Moran-Matt

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.

  • VIX | Apr 25, 2016, 2:32 PM

    Open Interest for VIX Call Options Recently Topped 7.5 Million Contracts

    Open Interest for VIX Call Options Recently Topped 7.5 Million Contracts

    Last week the open interest for call options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) surged to more than 7.5 million contacts (see chart below). In a recent article at Bloomberg.com, reporters Joseph Ciolli and Inyoung Hwang wrote – “Going long market turbulence has surged in popularity in the last nine weeks, with investors sending an unprecedented $3.2 billion into securities that reap gains from wider price swings. That pushed shares outstanding on exchange-traded notes[...]

  • Market News | Education | Futures | Apr 20, 2016, 10:29 AM

    Continued Use of Listed Options Is Permitted by Final DOL Fiduciary Rules

    Continued Use of Listed Options Is Permitted by Final DOL Fiduciary Rules

    Here is an update on the status of fiduciary rules recently finalized by the Department of Labor (DOL).  PROPOSED DOL REGS IN APRIL 2015 The DOL proposed on April 14, 2015 sweeping new regulations governing retirement accounts and IRAs which would exclude listed options and futures as permissible investments. FINAL DOL REGS IN APRIL 2016 On April 6, 2016, the DOL released its final Conflict of Interest Rule and related exemptions, which are available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/regs/conflictsofinterest.html. The[...]

  • Strategy | Apr 15, 2016, 3:49 PM

    Three Studies Show Strong Risk-adjusted Returns for Put-Writing Indexes

    Three Studies Show Strong Risk-adjusted Returns for Put-Writing Indexes

    In 2011 I received an email from an experienced options manager that stated -- “The introduction of BXM by the CBOE and the exchange’s continued support has created a new covered call asset class that fits well into the move to lower volatility equity products.  BXM gives us a much better accepted benchmark than is available in the Low Vol equity world.  We have been getting a lot interest, RFP’s etc. as consultants and institutional investors accept the notion of lower[...]

  • Market News | Apr 13, 2016, 4:51 PM

    CBOE Introduces First in a Series of Indexes Designed to Target Investment Outcomes

    CBOE Introduces First in a Series of Indexes Designed to Target Investment Outcomes

    CHICAGO, IL -- April 13, 2016 -- Chicago Board Options Exchangeâ (CBOEâ) today announced it has created a series of 13 “Buffer Protect Indexes,” the first in a family of options-based strategy performance benchmarks that are designed to target the outcomes of specific investment strategies. The CBOE S&P 500 Buffer Protect Indexes measure the performance of a hypothetical portfolio of S&P 500® Index (SPX) FLexible EXchange® (FLEX) options designed to provide[...]

  • Market News | Education | Mar 14, 2016, 3:43 PM

    March 22 Panel at CBOE on Accessing the Volatility Risk Premium with Cash-Secured Put Writing

    March 22 Panel at CBOE on Accessing the Volatility Risk Premium with Cash-Secured Put Writing

    Presentations and a panel discussion on the topic of - Accessing the Volatility Risk Premium with Cash-Secured Put Writing will occur on Tuesday March 22, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 6:45 PM at Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), 400 So. La Salle St., (enter on Van Buren Street), Chicago, 60605   http://bit.ly/CAIA-March22 ISSUES Issues to be discussed include – Has there been a Volatility Risk Premium that can facilitate enhanced risk-adjusted returns for index options-selling[...]

  • Market News | Mar 14, 2016, 2:38 PM

    Bracketology – Strong Returns for BXMD and CMBO Indexes Since Mid-1986

    Bracketology – Strong Returns for BXMD and CMBO Indexes Since Mid-1986

    While much of this month’s bracketology focus is on basketball tournaments, the chart below shows investment returns for eight benchmark indexes since mid-1986. The chart includes four benchmark indexes (introduced in 2015) that invest in S&P 500® (SPX) options.  In the chart the top two indexes in terms of annualized returns were the CBOE S&P 500 30-Delta BuyWrite Index (BXMD) and the CBOE S&P 500 Covered Combo Index (CMBO). DECCRIPTIONS FOR FOUR BENCHMARK INDEXES THAT[...]

  • Market News | Mar 11, 2016, 4:13 PM

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Grows to 9,855 Contracts

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Grows to 9,855 Contracts

    Open interest for options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF)<http://www.cboe.com/micro/msci/mxef/default.aspx> grew from 98 contracts in mid-January to 9,855 contracts yesterday. Over the past year several institutional investors have expressed to me their interest in the potential for a liquid MXEF options contract, particularly because the MXEF options contract is cash-settled and has a notional size that is about 24 times larger than options on the EEM ETF. KEY FEATURES OF MXEF OPTIONS Key[...]

