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 and Vest Financial

Last month, CBOE made a majority equity investment in Vest Financial, an asset management firm that provides options-based services through packaged products and develops technology solutions for options-based investments. CBOE’s investment in Vest will allow for enhanced integration of CBOE’s proprietary products, strategy indexes and options expertise into Vest’s platform, which substantially reduces the complexity of options trading.

“CBOE Adds Downside Protection via Vest”- Pablo Conde-Herman, Structured Retail Products

CBOE RMC Kicks Off This Monday

The 32nd annual CBOE Risk Management Conference kicks off this Monday.  For all the latest news and highlights from the conference, check for blogs from each session. On Twitter, follow @CBOE and #CBOERMC for conversation from the conference.


The CBOE Volatility Index touched its lowest levels of the year this week, dipping to 19.02 intra-day on Monday. As stocks head toward their second consecutive week of gains, traders are positioning for a further decline in volatility.


“The Big Bet Against Market Volatility” – CNBC

Melissa Lee, CNBC interviews Michael Khouw, Optimize Advisors

Air date: Monday, February 22


“Indicator has a Big Warning for the Market” – Yahoo Finance

Seana Smith, Yahoo Finance interviews Russell Rhoads, CBOE Options Institute

Air Date: Wednesday, February 24

“VIX Futures Send a Bullish Signal for Stocks” – Saumya Vaishampayan, Wall Street Journal

“Playing Volatility via the VIX Has Little Downside Right Now” – Wayne Duggan, Fox Business

“VIX Got Ahead of Itself Breaking 20 Based on Bond Hedge Cost” – Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg

“VIX Vol Selling Seen As VVIX Declines” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives