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  • Education | Jun 30, 2016, 4:43 PM

    Mid-Year Update on Volatility Indexes, and Thirty Years of Price History for Benchmark Indexes

    Mid-Year Update on Volatility Indexes, and Thirty Years of Price History for Benchmark Indexes

    Here are mid-year updates on benchmark indexes and volatility indexes at CBOE – (1) Nine CBOE benchmark indexes all have had less volatility than key stock indexes over the last three decades; (2) The highest daily closing values for select volatility indexes so far this year were 28.14 on Feb. 11 for the VIX Index, and 125.13 on June 24 for the VVIX Index. The CBOE/CME FX British Pound Volatility Index (BPVIX) rose prior to the Brexit referendum, and its daily closing values had a big range[...]

  • Education | Jun 29, 2016, 1:14 PM

    CBOE RMC Europe Keynote Address Speaker Announced

    CBOE RMC Europe Keynote Address Speaker Announced

    Independence Day is just around the corner which means I’m starting to look forward to my Fall travel schedule. Two of the things I get to do (I say this as I consider it a great perk of my job) is attend CBOE’s Risk Management conferences in Europe and Asia. The European version is scheduled for September 26 – 28 when we return to the Powerscourt Hotel in County Wicklow outside of Dublin Ireland. Today I learned that the keynote speaker will be Jim VandeHei who was a co-founder[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Jun 28, 2016, 9:19 AM

    How Did the Brexit Timeline Affect Volatility?

    How Did the Brexit Timeline Affect Volatility?

    Editors note - the following blog was put together by a team of interns from CBOE.  Nicholas Ghilardi will be a Junior at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is majoring in Engineering Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Gillian Hood will be Junior at Vanderbilt University and is majoring in Economics with minors in Corporate Strategy and Finance. Noah Silverman will be a Sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis and is majoring in Finance.  Last Thursday,[...]

  • Education | Jun 27, 2016, 11:24 AM

    Left Tail Risk for CBOE Benchmark Indexes: Nine Histograms

    Left Tail Risk for CBOE Benchmark Indexes: Nine Histograms

    Volatility in the many worldwide markets shot up last week, which has left investors looking for the better ways to manage risk. Some investors still have the misconception that all options strategies are more risky than common stock and bond strategies, but the histogram analysis below shows that nine CBOE benchmark indexes have less left tail risk than the S&P 500® total return index since mid-1986. A total of 9 histograms were created, directly comparing the monthly returns of the PUT,[...]

  • Market News | Education | Futures | Jun 15, 2016, 3:28 PM

    SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options Volume Grows to More Than 100,000 Per Day

    SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options Volume Grows to More Than 100,000 Per Day

    On February 23, 2016, CBOE launched trading of weekly options on the S&P 500® Index which expire on Wednesdays. The average daily volume for SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options grew from 74,114 in May, to 105,768 so far this month (through June 14). POTENTIAL BENEFITS – PRESS RELEASE CBOE’s February press release noted – "We are pleased to further expand our SPX product complex with the introduction of SPX Weeklys with Wednesday expirations," said CBOE Holdings[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Jun 14, 2016, 8:00 PM

    The Smooth Process Known as Russell Reconstitution

    The Smooth Process Known as Russell Reconstitution

    June means a lot of different things to different people. For my kids it’s get out of school time. For my wife it’s how long until my kids go back to school time. For me it is Russell Reconstitution time. Before joining CBOE I would monitor the reconstitution process and try to trade around stocks that were going to be added or deleted from the Russell 2000. Now as an employee of CBOE I monitor the process since we are home for options trading on many FTSE Russell Indexes. Four of those[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | Jun 10, 2016, 4:43 PM

    Russell 2000 Index: Re-Pricing Risk

    Russell 2000 Index: Re-Pricing Risk

    Russell 2000 Index (RUT) Hits a 2016 High The bellwether benchmark for U.S. small-caps, the Russell 2000 Index tracks the performance of U.S. companies that derive most of their revenues domestically. Since the middle of May, as the Russell 2000 Index moved to its year’s high (1190.17) on June 8th.  In comparison to the S&P 500 the Russell 2000 slightly outperformed on a year-to-date basis (+2.33% vs. 2.27%) as of today. Please note the Russell 2000 Index ticker is (RTY) in the Bloomberg[...]

  • Market News | Education | Trade Ideas | Jun 9, 2016, 3:17 PM

    Will the China A-Shares Be Added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14?

    Will the China A-Shares Be Added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14?

    A key topic for global investors today is whether Chinese A-Shares will be added to the popular MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14. A recent news story in the Wall Street Journal noted that -- “MSCI is set to decide this month whether to include in its benchmarks the shares of companies listed on China’s domestic exchanges. U.S. options traders are ramping up bets on the outcome using the biggest exchange-traded fund linked to China. If the MSCI decides to include the stocks, known[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | Strategy | Jun 7, 2016, 10:35 AM

    BPVIX Index Hits Highest Level Since 2009, as Investors Manage Brexit Risk

    BPVIX Index Hits Highest Level Since 2009, as Investors Manage Brexit Risk

    On Monday the CBOE/CME FX British Pound Volatility Index (BPVIX) closed at 22.59, its highest daily close since March 2009, and the BPVIX Index has risen 161.8% so far this year (through June 6). A number of news articles have noted that the implied volatility for British Pound has risen during the past month because of concern about the upcoming June 23 Brexit referendum. Recent headlines for news stories included (1) “Pound Falls, Volatility Jumps as Polls Show Momentum for Brexit”[...]

  • Education | Jun 6, 2016, 10:17 AM

    Options Trading For Beginners: Market Timing

    Options Trading For Beginners:  Market Timing

    Market timing is everything in investing, but when you have an egg timer running constantly it makes your opportunity for success that much more difficult.  That is what we face as option traders.  Now, as option sellers we have the luxury of time being on our side, preferring to let options decay and take in the premium before expiration.  Premium sellers are often content with a stock moving sideways.  On the other hand, option buyers need stocks to with robust action up or[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Jun 3, 2016, 1:54 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/3/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/3/2016

    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 FIX – Volatility’s Summer Lull It’s been another uneventful week for stocks, which remained relatively unchanged.   As summer approaches and temperatures heat up, volatility has remained calm, cool and collected.  Even an impending vote on U.K.’s Brexit and today’s disappointing[...]

  • Education | May 29, 2016, 11:35 AM

    "Thanks to a Fine Canadian Doctor...."

    "Thanks to a Fine Canadian Doctor...."

    (Editors Note: The following are thoughts from a floor trader friend on Memorial Day, who wishes to remain anonymous.  We have edited in this year’s dates and times. We ran this blog the last few years going into Memorial Day and received several nice comments.  We hope you enjoy it). “Memorial Day” was called “Decoration Day” many years ago. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. I guess they[...]

  • VIX | Education | May 27, 2016, 2:35 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup - 5/27/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup - 5/27/2016

    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. CBOE Expanding its Orbit with Eris CBOE announced on Monday that it has made minority equity investment in Eris Exchange Holdings. Eris is a U.S.-based futures exchange group that offers swap futures as a capital-efficient alternative to over-the-counter swaps.  CBOE’s stake in Eris, much like its partnership[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Futures | Strategy | May 23, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Editor's note - David Skordal, Partner/Portfolio Manager, ABR Dynamic Funds, LLC, is the author of this blog The dips in August 2015 and January 2016 have served as reminders that the U.S. equity markets are now in the eighth year of a bull run, and equity crises happen on a regular basis. In the last 30 years, there was Black Monday, the Savings & Loan Crisis, the Russian Financial Crisis, the Tech Bubble Collapse, the Credit Crisis, the Flash Crash, and the Greek Crisis, just to name a few.[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | May 23, 2016, 9:10 AM

    A Market Under Distribution

    A Market Under Distribution

    The stock market is under distribution, this is a fact. Simply put, professional selling overwhelms the buying and prices head lower.   As the markets ebb and flow with the money coming in/out we are constantly reminded about the psychological effects of a bear market.  Yes, even after the huge rally off the February lows this could still be considered a bear market.  Some of the strongest rallies occur during bear markets, but we cannot dismiss the internal characteristics. [...]