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.
Volatility Suite – Expanded
CBOE listed options on the FTSE 100 and FTSE China 50 Index this week, offering investors exposure to U.K. and Chinese markets. These are two of many new products CBOE expects to offer on FTSE Russell indexes, giving investors access to diverse hedging tools.
“CBOE targets product providers with new on-exchange ‘mini’ options on FTSE benchmarks” – Pablo Conde-Herman, Structured Retail Products
“CBOE, FTSE Russell Ready More Vol Product” – Peter Thompson, EQ Derivatives
VIX FIX – Volatility Abated
Markets ended the first quarter on a positive note, with the S&P 500 up 1 percent and the Dow Jones etching out a 1.5 percent increase, respectively. Concerns regarding volatility seemed to subside, shown by a complacent VIX hovering just over the 14 range. Market participants may want to catch their breath because earnings season is upon us and could have a significant impact on volatility.
“The S&P 500 is on pace to log its longest streak of calm since June” – Ellie Ismailidou, MarketWatch
“More Rough Days Ahead for Volatility Products?” – Ben Eisen, Wall Street Journal
“Fear Amid the Market Rally: Investors Raise Bets on Volatility” – Ben Eisen and Saumya Vaishampayan, Wall Street Journal
“Yawn……VIX Lower…Beta Lower….Market To Nowhere” – Jack Steiman, FXStreet
“Will VIX Values Remain Low?” – Rakesh Sharma, Investopedia
“Sell-Off Coming: I’m Buying Volatility” – Josh Arnold, Seeking Alpha
“A Better Stock-Market Volatility Gauge Sends a Warning” – Steven Sears, Barron’s