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  • Sep 18, 2018, 4:42 PM

    Study Examines European Demand for U.S. Exchange-Listed Equity Options

    Study Examines European Demand for U.S. Exchange-Listed Equity Options

    Gary Delany, Director of European Marketing and Education for The Options Industry Council (OIC), Friday presented the findings of a study from late 2017/early 2018 at the Cboe Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe that looked at European use of U.S. options products, both multi-listed options, as well as proprietary options.  Key findings from the study include: European order flow accounts for an estimated 9% of trading, similar to 2013. Investments in U.S. equities are at record[...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 4:16 PM

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon Welcomes Cboe RMC Europe 2018 Attendees

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon Welcomes Cboe RMC Europe 2018 Attendees

    Cboe Global Markets President and COO Chris Concannon opened the second day of the Cboe Risk Management Conference Europe reflecting on the market events of the last year, including volatility’s return to the market earlier in 2018, and looked at the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Following the conference theme “Reading the Signals in the New Volatility Regime,” Concannon talked about market signals as we look at the current state of the U.S. market and economy. Concannon[...]

  • Sep 7, 2018, 2:46 PM

    The Collar Strategy – Stay Long & Hedge

    The Collar Strategy – Stay Long & Hedge

    Investors increasingly question how to manage their equity risk exposure as the equity market continues to extend the 9.5 year rally.  Following the “Random Walk” theory, we know markets are subject to making unpredictable price movements and unlikely to go straight up.  Retreating from the recent all-time highs, investors are faced with potentially increasing exposure to equity risk.  There are several alternatives to be considered, such as accept current risk levels,[...]

  • Trader Talk | CBOE Memories | Jul 2, 2018, 10:50 AM

    35 Years of S&P 500 Index Options Trading at Cboe

    35 Years of S&P 500 Index Options Trading at Cboe

    Ten years after creating the listed options market in 1973, Cboe revolutionized the financial world once again with the introduction of options on broad-based stock indexes.  On July 1, 1983, Cboe launched trading on S&P 500 Index options (SPX).  In 35 years, Cboe’s SPX options have grown from a modest beginning to the most-actively traded index option in the U.S.         Despite less-than-impressive early volumes – a mere 350 contracts traded[...]

  • VIX | Apr 26, 2018, 12:13 PM

    25 Years of the VIX Index: By the Numbers

    25 Years of the VIX Index: By the Numbers

    The growth of VIX and volatility trading has been an amazing story. As our month-long celebration of the VIX Index wraps up, we hope you have enjoyed learning about the past, present and future of VIX by following along on Twitter at #VIX25. Check out this recap of milestones in VIX history.    

  • VIX | Apr 25, 2018, 3:01 PM

    25 Years of the VIX Index: A Panel Wrap-up

    25 Years of the VIX Index: A Panel Wrap-up

    Cboe began publishing the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index) in April 1993. To celebrate the past, present and future of VIX, we’ve spent the month of April sharing its rich history with special content about the people who played a role in connection with the VIX Index and helped grow the VIX options and futures marketplace. On Tuesday, April 24, we gathered a number of those “VIX Index experts” in Cboe’s New York office for a panel discussion, “25 Years of the VIX[...]

  • VIX | Apr 6, 2018, 2:08 PM

    Cboe Declares April VIX Month

    Cboe Declares April VIX Month

    Cboe began publishing the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index) in April 1993. As part of our month-long celebration, we’re putting together special content highlighting the index. On Monday, we shared the 1993 press release announcing the real-time dissemination of the VIX Index. The April 1993 release ends by noting the 20th anniversary of Cboe, meaning this month, we’ll celebrate the company’s 45th anniversary! On Tuesday, we shared “Cboe VIX: By the Numbers,” which[...]

  • VIX | Cboe RMC | Mar 8, 2018, 8:23 AM

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Day two of Cboe RMC U.S. 2018 kicked off with Ed Tilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cboe Global Markets, welcoming approximately 300 attendees to this year’s event, the 34th annual Cboe Risk Management Conference. Given the recent return of volatility to the marketplace, Tilly focused his remarks on volatility, Cboe’s VIX Index and risk management.  February 5 was an extreme day in the market.  The Dow and VIX Index experienced record single-day moves.  Exchange[...]

