Record Volume Month for S&P 500 Weeklys, VIX Options and VIX Futures

In the month of January 2014, monthly volume records were established by S&P 500 Weekly options (SPXW), and by both options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®).  SPXW options had average daily volume of 278,537 in January.


SPX Weeklys are PM-settled on the last trading day, typically a Friday. As with other PM-settled index options, the exercise-settlement value is calculated using the last (closing) reported sales price in the primary market of each component stock. On the last trading day, trading in expiring SPX Weeklys closes at 3:00 p.m. (Chicago time). All non-expiring SPX Weeklys continue to trade until 3:15 p.m. (Chicago time).In January 2014 CBOE issued Regulatory Circular RG14-010 re: “Expansion of Number of Expirations Listed in S&P 500 Index Weekly Options (SPXW).” The circular provides that CBOE will list out and maintain six consecutive SPXW expirations at once, not counting the current expiration.  More information on SPXW options, including the current listings and expiration dates, is at


 VIX options average daily volume was a record 791,978 contracts, and VIX futures was a monthly volume record totaling 4.40 million contracts.



Recent volume records are related to big changes in volatility indexes.  The CBOE Short-term Volatility Index (VXST) rose from 9.97 on Jan. 10 to 23.95 on Feb. 3.  The planned launch date for new futures on the VXST is February 13, pendng regulatory review.



Institutional investors who wish to learn more about the SPXW, VIX and VXST contracts are urged to explore the 30th Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference, which will be held March 17-19, 2014, at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Bonita Springs, Florida.

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Matt Moran

Matt Moran is vice president of business development for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he communicates with pension funds, mutual funds, and financial advisors. He has delivered more than 200 presentations worldwide on the topics of managing volatility and adding income with option-writing strategies. Previously,…