The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/31/14

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.

Volatility Playbook
Volatility in the market has been a constant reality over the past two months with triple-digit swings occurring regularly.  Investors, as a result, are utilizing options as insurance.

“Stocks: How to Play Defense “ – John Wasik, The Wall Street Journal

“How to Play a Chaotic Market” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

“Volatility Sellers of the World Unite and Take Over” – Chris Dieterich, Barron’s

VIX is Calmer…For Now
The CBOE Volatility Index has receded, down from last week’s highs and now hovering around the 14.  However, the wild ride may not be over.  Because of looming economic indicators, the VIX Index levels may be headed higher (again).

“Even As Volatility Continues, Sentiment Indicators Stagnate”- Rick Pendergraft, Moneynews

“Hedge Fund VIX Wagers Tip Toward Turbulence After Selloff” – Callie Bost, Bloomberg

More Volume to Come?
“A Tabb report recently surveyed more than 40 buy-side firms, with 70% expecting their listed futures trading volumes to increase over the next 12 months. This was down to a combination of increasing volatility and shift towards OTC alternatives.”

“Exchange-Traded Derivatives Trading Set to Soar” – Matthew Simon, The Trade

“Q3 Options Volume Hits One Billion Contracts, Tabb Reports”– John D’Antona Jr., Traders Magazine

A Fighting Chance
“Andrzej Fonfara rings opening bell at Chicago Board Options Exchange”