Author Archives: Matt Moran

TABB – Buy-side is Expanding Use of VIX-related Options

TABB Group recently issued a buy-side trading study, “US Options Trading 2012: Standing Out in the Crowd,” written by Mr. Andy Nybo. For this year’s 39-page study, TABB noted that it spoke with 54 US-based asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms, which as a group, manage an aggregate $2.7 trillion in assets under […]

VIX Futures Volume is Up 67% This Year

Average daily volume for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose in the first half of this year to 79,586 (67% higher than the average daily volume in the year 2011).  www.cboe.com/VIX   VIX OPTIONS  Average daily volume for VIX options was 428,220 in the first half of 2012.   NEW FUTURES ON THE […]

Is Volatility of Volatility Unusually High?

After reading news reports the past few weeks about the Eurozone crisis, one might get the impression that the volatility of volatility is unusually high.   A key measure of volatility of volatility is the CBOE VIX of VIX Index (ticker VVIX, www.cboe.com/VVIX ) which is designed to measure the expected future volatility of the CBOE Volatility […]

VIX Futures Record Volume Day, as VIX Options Put/Call Ratio Rises to 1.3

On June 18 the trading volume in futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) established a new single-day record today as 159,744 contracts traded, eclipsing the previous record of 152,067 contracts on August 5, 2011. Also on June 18 the daily put/call ratio for VIX options rose to 1.3, its highest daily level since May […]

Tail Risk Protection to be Discussed at 3-Day Conference in Ireland

Tail risk protection will be one of the many topics to be discussed at CBOE’s inaugural Risk Management Conference (RMC) in Europe. Now in its 28th year in the U.S., the first RMC Europe will be held on 5 – 7 September 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow, Ireland. The conference agenda and registration […]

The VIX Term Structure and Launch of SPX Extended Weekly

Investors often are interested in risk management and volatility expectations over different time periods.   Below is an overview of the VIX term structure, and an update on the launch of SPX Extended Weekly options. 1. VIX TERM STRUCTURE The VIX® term structure illustrates, by maturity, expectations of market volatility conveyed by S&P 500 (SPX) stock […]

Several Volatility Indexes Rose More Than 35% Last Month

Several volatility indexes (including VXGOG, VIX, OVX, VXN, VXEEM, and GVZ) rose more than 35% last month www.cboe.com/volatility The S&P 500 Index (TR) declined by 6% in May. The BXM and PUT Indexes took in premium that helped cushion their downside moves in May. www.cboe.com/benchmarks * Please note that indexes are not directly investable. Options […]

VIX-related Instruments to be Discussed at Three Events in New York

Next week VIX-related benchmark indexes and investable instruments will be discussed at three events in New York: Tuesday, April 24th – NY QWAFAFEW event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 40 E. 43rd St. 6:20 p.m. presentation on “Tail Risk Management, The VIX®, and Benchmark Indexes” http://bit.ly/NY-Qwa-VIX Wednesday, April 25th – Capital Link Forum begins at […]

Options on OVX Index Launch Tuesday, April 10th – Risk Management and Implied Volatility for Options on Oil Fund

On Tuesday April 10th CBOE is launching trading of options on the CBOE Crude Oil ETF Volatility Index (ticker – OVX), a key measure of the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility of crude oil prices that applies the VIX® methodology to United States Oil Fund (USO) options spanning a wide range of strike prices. www.cboe.com/ovx […]

New VVIX Index Measures the Volatility of Volatility

Bonita Springs, Fla., March 14, 2012 – Today CBOE introduced the new “VIX of VIX® Index (ticker: VVIX(SM)). www.cboe.com/VVIX The new VIX of VIX Index tracks the expected volatility of the CBOE Volatility Index® (the VIX® Index), the world’s most widely-followed market volatility index. VVIX reflects the market’s consensus of expected volatility of the 30-day […]

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