The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/17/2014

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.

VIX Index Soaring
October is embracing its reputation as the most volatile month on the calendar with the VIX Index reaching levels not seen in several years.

“Doubt Volatility Is Here to Stay? Just Look at the VIX”- Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ Money Beat

“‘Fear Gauge’ Hits New Highs as Dow Jones Industrial Average Plummets” – Andrea Kramer, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“CBOE Volatility Index Shows Fears in Financial Markets Highest Since 2012” – Josie Cox, The Wall Street Journal

“The VIX is at a critical level”- Amanda Diaz, Yahoo – CNBC Video

“Volatility Trade Obsesses Market as VIX Note Does $6.5B” – Inyoung Hwang and Sofia Horta e Costa, Bloomberg

Trading Volumes Surging
The recent uptick in volatility has caused a surge in options trading activity.  CBOE has experienced seven consecutive days of over seven million contracts traded, including 10.6 million contracts traded on Wednesday, just shy of the all-time record

“U.S. Options Volume at Highest Since 2011 as Volatility Soars” – Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Reuters

“Why the Stock Market’s Scary Ride is a Win for Chicago Exchanges” – Lynne Marek, Crain’s Chicago Business

“U.S. Listed Options Volume Surges on Apple iPhone 6 Launch, Alibaba IPO and Return of Volatility” – Andy Nybo, Tabb Forum

“CBOE Holdings’ Exchanges Set Several Trading Records on October 15” –

More Volatility on the Horizon? 
Is the long run of low volatility coming to an end?  The options market has been bracing for more volatility.  Investors can do the same.

“U.S. Options Market Set for More Downside in Stocks”- Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Reuters

“The Next Market Crash: How to Prepare for It” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

Fox Business Video
“What’s behind the latest spike in market volatility?” – Michael Palmer and Todd Horwitz,