Cboe Global Markets

VIX® Index Options

Turn Volatility to Your Advantage

Cboe VIX options enable market participants to hedge portfolio volatility risk distinct from market price risk and trade based on their view of the future direction or movement of volatility.

Beginning November 21, 2021, trade VIX options nearly 24 hours a day, five days a week during extended global trading hours.

Historical Performance for the VIX Index

Making Sense of the VIX Index:
An Indicator of Expected Market Volatility

Trading VIX Options

Monthly and weekly expirations in VIX options are available and trade during U.S. regular trading hours and during a limited global trading hours session (2:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. CT). Additionally, the VIX Index is calculated and disseminated overnight, providing market participants with real-time volatility information whenever news breaks.

Settlement of VIX Derivatives

The VIX Index settlement process is patterned after the process used to settle A.M.-settled S&P 500 Index options. The final settlement value for Volatility Derivatives is determined on the morning of their expiration date (usually a Wednesday) through a Special Opening Quotation ("SOQ") of the VIX Index. By providing market participants with a mechanism to buy and sell SPX options at the prices that are used to calculate the final settlement value for Volatility Derivatives, the VIX Index settlement process is "tradable."

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The Cboe Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) is considered by many to be the world's premier barometer of equity market volatility. The VIX Index is based on real-time prices of options on the S&P 500® Index (SPX) and is designed to reflect investors' consensus view of future (30-day) expected stock market volatility. The VIX Index is often referred to as the market's "fear gauge".

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