The Weekly Options News Roundup – 11/7/2014

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.

Options Education: There’s An App For That 
CBOE, a leader in options and volatility trading education, continues to expand its education offerings with the launch of “CBOE Mobile” — a new options education application for iPhone and iPad users.  The app can be downloaded free in the iTunes App Store at:

“CBOE Introduces New Options App for iOS Users” – CBOE Press Release

“CBOE Releases New State-of-the-Art ‘CBOE Mobile’ Options Application for iPhone and iPad Users” – Mike Fox,

“CBOE Launches Options App for iPhone and iPad” – Finextra

CBOE Bringing VIX to the Interest Rate Market
On Thursday, November 13, futures on the CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index (VXTYN) will begin trading on the CBOE Futures Exchange.  The latest addition to CBOE’s suite of volatility products, futures on the VXTYN Index offer customers a way to hedge pure interest rate volatility risk based on U.S. government debt with a single product for the first time.

“CBOE Futures Exchange To Launch CBOE/CBOT 10-Year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index Futures Next Week” – CBOE Press Release

“CBOE/CBOT to Launch 10-yr US Treasury Note Volatility Index Futures” – FTSE Global Markets

VIX Leveling Off
Living up to its reputation as the most volatile month of the year, October did not disappoint.  The CBOE Volatility Index spiked from 15 to 31 to 14, while the Dow posted triple digit swings.  The first week of November has seen the VIX Index level off.  So, are investors calm?

“Falling Volatility: Bullish for Stocks” – Jim Strugger, Barron’s

“Fear Gauges Fall Back to Pacified Levels” – Financial Times

Options Protection
With the recent escalation in market turbulence, investors have turned to options to help  mitigate volatility and manage risk.

“Record Index Options Volume in October Reflects Demand for Risk Management Tools” – Matt Moran, CBOE Options Hub

“Improving Portfolio Returns With Options” – Mark Sebastian, Quant Forum

“Options Spike with October Volatility” – Andrew Wilkinson