Moran-Matt

Matt Moran

Matt Moran is vice president of business development for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he communicates with pension funds, mutual funds, and financial advisors. He has delivered more than 200 presentations worldwide on the topics of managing volatility and adding income with option-writing strategies. Previously, he served trust counsel at Harris Bank and vice president at Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is an associate editor of two Institutional Investor publications — The Journal of Trading and The Journal of Index Investing. Mr. Moran holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois.

  • Sep 19, 2018, 11:42 AM

    Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four Straight Trading Days; Some Cite Surge in Black-Swan Hedging

    Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four Straight Trading Days; Some Cite Surge in Black-Swan Hedging

    For the first time ever, on Tuesday, September 18, the Cboe SKEW Index (SKEW) closed above 150 for four straight trading days. A recent headline in Bloomberg stated a “Surge in Black-Swan Hedging Casts Shadow Over U.S. Stock Rally,” and noted the Cboe SKEW Index near all-time high underscores hedging demand. The story suggested, ”Elevated levels could also reflect lack of demand for calls” ….‘This has everything to do with trade risk in my view,’ said Dennis[...]

  • Sep 14, 2018, 3:06 PM

    Presentation on Volatility Regime Change and the VIX Singularity Hedge Strategy at Cboe RMC

    Presentation on Volatility Regime Change and the VIX Singularity Hedge Strategy at Cboe RMC

    Abhinandan Deb, Managing Director and Head of Global Cross Asset Quant Investment Strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch, delivered a presentation on “Volatility Regime Change – Signs, Symptoms and Solutions” on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC). Topics covered by Mr. Deb included:  What to watch as we leave ultra-low volatility behind Diversification, relative value and defensive strategies Key points covered included: The[...]

  • Sep 14, 2018, 1:57 PM

    Unprecedented Overhaul of Sector Indexes Discussed at Cboe RMC

    Unprecedented Overhaul of Sector Indexes Discussed at Cboe RMC

    Coordinated presentations were delivered by Tim Edwards, Ph.D., Managing Director of Index Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and Saurabh Katiyar, Vice President, MSCI, on the following topics at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC) on September 13: An outline of changes in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) classifications of sector and industry groups How sectoral groupings help connect broader trends to their market effects Comparing the[...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 2:43 PM

    Credit and Credit Volatility Discussed by Blackrock and Applied Academics at Cboe RMC

    Credit and Credit Volatility Discussed by Blackrock and Applied Academics at Cboe RMC

    Credit and Credit Volatility were discussed in presentations on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC) by Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC, and Brett Pybus, CFA, Managing Director, BlackRock. Topics discussed by the expert presenters included; Markets and use cases for corporate bond index futures and ETFs What drives credit volatility and what do credit volatility indexes tell you about the state of credit markets and spreads? [...]

  • Sep 13, 2018, 2:25 PM

    Are We Still in a Bull Market? – Address by Louis-Vincent Gave at Cboe RMC

    Are We Still in a Bull Market? – Address by Louis-Vincent Gave at Cboe RMC

    Louis-Vincent Gave of Gavekal delivered a speech on “Are We Still in a Bull Market” on September 13 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC). Mr. Gave’s presentation included 57 slides; below are highlights, with excerpts from some of the slides: GRAPHIC #1 – CHINA’S INDUSTRIAL POLICY GRAPHIC #2 – POSSIBLE SLOWDOWN IN U.S. GRAPHIC #3 – TECH IN U.S. AND CHINA   GRAPHIC #4 – FEWER SEC-LISTED COMPANIES IN THE U.S. GRAPHIC[...]

  • Sep 12, 2018, 4:33 PM

    The Interest Rate Volatility Environment: Can Rates Volatility be the Next ‘Safe-Haven’? – Presentations at #CboeRMC

    The Interest Rate Volatility Environment: Can Rates Volatility be the Next ‘Safe-Haven’? – Presentations at #CboeRMC

    On September 12 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC), presentations on  The Interest Rate Volatility Environment - Can Rates Volatility be the Next "Safe-Haven"?  were delivered by two experts - Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC and by Kokou Agbo-Bloua, Managing Director, Global Head of Flow Strategy & Solutions, Société Générale. Topics covered in the presentations included: What drives rates volatilities[...]

  • Sep 12, 2018, 4:28 PM

    Presentation on Volatility-Related Indicators, including VIX, RVX, VVIX, SKEW, Correlation and Dispersion, at #CboeRMC

    Presentation on Volatility-Related Indicators, including VIX, RVX, VVIX, SKEW, Correlation and Dispersion, at #CboeRMC

    On September 12 at the 7th Annual Cboe European Risk Management Conference (RMC), Bill Speth, Global Head of Research on the Cboe Multi-Asset Solutions Team, delivered a presentation on Developments in Volatility-Related Indicators & Benchmarks. Bill’s presentation covered the following topics -- A look into the many volatility indicators that exist; how they were created and for what purposes VIX® Index, RVX Index (Russell 2000 vol), VVIX Index (VIX of VIX), SKEW Index, and[...]

  • Sep 11, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Futures on U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index launched September 10: Analysis with Seven Charts

    Futures on U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index launched September 10: Analysis with Seven Charts

    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. launched trading in Cboe® iBoxx® iShares® $ High Yield Corporate Bond Index (IBHY) futures on the Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) Monday, September 10, 2018. The new futures are designed to allow users to hedge and mitigate high yield corporate bond credit risk, and more generally allow them to efficiently allocate to the corporate bond market and implement fixed-income trading strategies. The price of Cboe's IBHY futures is based on IHS Markit's iBoxx® iShares®[...]

