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.

New Options Flexibility

This Monday, CBOE will begin offering FLEX Index Options with Asian and Cliquet style settlement. These new exchange-traded exotic options are particularly appealing to the insurance industry, giving indexed annuity writers new options-based hedging alternatives.  For more information, see the Press Release.

“CBOE to Offer FLEX Index Options with Asian and Cliquet Settlements” – John D’Antona, Markets Media

More Industry Accolades for CBOE

CBOE received two awards Monday night at the EQDerivatives Global Equity & Volatility Derivatives Awards ceremony in New York City.  The exchange was named “U.S. Exchange of the Year,” while the launch of VIX Weeklys futures and options earned “Listed Product Launch of the Year.” For more information, see the Press Release.

VIX FIX – All Quiet on the VIX-Tern Front

Markets experienced another week of calm, signaling volatility may have gone on spring break. The stabilization in the oil markets and a hint by the Fed that it may postpone interest rate hikes caused the VIX Index to continue its downward trek, dipping below the 14 level by week’s end.  Recent volatility trades, however, point to the skepticism of some traders who don’t think this calm will last.

“Options Hedging in Focus as FOMC Meeting Looms” – Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Reuters

“Investors Seen Selling April VIX Calls” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives

“Volatility is Here to Stay Throughout 2016” – Teresa Rivas, Barron’s

“CBOE VIX’s Drop Below India Fear Gauge Signals Rally to Extend” – Santanu Chakraborty, Bloomberg

“S&P: Every Volatility Measure We Track Has Dropped” – Teresa Rivas, Barron’s

“A Little Too Quiet: Traders Wary of Calm as Volatility Bets Jump” – Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg