Introduction to VIX Options
On February 24, 2006, options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The VIX options contract is the first product on market volatility to be listed on an SEC-regulated securities exchange. This new product, which can be traded from an options-approved securities account, follows the introduction of VIX Futures on the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE). Many investors consider the VIX Index to be the world's premier barometer of investor sentiment and market volatility, and VIX options are very powerful risk management tools.