  • Sep 6, 2018, 2:42 PM

    New Cboe Weeklys Options on MSCI EAFE and EM Indexes Launched on September 6

    New Cboe Weeklys Options on MSCI EAFE and EM Indexes Launched on September 6

    New Cboe Weeklys Options on MSCI EAFE and EM Indexes Launched on September 6  Cboe’s MSCI EAFE® Index (ticker MXEA) and MSCI Emerging Markets Index (ticker MXEF) options can provide investors with large-sized, cash-settled index tools to help efficiently manage global equity risk.  Cboe has made several enhancements to its MSCI product suite, including today’s launch of Friday-expiring Weeklys options.      NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR MXEA AND MXEF OPTIONS NEW WEEKLYS[...]

  • Aug 29, 2018, 4:10 PM

    Strong Risk-adjusted Returns for Cboe’s CMBO Index That Sells SPX Calls and Puts

    Strong Risk-adjusted Returns for Cboe’s CMBO Index That Sells SPX Calls and Puts

    In recent years I have heard interest from pension fund sponsors in exploring the concept of selling both covered calls and cash-secured puts. In 2015 Cboe introduced the Cboe S&P 500 Covered Combo Index (CMBO), a benchmark index that sells S&P 500® (SPX) put options and call options, and that has more than 32 years of price history. A paper by the consulting firm Cambridge Associates - Highlights from the Benefits of Selling Volatility – noted that -- “Over the past 20 years,[...]

  • Aug 1, 2018, 8:59 AM

    Change to Final Trading Date for MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Markets Index Options

    Change to Final Trading Date for MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Markets Index Options

    In regard to the Cboe’s large-sized, cash-settled MSCI EAFE® and MSCI Emerging Markets Index options, Cboe recently issued two notices with changes for the index options: June 2018 - Cboe Notice on Selection of MSCI Lead Market-Maker July 2018 - Cboe Notice on Change to Last Trading Date and Symbol for MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Markets Index Options Here are key excerpts from the July 2018 notice: KEY FEATURES OF MXEF & MXEA OPTIONS Key features of the global index options[...]

  • Jul 27, 2018, 3:00 PM

    Updated Implied Volatility Charts for SPX, FB, AAPL, AMZN, & GOOG

    Updated Implied Volatility Charts for SPX, FB, AAPL, AMZN, & GOOG

    This past week the financial markets experienced some big earnings announcements, Facebook had the biggest one-day loss of market value by a single company in U.S. stock market history, and Cboe has received more interest in updated volatility charts and analysis. Cboe offers dozens of volatility indexes that serve as leading gauges of investor sentiment, including the VXZN, VXAPL, VXGOG, and VIX® indexes in the sixth chart below. VOLATILITY SKEW CHARTS FOR OPTIONS ON SPX, FB, GOOG, AMZN, &[...]

  • Jul 23, 2018, 11:56 AM

    Cboe’s SPX-Options-Based Benchmark Indexes, with Testimonial, 12 News Clips and White Papers - Catalysts for Growth in Use of Index Options

    Cboe’s SPX-Options-Based Benchmark Indexes, with Testimonial, 12 News Clips and White Papers - Catalysts for Growth in Use of Index Options

    When I worked at investment conferences around the year 2000 and asked attendees about use of listed options, many attendees would say they did not use listed options for a variety of reasons, including perceptions that options were too risky, too complex, too labor-intensive, and/or not well understood.  Since the 2002 launch of the Cboe BXM Index, there has been a tremendous increase in interest in and use of listed options by individual and institutional investors, and there now are more[...]

  • Trader Talk | Cboe Benchmark Indexes | Jul 6, 2018, 3:47 PM

    32 Years of Performance History for 10 Benchmark Indexes That Use S&P 500 Options – Lower Volatility and Enhanced Risk-Adjusted Returns

    32 Years of Performance History for 10 Benchmark Indexes That Use S&P 500 Options – Lower Volatility and Enhanced Risk-Adjusted Returns

    This is the 4th in a series of blogs at www.cboe.com/blogs to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the launch of SPX options on July 1, 1983. #SPX35 In 2001 some portfolio managers who engaged in strategies that used S&P 500® (SPX) options told me that pension fund sponsors suggested that the options industry should develop indexes that could serve as benchmarks for options-based performance. In 2002 Cboe worked with Professor Robert Whaley to introduce the first major benchmark index that[...]

  • Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Cboe Benchmark Indexes | Jul 5, 2018, 8:06 AM

    Portfolio Protection with Cboe’s S&P 500 Options: Overview of Basic Concepts

    Portfolio Protection with Cboe’s S&P 500 Options: Overview of Basic Concepts

    Many investors are asking questions about how to protect their investment portfolios in light of a number of developments, including (a) the potential for global trade wars, (2) low interest rates for fixed income investments and high price-earnings ratios for key stocks, and (3) the most severe peak-to-trough drawdowns a decade ago were down 51% for the S&P 500 Index, down 62.7% for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, and down 81% for the S&P GSCI Index.    Strategies using S&P[...]

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