide customers[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Oct 9, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/9/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/9/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. VIX Weeklys Options Are Here - This Week CBOE added VIX options to its suite of Weeklys contract offerings yesterday.  Volume on the first day was more than 4,300 contracts, while volume through mid-day today was already approaching an estimated 40,000 contracts.  VIX Weeklys options contracts will allow investors[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Oct 2, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/03/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/03/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. CBOE RMC Europe Recap CBOE hosted its 4th annual CBOE RMC Europe from Monday through Wednesday this week.  Over 175 industry professionals gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the latest products and strategies for managing risk, enhancing yields and lowering portfolio volatility.  EQ Derivatives was[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Sep 29, 2015, 7:45 AM

    From RMC Europe: CBOE President and COO Edward Provost on CBOE’s New Initiatives      

    From RMC Europe: CBOE President and COO Edward Provost on CBOE’s New Initiatives      

    CBOE President and COO Edward Provost began Day Two of CBOE RMC Europe in Switzerland with a global perspective, highlighting CBOE updates that will create new opportunities for international traders. Provost called it “gratifying” to open with a VIX product update, noting that some of the earliest adopters in VIX futures and options trading were in Geneva and Zurich. By working with customers, including RMC Europe attendees, CBOE has been able to create a volatility product that more[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Sep 25, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/25/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/25/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Bonds Are At It Again There is considerable uncertainty in the interest rate markets creating a volatile, yet fragile, bond market.   Global asset managers can watch the “interest rate VIX” – the CBOE/CBOT 10-Year US Treasury Note Volatility Index (TYVIX) -- for clues. “The TYVIX Index:[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Sep 18, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/18/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/18/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. All Eyes on the Fed It was all about the Fed this week – would they or won’t they?  Market participants kept close tabs on the CBOE Volatility Index this week as it drifted slightly lower heading into yesterday’s no hike announcement. "VIX at 24 Leaves U.S. Stocks With No Road Map for Fed[...]

  • Market News | Sep 11, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/11/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/11/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. The “Father of Financial Futures” and Creator of Listed Options Unite Environmental Financial Products, LLC (EFP), headed by Dr. Richard Sandor, universally recognized as the “father of financial futures,” has joined with CBOE to create the American Financial Exchange (AFX), an electronic marketplace[...]

  • Market News | Sep 4, 2015, 12:08 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup

    The Weekly Options News Roundup

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Long Live Volatility Traders are hopping on the VIX roller coaster, taking advantage of the recent volatility in the market. But is volatility here to stay? “VIX to Investors: Fade the Decline,” Steve Sears, Barron’s http://on.barrons.com/1JKfBae “Options Premium Sellers Make Hay While Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Aug 28, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/28/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/28/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. VIX: Word on the Street Markets have experienced a tumultuous week, to say the least.  Triple digit swings in the Dow and S&P caused the CBOE Volatility Indexâ (VIXâ Index) to catapult above 50 – a level not seen seven years – on Monday, before retreating to the mid-20s today.  Is[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Aug 21, 2015, 3:16 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/21/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/21/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Eureka!!! CBOE in collaboration with Eurekahedge has launched 4 new benchmark indexes measuring the performance of volatility-based investment strategies.  For more information on these indexes visit www.cboe.com/eurekahedge “CBOE adds hedge fund volatility benchmarks” – Alice Attwood, FOW http://bit.ly/1JanwhU “CBOE[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Aug 18, 2015, 4:33 AM

    Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) Risk, Did Option Market Price It Correctly?

    Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) Risk, Did Option Market Price It Correctly?

    Editor’s note:  Park Research LLC @ParkResearch is a relative newcomer to the CBOE Options Hub family.  “Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) has 12 products in the Phase II trials and 7 products in the Phase III trials. Everything about the company’s fundamentals can change in a single day when the FDA makes a definitive decision on a late stage drug trial.” (http://www.cmlviz.com/cmld3b/lite.php?app=rc&ticker=GILD) As option traders, we constantly look for[...]