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Gauges for Tools for Portfolio Protection – VIX, SPX, SKEW, and Term Structure – By Matt Moran

Nov. 17, 2014 – When I deliver presentations on portfolio risk management to groups of financial professionals, one of the most frequent questions is “What is a better hedge for a portfolio – VIX calls or SPX puts?” A 30-page paper by Morgan Stanley in June 2014 suggested that “VIX calls are best used to […]

Futures on Interest Rate Volatility Index (VXTYN) To Launch on Nov. 13 – By Matt Moran

Nov. 6, 2014 – A CBOE Holdings press release today noted that CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) will launch futures trading on the CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index (VXTYN) on Thursday, November 13. Futures on the VXTYN Index offer customers a way to hedge pure interest rate volatility risk based on U.S. government debt […]

October Recap – Biggest One-Day Changes – VXTYN Up 22.3%; VXEWZ Down 46.2%; VXST Up 48.2% – By Matt Moran

This past month was one of the most volatile months of the past three years, as the CBOE Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) rose 48.2% on October 9, and the CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEWZ) hit its all-time daily closing high of 72.83 on October 20 (before the re-election of Dilma Rousseff as President of […]

Options Average Daily Volume Up This Month – 1.3 Million for SPX and 1 Million for VIX – By Matt Moran

I recently showed a chart with the yearly growth in volume in options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) to a senior executive at a financial services firm, and the executive said that the VIX options volume strong growth in recent years was hard for him to believe, in light of the fact that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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