The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/10/2014

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.

Trading Volatility: It’s Just The Beginning
Volatility trading continues to gain traction among market participants.  In a post-Risk Management Conference interview, Paul Stephens, CBOE Vice President and Department Head, Institutional and International Marketing, talks about volatility’s emergence as an asset class, along with new product development at CBOE.

“We’re Still in the Early Stages of Volatility as an Asset Class” — Jack Stannard, Structured Retail

VIX Refresh
On Monday, October 6, the CBOE Volatility Index began to include S&P 500 Index (SPX) Weeklys options in its calculations.

“Weekly Options Hit the VIX” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

Volatility Roller Coaster
Continued geopolitical turmoil this week caused the VIX Index to climb higher, creeping up to 22 earlier today.

“VIX Shoots to Eight-Month High in Selloff as Bears Reclaim Edge” – Callie Bost, Oliver Renick and Joseph Ciolli, Bloomberg

“Volatility Update: Here Comes the Earnings Parade” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes

“Volatility Futures Broaden Appeal” – Markets Media

“Surging VIX Shakes Bulls as S&P 500 Charts Go Haywire: Options” – Joseph Ciolli, Callie Bost and Oliver Renick, Bloombeg

“Volatility Looks Like Brush Fire Not Forest Fire to RBC” – Michael P. Regan, Bloomberg

Risky Business
During these volatile times, S&P 500 Index (SPX) options can be a valuable tool in reducing risk, says the Options Industry Council.

“A Hedge That Helps Stock Investors Stay in the Game”– Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

October is the time for frights, ghouls and nightmares…. and we’re not just talking about Halloween.  Historically, some of the scariest market crashes have occurred in October.  Should investors be scared this year?

“Fear: The New Value Stock” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

“It’s October: How Scared Should You Be?” – Chana R. Schoenberger, The Wall Street Journal