The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/5/2014

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. 2.0
CBOE recently introduced a newly enhanced website that offers easier navigation and search capabilities, updated and revised educational content and a responsive design that optimizes desktop, mobile phone and table viewing.  Check out all its features at

“CBOE Revamps Website” – Finextra

“The VXTYN is a Fear Gauge of Interest Rates”
Last month, CBOE Futures Exchange launched trading of futures on the CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index (VXTYN Index), changing the game when it comes to hedging interest rates.  CBOE’s John Angelos discusses some of the mechanics and potential users of this new product.

“Trading Bond Volatility” – Steve Marlin, Markets Media

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like VIXmas
The VIX Index seems to be forecasting a calmer market as we approach the holidays.  Hovering around 12, it’s offering investors the gift of lowered volatility.  This sentiment is also echoed by increased activity in VIX put options activity…. but will it really be a Silent Night?

“VIX Shunned as Few Bumps Seen for S&P 500 at Year’s End” – Callie Bost, Bloomberg

“Should We Fear the Fear Index?” – Abigail Stevenson,

“Volatility Goes Into Hibernation” – Ron DeLegge, ThinkAdvisor

“Low Volatility Ahead? VIX Put Options See Heightened Activity” – Saumya Vaishampayan, Wall Street Journal

One Year Old and Here’s to Many More
In November 2013, CBOE launched futures contracts on the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX).  Russell Investments’ Pat Fay discusses the rising interest in small cap stocks and the performance of RVX.

VIDEO:  “Small Caps Coming Up Big: Russell’s Pay Fay on the One-Year Anniversary of the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index” – John Lothian News

Looking for Volatility? Try Gold and Oil  
While volatility in equities has remained subdued, the gold and oil markets have been a very different story.   The CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) increased 19% over the past week, as turbulence hits the precious metals market, and the CBOE Crude Oil ETF Volatility Index (OVX) has doubled since the beginning of the year.

“Gold ETF Volatility Soars as Dollar, Oil Tame Inflation: Options” – Callie Bost, Bloomberg

“No Surprise Here: Gold ETF Volatility Jumps – Tom Lydon, ETF Trends

“How Long Can Stocks Ignore Spiking Oil Volatility?”– Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Commodity Swings Could Trigger Higher VIX Readings” – Chris Dieterich, Barron’s