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.
CBOE announced on January 6, that all its historical market data formerly operated by Market Data Express (MDX) has been migrated to the CBOE Livevol Data Shop. This action combines a comprehensive source of options, equity and exchange-traded fund (ETF) data with the customizable services offered by CBOE Livevol under one umbrella.
For more information, see the press release.
“CBOE Historical Data Subscription Service Migrates to CBOE Livevol Data Shop” – Hedgeweek
“CBOE’s Historical Data Now on LIVEVOL Data Shop” – John D’Antona Jr., Traders Magazine
This past Wednesday, CBOE Vest announced the launch of the CBOE Vest S&P 500 Enhanced Growth Strategy Fund (ENGIX) which tracks the CBOE S&P 500 Enhanced Growth Index Balanced Series (SPEN). The third in a series of mutual funds launched by CBOE Vest, ENGIX is designed to enhance growth while keeping losses in line with the market and limiting returns to be below a cap. By using options, the Enhanced Growth Strategy employed by the fund seeks to deliver 2x upside performance on the S&P 500 up to a variable cap, without additional leverage on the downside.
For more information on CBOE Vest products, visit https://www.cboevest.com/en-us/.
“Vest Launches ARN-Like S&P Mutual Fund” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives
VIX Fix: Volatility in Tweets
Markets retreated this week, as the Dow fell further from the much-anticipated 20,000 milestone. In tandem, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) was flat on the week, hovering in the mid-11 range, well below its average daily close of 15.8 in 2016, and its historical average of 19.7. It seems the only volatility that could be found anywhere was in tweets from the new President-Elect, which has been pointed out as a factor in this week’s market decline. Although volatility may be down, it should not be counted out. We could be just 140 characters away from the next market moving event.
“Expect 2017 to be More Volatile than Last Year” – Teresa Rivas, Barron’s
“What the VIX Fear Gauge is Telling the Markets” – Charles Bovaird, Investopedia
“Single Stock Option Demand Propping Up VIX, Index Option Demand” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives
“The VIX Fix: The VIX Spread Trade” – Jeff Klearman, Seeking Alpha
“VIX Update: How Low Can the VIX Go” – Seeking Alpha
“CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is Low, But Don’t Expect it to Stay That Way Forever” – Gavin McMaster, Insider Monkey