The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.

Portfolio Buffer This week, CBOE Vest announced it launched the CBOE Vest S&P 500 Buffer Protect Strategy Fund (BUIGX), the first mutual fund designed to provide investors with index-based buffer protection.  The fund follows the CBOE S&P 500 Buffer Protection Index Balanced Series, providing a risk management tool that “buffers” portfolios in the event of downward movement in the market.  For more information, visit CBOE Vest Funds.  

“CBOE Vest Launches CBOE Vest S&P 500 Buffer Protect Strategy Fund” – Valentina Kirilova, Leap Rate

Mind The Gap    Tilly LondonOn Thursday evening, CBOE officially opened its London office.  On hand for the event were approximately 150 customers, partners and members of the press, along with CBOE staff and CEO Ed Tilly.  The office, CBOE’s first international business development outpost, will enable the exchange to expand and strengthen its customer relationships throughout Europe.

CBOE’s London office is located in the Leadenhall Building at 122 Leadenhall Street.  For additional information, see the press release.

VIX FIX: Interest Rates Peaks Volatility’s Interest Major indexes took a nose dive on Friday, placing them in negative territory for the week.  With the Fed making noise that an interest rate hike by year end was possible, the Dow dropped more than 300 points intraday, while the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) rose above its 200-day moving average to over 16.  As the case for an interest rate hike strengthens and Election Day approaches, volatility may continue climbing.

“Something Rare is Happening in the Market with the VIX: Trader” – Annie Pei, CNBC

“The Fear Gauge is Looking Too Confident” – Daisy Maxey, Wall Street Journal

“With Nowhere to Go, This $64 Billion Asset Manager Bets on VIX” – Jonas Cho Walsgard, Bloomberg

“Broken Record? 3 Reasons the Market is Still Too Quiet” – Ben Levisohn, Barron’s

“Options Market Update” – Jacob Mintz, Cabot Investing Advice

“Wall Street Puts Faith in U.S. Prolonging Political Gridlock” – Liz McCormick and Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg