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.

  • Market News | Sep 30, 2015, 12:33 AM

    More Precision with SPX and VIX Weeklys – Discussion at RMC Europe

    More Precision with SPX and VIX Weeklys – Discussion at RMC Europe

    During the first three decades of listed options trading (1973 – 2003) most exchange-listed options in the US (except FLEX options) had expirations on or near the third Friday of the month. In the past decade S&P 500® Weekly options (SPXW) offered near-term expirations on Fridays other than the third Friday standard expirations. In 2015 new Weekly futures and options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) are being introduced. On Tuesday, September 29, at the Fourth Annual[...]

  • Market News | Sep 29, 2015, 8:45 AM

    Fixed-strike Options Strategies and Volatility Risk Premium Discussed in Switzerland

    Fixed-strike Options Strategies and Volatility Risk Premium Discussed in Switzerland

    On Tuesday, September 29, in Switzerland at the Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe http://www.cboermceurope.com, two experts – (1) Maneesh Deshpande, Managing Director and Head of Equity Derivatives Strategy, Barclays, and (2) Scott Maidel, Senior Portfolio Manager / Trader, Equity Derivatives, Russell Investments -- engaged in a discussion of - Vanilla But Not Boring: Fixed Strike Option Strategies Volatility Risk Premia (VRP) alpha, equity replacement and overlay[...]

  • Market News | Sep 28, 2015, 7:13 AM

    Funds’ Use of Options and Volatility-Based Products – New Research and Indexes

    Funds’ Use of Options and Volatility-Based Products – New Research and Indexes

    In my business travels to discuss the topic of options and volatility-based investment strategies, I often hear questions such as – “What funds are engaging in options and volatility-based investment strategies, and how is their performance?” Again I heard this question this past week in meetings with investors in Hong Kong and Shanghai. On Monday, September 28 at the Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe http://www.cboermceurope.com, I delivered a presentation[...]

  • Market News | Sep 28, 2015, 6:20 AM

    New Benchmark Indexes – CNDR, BFLY, PPUT, VSTG, et al. – for Enhanced Yield, Reduced Risk, or Capturing of Alpha

    New Benchmark Indexes – CNDR, BFLY, PPUT, VSTG, et al. – for Enhanced Yield, Reduced Risk, or Capturing of Alpha

    On Monday, September 28 at the Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe http://www.cboermceurope.com, a presentation on new CBOE strategy benchmark indexes that use index options was delivered by William Speth, Vice President, Research and Product Development, CBOE. (In 2002 CBOE introduced the first major option-based strategy benchmark index – the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM)). Names, tickers and descriptions for many of the new benchmark indexes are at the[...]

  • Market News | Sep 25, 2015, 2:55 PM

    New Benchmark Indexes That Use S&P 500 Weekly Options – Presentation in Switzerland

    New Benchmark Indexes That Use S&P 500 Weekly Options – Presentation in Switzerland

    S&P 500® Weekly options (SPXW) offer near-term expirations on Fridays other than the third Friday standard expirations. Average daily volume for the S&P 500 Weekly options grew to 272,939 in 2014. QUESTION ABOUT WEEKLY OPTIONS - Some options investors and commentators have asked questions such as – “Are the Weekly options merely tools for short-term speculation, or are they also used for prudent income enhancement strategies? Can CBOE create a benchmark index that uses Weekly[...]

  • Market News | Aug 27, 2015, 5:33 PM

    Interested in Managing Global Portfolio Exposure? Explore Options on MSCI Indexes

    Interested in Managing Global Portfolio Exposure? Explore Options on MSCI Indexes

    Interest in managing global portfolio exposure has grown in recent weeks. As shown in the price charts below, over the five-trading-day period from August 17 through August 24 – Two key global stock indexes – the MSCI EAFE Index (MXEA) and MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) – both fell by more than 5%; Several volatility indexes rose considerably – the CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (VXEEM) rose 120%; CBOE EFA ETF Volatility Index (VXEFA) rose 112%, and CBOE China[...]

  • Market News | Aug 25, 2015, 2:41 PM

    Around-the-Clock Trading of VIX and SPX Soars in Recent Days

    Around-the-Clock Trading of VIX and SPX Soars in Recent Days

    CBOE Holdings now offers Extended Trading Hours (ETH) on key popular index futures and options contracts -- to provide investors with tools to hedge and to take advantage of market opportunities as they happen. www.cboe.com/ETH. In recent days many investors have become concerned about falling share prices on stock exchanges in Asia, and on August 24 the trading volumes during ETH soared to 140,811 for VIX futures, 21,612 for VIX options and 8,407 for S&P 500 (SPX) options. DAILY VOLUME DURING[...]

  • Market News | Futures | Aug 24, 2015, 8:27 AM

    Record Volume Day for CBOE and SPX Options, as VIX Index Has Its Biggest One-Week Jump

    Record Volume Day for CBOE and SPX Options, as VIX Index Has Its Biggest One-Week Jump

    This past week the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose 118.5%, its largest move ever (in percentage terms) in one calendar week. On Friday CBOE®, C2 Exchange and the CBOE’s S&P 500® (SPX) options all experienced record volume days, with estimated volume of 11 million options contracts traded on CBOE.  A news report at Marketwatch noted –“Across the globe, investors dumped anything with a whiff of “risk” as an economic slowdown in China accelerates,[...]

  • Market News | Aug 18, 2015, 4:52 PM

    Implied Volatility for the FXI China ETF August Options Jumped 20% the Past Two Days

    Implied Volatility for the FXI China ETF August Options Jumped 20% the Past Two Days

    August 18 – A report today at http://money.cnn.com noted that – “The bears have returned in China. The Shanghai Composite shed 6.2% on Tuesday, once again bringing the key index below the 3,800 point mark. …Tuesday's slump was the sharpest decline since July 27.” RISE IN IMPLIED VOLATILITY FOR THE AUGUST FXI OPTIONS A key issue for options investors is - how does the volatility in the Chinese stock markets impact the prices and implied volatility of exchange-listed options[...]

  • Market News | Strategy | Jul 30, 2015, 1:53 PM

    New Appeal for BXM Index and Buy-write Strategies in 2015

    New Appeal for BXM Index and Buy-write Strategies in 2015

    In a recent news article in Bloomberg, Callie Bost noted this year’s relatively strong performance for the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM), and she wrote -- “Traders Score With Buy-Write Options Strategy Tuned to U.S. Calm.  Traders selling calls on stock holdings are beating the S&P 500 for the first time since 2011. The torpor in U.S. equities is proving a bonanza for traders employing an options tactic designed to capitalize on dead markets. …  ‘A churning[...]

  • Market News | Jul 29, 2015, 3:44 PM

    Ten New CBOE Benchmark Indexes - Risk Management and Yield-enhancing Investment Tools

    Ten New CBOE Benchmark Indexes - Risk Management and Yield-enhancing Investment Tools

    Today CBOE announced in a press release that it has created 10 new options-based strategy performance benchmark indexes that are designed to highlight the long-term utility of options as risk management and yield- enhancing investment tools. CBOE will disseminate intra-day values for the new benchmarks beginning August 3, 2015 at the page www.cboe.com/benchmarks. The new benchmark indexes use popular S&P 500® Index (SPX) Weeklys options to create new versions of two of CBOE’s flagship[...]

  • Market News | Futures | Jul 27, 2015, 5:35 PM

    VIX Weeklys Futures Rose Today

    VIX Weeklys Futures Rose Today

    Today the new nearby VIX® Weeklys futures (ticker “31VX/Q5,” with an August 5 expiration) rose about 7% and had a daily settlement value of 15.325. Here is a screenshot of the delayed quotes table at 3:28 pm CT today -  The detailed futures quote table below showed expiration dates, prices, and volumes for VIX futures with the new Weeklys expirations and standard expirations.    Investors with Bloomberg terminals can see detailed VIX futures information[...]

  • Market News | Jul 24, 2015, 10:20 AM

    Launch of Trading in VIX Weeklys Futures – More Expirations to Provide More Responsiveness

    Launch of Trading in VIX Weeklys Futures – More Expirations to Provide More Responsiveness

    On the July 23 trading day, CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) launched the first-ever trading of futures with weekly expirations on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® Index). The new VIX Weeklys futures offer more expirations that have the potential to provide more precision and responsiveness for investors. On July 23 the estimated trading volume was more than 200 contracts for the new VIX Weeklys futures (with expirations on August 5 and August 12), and approximately 216,000 contracts[...]

  • Market News | Jul 21, 2015, 10:55 AM

    Panel of Experts in NYC Discusses VIX Weeklys Futures -- To Launch at 3:30 PM CT on July 22

    Panel of Experts in NYC Discusses VIX Weeklys Futures -- To Launch at 3:30 PM CT on July 22

    On July 16 in New York City, a panel of four volatility experts - Mark Chen, Managing Director, Citigroup; Joe Aiken, Managing Partner, Malachite Capital Management; Krag “Buzz” Gregory, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; and Jim Lubin, Managing Director; CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®), had a lively and upbeat discussion on the topic of Managing Portfolios with VIX®Weeklys Futures and Options. CFE plans to list futures with weekly expirations on the CBOE Volatility Index®(VIX)[...]

  • Market News | Education | Jul 16, 2015, 11:10 AM

    Agenda for RMC Europe, CBOE Presents 35 Speakers

    Agenda for RMC Europe, CBOE Presents 35 Speakers

    The Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe will occur on September 28 - 30, 2015, at the InterContinental Hotel in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. This week the Agenda and List of 35 Speakers for RMC Europe were published at www.cboermceurope.com.  Hosted by the CBOE, RMC is an educational forum dedicated to exploring the latest products, trading strategies and tactics used to manage risk exposure and enhance yields. RMC brings together top traders, strategists and researchers,[...]