Matt Moran

Vice President
CBOE
Biography
Matthew T. Moran is Vice President, Business Development, for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and is responsible for many of the exchange's business development efforts relating to pension funds, mutual funds, and other institutional investors. He had a leadership role in developing and marketing the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) and the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT), both of which received the annual Most Innovative Benchmark Index award. Mr. Moran also has served as Trust Counsel at Harris Bank and as Vice President at Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Trading and The Journal of Index Investing, and is on the advisory board of The Journal of Indexes. He is a licensed attorney-at-law who has received M.B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Illinois.

Author Archives: Matt Moran

VXEWZ Index at All-time High of 72.83 As Brazilian Election Nears – By Matt Moran

Oct. 20, 2014 – Today’s closing price was an all-time daily closing high of 72.83 for the CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEWZ), which reflects the implied volatility of the EWZ ETF. Futures and options on the VXEWZ Index provide investors with tools to manage exposure to Brazil, the EWZ ETF, and related volatility. A […]

VIX Index Rises 73% As New Volume Records Are Set – By Matt Moran

Oct. 15, 2014 — The S&P 500® (SPX) Index declined by 5.4% and the VXST Index rose 113.3%. over the past week, and many investors are looking for havens to help protect their portfolios from left tail risk. . RECORD VOLUME TODAY Since early this month, there have been dramatic increases in trading volume in […]

This Week VXST Index Rose 58.4% and VIX Index Rose 46% – By Matt Moran

This week the CBOE Short-Term Volatility Index rose 58.4%, the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose 46%, and the S&P 500 Index fell 3.3%. More investors are looking to use volatility-based products to diversify and manage risk in their portfolios, as the preliminary estimates for the Oct. 10 (Friday) trading volumes were 1.56 million for S&P […]

VIX Spot Index to Include SPX Weekly Options Beginning Oct. 6 – By Matt Moran

Beginning Monday, October 6, 2014, CBOE will calculate the spot value of the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) using S&P 500® Index (SPX) options with weekly and standard 3rd Friday expirations that more closely bracket the 30-day target timeframe. While this change is not expected to have a dramatic impact on the spot VIX Index (see […]

Extended Trading Hours Volume at Record High So Far This Month – By Matt Moran

CBOE will host the 3rd Annual Risk Management Conference Europe on September 3 – 5 at the beautiful Powerscourt Hotel in Ireland. I anticipate that one of the main topics at the conference will be – how can investors manage risk around the clock, especially during non-US trading hours? CBOE has positive developments to report […]

12 Key Stats Re: VIX Index — By Matt Moran

In the recent August 16 Striking Price column in Barron’s, Steven Sears authored a piece entitled “A New Vision of VIX” that noted – “Over the past 21 years, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, has emerged as one of Wall Street’s most watched sentiment indicators. … Krag “Buzz” Gregory, a Goldman strategist, found that […]

VXST Futures and VIX Index Both Rose More Than 26% Today – By Matt Moran

July 31, 2014 — In a July 26 piece that now looks as if it could be rather prescient, in last weekend’s Barron’s Striking Price Column, Steve Sears wrote — “BlackRock, the world’s largest asset-management firm, is telling clients that equity-options volatility is now the last cheap asset class in the financial market. With the […]

VIX Rose 32% on Thursday, as VIX Futures Now Offered Round-the-Clock – By Matt Moran

On Thursday the world experienced unsettling news as a plane was shot down in Ukraine, and there was violence in the Gaza Strip. There continues to be strong futures and options trading activity related to the recent rise in volatility indexes at CBOE. Long futures and long call options positions in volatility indexes are used […]

PUT Index Rose 1510% (with Lower Volatility) Over 28 Years — By Matt Moran

A 2013 paper by BlackRock on “VIX Your Portfolio – Selling Volatility to Improve Performance” noted that – “A strategy that systematically sells volatility on a diversified equity index should capture a positive risk premium over long horizons because it is similar to selling insurance.” One of the strategies highlighted by the paper was the […]

Mid-year Update: VPD Index is Up 7.6% Y-T-D, as SPX Historic Volatility Falls to 6.2 – By Matt Moran

JUNE 30, 2014 – As we reach the half-way point in 2014, here is an update on some key investment and volatility-related topics – 1. BENCHMARK INDEXES. In the first half of 2014, the CBOE VIX Premium Strategy Index (VPD) rose 7.6%. The VPD Index tracks the performance of a strategy that systematically sells 1-month […]

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