Matt Moran

Matt Moran is vice president of business development for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he communicates with pension funds, mutual funds, and financial advisors. He has delivered more than 200 presentations worldwide on the topics of managing volatility and adding income with option-writing strategies. Previously, he served trust counsel at Harris Bank and vice president at Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is an associate editor of two Institutional Investor publications — The Journal of Trading and The Journal of Index Investing. Mr. Moran holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois.

  • May 10, 2017, 2:05 PM

    SPXW Weekly Options A.D.V. Rises above 500,000, as 3rd Friday SPXW Options Now Are Available

    By Matt Moran This week I received inquiries about the trends in options volume. The large-sized SPXW Weekly options have successfully seen volume growth over each the past seven years. Key points about SPXW Weekly options include – VOLUME. Average daily volume (a.d.v.) in the first four months of 2017 was 500,964 contracts, (up 30% over the a.d.v. for the full year of 2016; see Exhibit 1 below); MANY EXPIRATIONS. SPXW Weeklys options have expirations on ten upcoming dates in May[...]

  • Mar 31, 2017, 12:17 PM

    Conversion of SPXPM Options to Symbol SPXW

    CBOE is planning a change to the symbol for existing SPXPM option series to option symbol SPXW in both the Regular Trading Hours (RTH) and Extended Trading Hours (ETH) session. The change is scheduled to be effective May 1, 2017. This conversion is designed to allow greater ease of access for those looking to place spreads from week to week.  We have received some very positive feedback from institutional investors on this change to the symbol SPXW. After the conversion, on standard expiration[...]

  • Harnessing Twitter Sentiment and the Volatility Risk Premium – Events in NYC on March 28th and in Chicago on April 5th

    At the 33rd Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in California last week, several speakers discussed ways to use sentiment analysis and the volatility risk premium in their quest to add alpha and enhance the risk-adjusted returns of their portfolios. I am pleased to report that two upcoming events will provide more details and analysis of the topics of developing investable and actionable intelligence from analysis of sentiment trends on social media, and generating attractive risk-adjusted returns[...]

  • Feb 13, 2017, 11:13 AM

    CBOE Benchmark Indexes and More Interest in Mitigation of Drawdown Risk

    Investors recently have shown increased interest in protection from large peak-to-trough drawdowns in their portfolios.  In the 27 years from 1990 through 2016, the average value of the CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW) was 118.4, but in the 20 recent trading days since January 13, the SKEW Index averaged 134.5, and ranged between a low of 128.80 and a high of 146.33. A high SKEW Index value could be indicative of high demand for S&P 500® (SPX) protective put options. In the[...]

  • Feb 8, 2017, 3:28 PM

    Portfolio Protection, Tail Risk and 15 Histograms

    With U.S. stock market indexes recently hitting all-time highs, there is quite a bit investor uncertainty about the markets and there is high demand for protection from large market declines. One metric providing evidence of this high demand is the CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW). In the 27 years from 1990 through 2016, the average daily level for the SKEW Index was 118.4, and the average level of SKEW never topped 130 in any of those 27 years. In the year 2017 (through February 7) the average daily level[...]

  • Feb 8, 2017, 10:29 AM

    42% Rise for the SMLC Sentiment-Based Index That Analyzes Twitter Traffic

    In recent months many press stories have covered the topic of how Twitter tweets possibly could influence the prices of stocks or the direction of the economy. News reports indicate that there are hundreds of millions of tweets posted per day. One challenging question for investors could be – can useful actionable information be gleaned from Twitter postings to identify stocks that have positive bullish sentiment? One tool that has potential to be useful to investors is the CBOE-SMA Large Cap[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jan 20, 2017, 11:04 AM

    CBOE SKEW Index Tops 140 Two Days in a Row, as Demand for Disaster Protection Increases

    The CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW) values, which are calculated from weighted strips of out-of-the-money S&P 500 options, generally rise to higher levels as investors become more fearful of a negative equity “black swan” event — an unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence. Key facts about recent SKEW values -- TWO DAYS IN A ROW. SKEW closed at 143.43 on January 18, and 141.03 on January 19 (the sixth time in its 27-year history that the index closed above 140 two days in[...]

  • VIX | Futures | 2016 Recap | Jan 9, 2017, 3:26 PM

    Record Volume and Open Interest in 2016 for CBOE Index Products

    CBOE index products continue to attract growing interest from investors who wish to manage the income and volatility in their portfolios. A recent press release by CBOE Holdings noted that -- “… Several trading records were set [in 2016]. Total volume and average daily volume (ADV) in index options trading at CBOE reached new all-time highs for the fourth consecutive year in 2016 with 430.7 million and 1.7 million contracts, respectively, each up 6 percent from 2015. Total volume and[...]

  • Market News | 2016 Recap | Jan 4, 2017, 8:09 AM

    Higher Returns and Lower Volatility for BXMD and PUT Indexes Over 30½ Years

    Investors now have access to price histories for several CBOE benchmark indexes that date back 30.5 years. The first two charts below show that since mid-1986 both the CBOE S&P 500 30-Delta BuyWrite Index (BXMDSM) and CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUTSM) had higher returns than the S&P 500® Index, 30-Year Treasury Bond Index (Citi), MSCI EAFE® Index, and S&P GSCI Index. HIGHER RETURNS AND LOWER VOLATILITY The Annualized Returns and Standard Deviations bar graphs below show[...]

  • Market News | 2016 Recap | Jan 2, 2017, 11:26 AM

    18 Volatility Indexes in 2016: BPVIX Rose 277% before Brexit; VIX Futures Rose 55% on Election Night

    CBOE offers more than 25 volatility indexes<> that can serve as valuable tools for investors who wish to gauge intra-day and long-term sentiment changes related to a variety of asset classes. In addition, investors take long and short positions in futures and options on key volatility indexes. The tables and seven graphs below provide an overview of the 2016 performance of 18 of CBOE’s volatility indexes and the CBOE SKEW Index. Key[...]

  • Benchmark Indexes Historical Pricing | Dec 21, 2016, 11:48 AM

    BXRD Index Is Up 9% since Nov. 8 Election, as CBOE Benchmark Indexes Hit All-time Highs

    More than fifteen CBOE strategy benchmark indexes (including BXD, BXM, BXMC, BXMD, BXMW, BXR, BXRC, BXRD, BXY, CLL, CLLR, CLLZ, CMBO, PUT, PUTR, RXM, VPD, VPN, and WPUT) hit all-time daily closing highs on December 20. BXRD INDEX As shown in the first graph and table below, the CBOE Russell 2000 30-Delta BuyWrite Index (BXRD) rose 9% since the November 8 U.S. election (through December 20). The relatively strong performance of the BXRD Index over the past five weeks possibly could be attributed[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 16, 2016, 4:04 PM

    Panel on The Growing Role of Predictive Analytics in Investing

    I had the pleasure of moderating a one-hour panel discussion for more than 60 attendees at CBOE on December 16 featuring these three experts: •        Joe Gits, CFA, CEO and Co-Founder - Social Market Analytics (SMA) •        Professor Koleman Strumpf, Professor of Business Economics - University of Kansas School of Business •        Dr. Wachi Bandara, Chief Research Officer – Pluribus Labs The panel[...]

  • Market News | Nov 21, 2016, 2:17 PM

    New Hedging Regime with Higher Levels for CBOE SKEW Index the Past 3 Years

    When the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) drops below 14 (as it did in recent days), we sometimes hear questions such as – Is there still strong interest in portfolio hedging with index options? One metric that shows relative demand for out-of-the-money S&P 500® (SPX) put options is the CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW), with a daily price history that begins in 1990. Prior to 2014, the highest average daily closing value in a year for the SKEW Index was 122.5, but in each of the years[...]

  • Benchmark Indexes Historical Pricing | Nov 15, 2016, 1:44 PM

    Yield-Hungry Investors Explore CBOE’s Option-Selling Benchmarks During Bond Market “Rout”

    Here are some highlights from recent news stories on the bond markets – A Wall Street Journal story had the headline “Government Bond Rout Deepens on Trump’s Economic Plans,” A Barron’s story noted that Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, sees “a rise in bond yields that could lift the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to 6% in the next four or five years.” A New York Times story stated that “From Indonesia to the United States, government[...]

  • VIX | Election & VIX | 2016 Recap | Nov 9, 2016, 3:17 PM

    VIX Nov. Futures Shot Up by 55% on Election Night, but Later Retreated After Conciliatory Speech

    Four charts with big price moves over the past two days are presented in this blog. On the Tuesday election night in the United States, the reported prices for the November futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose from a low of 15.10 at 8:07 p.m. E.T., to a high of 23.46 at 10:27 p.m. E.T., an amazing rise of 55% over a 140-minute period (source: Bloomberg). Reported volume for VIX futures during non-U.S. trading hours topped 230,000 contracts both on June 24 (Brexit) and again[...]