The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/29/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets.

Financial Leaders Unite
Leaders in the financial industry from LaSalle Street to Wall Street have joined together answering the call of the Ice-Bucket Challenge, raising money for ALS Research. CBOE CEO Ed Tilly accepted the challenge issued to him, and accompanied by the CBOE community, raised money for this great cause.

“CBOE’s Ed Tilly Takes ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge” – Ed Tilly, CBOE Options Hub

 VIX: Good For All Occasions
Volatility remained subdued in contrast to stocks, which reached new all-time highs this week.  The CBOE Volatility Index, and VIX options and futures, are very useful tools, even in times of low volatility.

“Our Trade Suggestions, Updated” – Jim Strugger, Barron’s

“Short Sellers Boost Bets Against VIX as Volatility Fades”- Callie Bost, Bloomberg

“When’s The Right Time To Buy Options?” – Brad Zigler, Wealth

“VIX Jump on Ukraine Invasion May Portend Volatility Rise Ahead” – Steven Sears, Barron’s

VIDEO: “Enriching your understanding of VIX and volatility”- Russell Rhoads, CBOE

A Valuable Combination
CBOE Holdings offers innovative products that create value for customers and shareholders alike.  “The options exchange’s stock should benefit further from a revival in volatility in the fall and beyond.”

“Options on CBOE Shares Offer Play on a VIX Pop” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

Options Education = Options Expansion
The use of options by investors has steadily grown over the last several years, with ongoing industry educational efforts cited as one of the main factors.  According to a recently published study by the Options Industry Council,  registered investment advisors, in particular, are expanding their use of options.

“RIAS Expand Options Usage” – Markets Media

“New Study Shows Advisors’ Use of Options Increased 13% Since 2011

Erin go bragh!
The 3rd annual CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe kicks off next Wednesday in Dublin.  Keep up to date on all the happenings at the conference through the live blogs and tweets (#CBOERMC) at