The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/8/2014

The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets.

Lollapalooza has wrapped up for another year, and although the stages have come down and the crowds are gone, the beats are still rockin’ on in Chicago.  Here’s this week’s Options News Roundup, or should we say, Optionspalooza….

We Will Rock You
The options market continued its chant from the famous song by Queen, rocking and rolling with a surge in volume and a new single-day trading record for VIX, while statistics released this week by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) show that global equity trading volume rose 10% during the first half of 2014.

“Futures Exchange has busiest day in history” – Emily Perryman, hedgeweek

“Massive trade shows market fear and loathing” – Alex Rosenberg, CNBC

“Strong Recovery of Equity Trading Volumes on Global Exchanges” – Ivy Schmerken, Wall Street and Technology

The Real Slim Shady
Despite a dip in the Dow and a spike in the VIX, billions of dollars continued to flow into exchange traded funds this week.  Although some corners of Wall Street are becoming more cautious, most investors, like Lolla headliner Eminem, are “Not Afraid.”

“U.S. ETF Inflows of $23 Billion at Risk as VIX Rises 34% – Callie Bost and Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg

All Eyez on Me…The VIX, That Is
On August 2, the “All Eyez on Me” album by the late Tupac became certified diamond, selling more than ten million copies.  The album, originally recorded in 1996, is resurrecting his work. After weeks of hovering near record lows, the VIX surged this week and investors are watching.  In fact, the VIX has gotten the attention of the Federal Reserve and was referenced for the first time in the minutes of their June meeting.

“Fed Gets Hip to the VIX” – Steven M. Sears – Barron’s

“VIX Finally Getting Some Respect” – Benzinga 

RMC Does U2
It will be a “Beautiful Day” on September 3 when the CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe kicks off in Ireland, with top institutional derivatives and volatility traders gathering in Dublin.  While Bono knows the VIX moves in “Mysterious Ways,” he will not be one of the keynote speakers.

“CBOE Risk Management Conference Returns To Europe September 3-5” – mondovisione