  • Education | Strategy | Feb 23, 2016, 4:33 PM

    New Study by Black and Szado Analyzes Six CBOE Benchmarks – BXM, PUT, BFLY, BXMD, CMBO, CNDR – Since 1986

    New Study by Black and Szado Analyzes Six CBOE Benchmarks – BXM, PUT, BFLY, BXMD, CMBO, CNDR – Since 1986

    A new study examines six benchmark indexes that write S&P 500® (SPX) index options, comparing their performances with those of traditional stock, bond and commodity benchmark indexes. The study, “Performance Analysis of CBOE S&P 500 Options-Selling Indices,” is the first comprehensive study that examines the performance of options-strategy benchmark indexes that incorporate iron condor and iron butterfly strategies. Commissioned by CBOE and co-authored by Keith Black, Ph.D.,[...]

  • Market News | Feb 22, 2016, 3:29 PM

    SPX Wednesday Weeklys Begin Trading on Feb. 23

    SPX Wednesday Weeklys Begin Trading on Feb. 23

    Beginning Tuesday, February 23, CBOE will list for trading weekly options on the S&P 500 Index which expire on Wednesdays (“SPX Wednesday Weeklys”). Like other SPXW options, SPX Wednesday Weeklys are series of the SPX option class. Key features of the SPX Wednesday Weeklys include – SPX Wednesday Weeklys may expire on any Wednesday of the month, other than a Wednesday that coincides with an End-of-Month (“EOM”) expiration date. SPX Wednesday Weeklys are PM-settled;[...]

  • Market News | Feb 22, 2016, 2:20 PM

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Grows to 6,229 Contracts

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Grows to 6,229 Contracts

    Open interest for options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) recently rose above 6,200 contacts for the first time. Over the past month the MXEF options open interest grew from 98 to 6,229 contracts. Over the past year several institutional investors have expressed to me their interest in the potential for a liquid MXEF options contract, particularly because the MXEF options contract is cash-settled and has a notional size that is about 24 times larger than options on the EEM ETF. VOLATILITY[...]

  • Market News | Futures | Strategy | Feb 11, 2016, 12:35 PM

    New Study on Six Russell 2000 Options-Based Benchmarks Finds Higher Premiums and Risk-adjusted Returns for Certain Indexes

    New Study on Six Russell 2000 Options-Based Benchmarks Finds Higher Premiums and Risk-adjusted Returns for Certain Indexes

    A newly published study examines six benchmark indexes that invest in Russell 2000® Index (RUT) options and compares their performances with those of traditional benchmark stock and bond indexes. This is the first comprehensive study that examines the performance of multiple options-strategy benchmark indexes that incorporate Russell 2000 Index options. Written by Mark Shore, an adjunct professor at DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and sponsored by CBOE, the study,[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Education | Trade Ideas | Feb 10, 2016, 1:00 PM

    Record Open Interest of 2,333 Contracts for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF)

    Record Open Interest of 2,333 Contracts for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF)

    The open interest for options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) recently rose to a record 2,333 contacts. Several institutional investors have expressed interest in the potential for a liquid MXEF options contract, particularly because the MXEF options contract is cash-settled and has a notional size that is about 24 times larger than options on the EEM ETF. IMPORTANT MSCI GLOBAL INDEXES In mid-2015 the total market capitalizations were $13 trillion for MSCI EAFE (MXEA) and $4 trillion for[...]

  • Education | Trade Ideas | Feb 4, 2016, 9:46 AM

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Tops 600 Contracts

    Open Interest for Options on MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) Tops 600 Contracts

    This last week the open interest for options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) rose above 600 contacts for the first time. Over the past year several institutional investors have expressed interest in the potential for a liquid MXEF options contract, particularly because the MXEF options contract is cash-settled and has a notional size that is about 24 times larger than options on the EEM ETF. VOLATILITY SKEW FOR MXEF OPTIONS The volatility skew chart below shows that Bloomberg has estimated[...]

  • Paper by Professor Bondarenko Has Intriguing New Analysis of the Premiums, Returns and Volatility of PUT and WPUT Indexes

    Paper by Professor Bondarenko Has Intriguing New Analysis of the Premiums, Returns and Volatility of PUT and WPUT Indexes

    A new 10-page study examines both the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT) and the CBOE S&P 500 One-Week PutWrite Index (WPUT), comparing their performances with that of traditional benchmark stock and bond indexes. This is the first comprehensive published study that examines the performance of a benchmark strategy index that incorporates WeeklysSM options. Written by Oleg Bondarenko, professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the study -- “An Analysis of Index Option[...]

  • Market News | Education | Futures | Jan 11, 2016, 1:00 PM

    VIX Weekly Futures Prices Rose 42% in First Week of 2016

    VIX Weekly Futures Prices Rose 42% in First Week of 2016

    The first week of 2016 was a challenging one for many financial markets worldwide, as (1) It was the worst opening week of the year in history for both the S&P 500®(SPX) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, (2) The Shenzhen Composite Index of Chinese stocks fell 14.2%, (3) Crude oil futures (Feb. WTI) fell 10.5%, and (4) The U.S. dollar posted its biggest weekly loss vs. the yen since August 2013. Were there investable instruments that had diversification potential with double-digit[...]