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.

CBOE Expanding its Orbit with Eris

CBOE announced on Monday that it has made minority equity investment in Eris Exchange Holdings. Eris is a U.S.-based futures exchange group that offers swap futures as a capital-efficient alternative to over-the-counter swaps.  CBOE’s stake in Eris, much like its partnership in CurveGlobal, positions CBOE to tap into this space and help bring new capital efficiencies and exchange-traded products to the interest rate marketplace.

“CBOE Takes Stake in Rival Eris Exchange” – Philip Stafford, Financial Times

“Eris: New Money, New Opportunities with CBOE Partnership” – Doug Ashburn, John Lothian News

“CBOE Takes Stake in Eris Exchange Holdings” – Julie Aelbrecht, FOW

“Eris and CBOE Team up for Derivatives Solutions” – Helen Bartholomew, International Financing Review

“CBOE Makes Minority Investment in Eris Exchange, Announces Partnership” – Dan DeFrancesco, Waters Technology

“CBOE Takes Minority Stake in Eris, Aims at Product Develoment” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives

“CBOE Takes Equity Stake in Eris Exchange, Announces Product Collaboration” – Renee Caruthers, Fierce Finance IT

“CBOE Holdings Takes Equity Stake in Eris Exchange Holdings” – Options Insider

“CBOE Purchases Stake in Eris Exchange” – Joe Parsons, The Trade

Data King

Last Wednesday, CBOE’s Tom Knorring, Vice President, Business Development, became the 31st inductee into the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame.  Throughout his nearly four-decade career at CBOE, Tom has played an instrumental role in the development, management and expansion of CBOE’s market data services.  We’d again like to say congratulations Tom.

“Hall of Fame: CBOE’s Tom Knorring, ‘The Mathematician’ – Melanie Wold, Waters Technology


VIX FIX – Janet Speaks

Stocks defied talks of a correction this week, extending gains that could be seen across several key market indicators.   The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) declined a bit each day this week,  resting near the 13 mark at the time of this writing, while the market continues its trek upward.  Speaking at Harvard University on Friday afternoon, Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested that a rate hike may be forthcoming in the months ahead, possibly as soon as June.  The VIX Index popped slightly after the news, before retreating again.  Could this pop be a signal for a volatile week ahead?

“More Turmoil Ahead? Rate Hikes Back On Table, Bringing Choppy Action” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes

“Love Affair With American Low-Volatility ETFs Turning Torrid” – Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg

“Why the So-Called ‘Fear Index’ Could Stop the Fed” – Annie Pei, CNBC

“BlackRock Strategist Says VIX Should Rise to Low-to Mid -20s by Fall” – Reuters

“What Do the Charts Say About Sentiment? “ – Timothy Collins, Real Money

“Volatility Update: Are Traders Bracing For Higher Volatility?” – Frederic Ruffy, The Ticker Tape

“Wednesday Higher as VIX Continues to Look Lower” –