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.

Applause, Applause At the GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Award ceremony in New York City Thursday evening, CBOE was named ‘Derivatives Exchange of the Year – Americas.’ Global Capital cited CBOE’s  “commitment to client service through its extended trading hours initiative, its work on regulatory issues, the breadth of the range of its index products, and its commitment to developing new ones as the derivatives market evolves.”  Last night’s award was the fourth industry honor CBOE has received in 2015.

“CBOE Wins ‘Derivatives Exchange of the Year – Americas’ Award” – CBOE Press Release

“GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards 2015 Winners” – Ralph Sinclair, GlobalCapital

VIX FIX Last week, the VIX Index closed below 12, its lowest point of 2015, before surging 15% early this week.  Could this spike mean investor complacency has lifted?  Maybe it’s the easing of economic growth shown in a lower GDP, or perhaps, concerns of looming interest rate hikes?  Explore all of these concepts right here with your “VIX FIX.”

“Is the VIX Signaling Doom?” – Adam Warner, Schaeffers Investment Research

S&P 500 Sucker Punched as VIX Jumps 16% From Year’s Lowest Level – Callie Bost and Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg

“Low VIX Points to Tumble Ahead for Stocks, UBS Says” – Chris Dieterich, Barron’s

“What’s Summer Without a Little Volatility?” – Andrew Wilkinson, Futures

“Heavy Economic Lineup Could Deliver Stock Market’s Breakout” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes

“No Follow Through for the ‘Fear Gauge’- Chris Dieterich, Barron’s

China to Launch First Index Options   The China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) is planning to launch China’s first-ever stock index options.  The first batch of stock index options are expected to be based on China's blue-chip CSI 300 Index, the SSE 50 Index and the small-cap CSI 500 Index.

“China to Launch First Stock Index Options Soon – State Media” – Reuters