  • Jul 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

    What's Trading Now? Spirit Airlines (SAVE)

    What's Trading Now? Spirit Airlines (SAVE)

    Other trades of note: With Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) at 25.01, a trader bought the Jul 21st 25 Calls for 26 cents and sold the Sep 15th 23 Puts for 19 cents. This traded 11,000 times for a net cost of 7 cents. This may be a bullish play on financials into second quarter earnings as a good portion of the XLF weighting reports over the next couple of weeks.    With iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) at 34.52, one trader bought the Jul 21st 35 Calls for 46 cents and sold[...]

  • Jul 6, 2017, 2:03 PM

    What's Trading Now?

    What's Trading Now?

    Other trades of note: VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) at 82.50, a Calendar Spread traded 7,500 times. The trader sold the Jul 21st 80 strike puts and bought the Aug 18th 80 strike puts paying 1.15. PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) at 136.22, a Short Strangle traded 5,000 times. The trader sold the Jul 21st 140 strike calls and the Jul 21st 132.50 strike puts for 1.21.   SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) at 116.36, a Bull Call Spread traded 10,000 times. The trader bought the Sept 15th 120/125 Call spread[...]

  • Jun 27, 2017, 3:54 PM

    What's Trading - PAA OTM Put Spread

    What's Trading - PAA OTM Put Spread

    CBOE Options Institute Instructor, Roma discusses Plains All-American Pipeline (PAA) amid Energy market turbulence. http://bit.ly/2tltQpN Other trades of note: iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) at 40.09 a Long Straddle traded 5,000 times. The trader bought the Jul 21st 40 strike calls and the Jul 21st 40 strike puts for 1.19. Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) at 53.36 a Long Strangle traded 2,000 times. The trader bought the Aug 18th 54 strike calls and the Aug 18th 53 strike puts for 1.29.[...]

  • Mar 9, 2017, 11:47 AM

    CBOE’s Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    CBOE’s Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    2017 CBOE Risk Management Conference Options Hub Blog Edward Provost Remarks Thursday, March 9, 2017 Day Two of CBOE RMC U.S. kicked off with bittersweet final remarks from CBOE’s Edward Provost, who officially retired as President and COO last week. Provost began with the obvious: CBOE Holdings’ acquisition of Bats Global Markets. “We believe the CBOE-Bats combination will enable us to cement CBOE’s position as the go-to partner for developing cutting-edge trading and investment[...]

  • Market News | Nov 30, 2016, 7:30 PM

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia Options Hub Blog Edward Tilly Remarks Thursday, December 1, 2016 CEO Edward Tilly on CBOE Innovation and Bats Acquisition       Kicking off the start of Day Two of CBOE RMC Asia 2016 in Hong Kong, CBOE Holdings CEO Edward Tilly updated conference attendees on CBOE Holdings’ planned acquisition of Bats Global Markets and on CBOE’s ongoing development of new products, services and tools. Tilly noted that industry participants’[...]

  • Market News | Sep 9, 2016, 4:15 PM

    Emerging & European Equity Performance since Brexit

    Emerging & European Equity Performance since Brexit

    By: Richard Rosenthal - CBOE Director, Business Development Investor interest has been growing in the European and Emerging equity markets as evidenced by significant rallies in some of the major indexes, particularly the FTSE 100 and FTSE China 50. Comparing the performances of the offshore equity markets to the U.S., the outperformance has been impressive since the results of the Brexit announcement on June 24th.   The S&P 500 has rallied +6.6% compared to FTSE 100 +10.5% and FTSE[...]

  • Market News | Jul 9, 2016, 9:54 AM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/8/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/8/2016

    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. More Tools for “Target Outcome Investing” CBOE announced this week that it has created a series of 13 “enhanced growth indexes,” the second in a family of options-based strategy performance benchmarks designed to target the outcomes of specific investment strategies. These benchmarks measure[...]

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