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

AFX Announces Liftoff

On Tuesday, CBOE and Environmental Financial Products (EFP) announced plans to launch the American Financial Exchange (AFX) on Friday, December 11.  AFX is a new electronic marketplace for small and mid-sized banks to lend and borrow short-term funds.

“CBOE Partners with EFP on Short Term Loan Exchange” – Dan Alderson, GlobalCapital

“CBOE-Backed Lending Market for Banks Plans Launch” – Kristin Broughton, American Banker

“Daily Agenda: CBOE Announced New Loan Market” – Andrew Barber, Institutional Investor

“Environmental Financial Products, LLC (EFP) and CBOE Holdings (CBOE) Announce December 11 Launch of American Financial Exchange (AFX) – Mondo Visione

Expanded Connectivity with PULSE

On Wednesday, CBOE announced it has joined with LiquidityBook, a financial services technology company with expertise in designing global Financial Information Exchange (FIX) platforms, to expand connectivity to CBOE’s PULSe trader workstations.  This new technology will provide direct electronic access to brokers and may create efficiencies in execution, clearing and compliance.

“LiquidityBook Helps CBOE Expand Connectivity to PULSe Trader Workstations” –

“CBOE Expands EMS Connectivity Between Traders and Workstations” – John D’Antona Jr., Traders

“CBOE Partners with LiquidityBook to Expand Service Offering for Traders” – Irina Slav, Finance Magnates


The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) was edging higher by week’s end, as the specter of an interest rate hike in December continued to loom over the market.  All eyes remain fixed on the upcoming December 17 FOMC meeting.

“How Volatile Will Market Volatility Get? – Mohamed A. El-Erian, Bloomberg View

“August VIX Outburst Previews Bigger Moves in Store for Next Year” – David Wilson, Bloomberg

“U.S. Fear Gauge Jumps Most in More Than a Month” – Mamta Badkar, Financial Times

“Is Market Volatility Set To Rise Again? A Look at the VIX Fear Gauge” – Ryan Detrick, See It Market

“Week Kicks Off With Surge in Volatility ETFs” – Tom Lydon, ETF Trends

“VIX Climbs 15%, But Lower Vol Expected” – Ryan Sachetta, EQ Derivatives