The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/23/2015

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.

Building on the Momentum
By any measure, 2014 was a successful year for CBOE, as the exchange experienced record trading volume, expanded its product line, broadened access to its marketplace and continued to enhance its educational efforts.  CBOE looks to build on this momentum in 2015.

“CBOE Reports Record Trading Volume, New FX Volatility Indexes” – Kira Brecht, Options City Blog

Buy Write, Buy Right
Last week, CBOE released a groundbreaking new study — “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs.”  The study analyzed SEC-regulated investment companies and closed-end funds that focus on use of exchange-listed options for portfolio management.

“Options-Based Funds Multiply” – Markets Media

All Quiet on the VIXstern Front
Now that the shock waves from the Swiss franc have subsided, the VIX has retreated to below 16 today.

“S&P 500 Volatility Streak Longest Since ’12 as 1% Moves Multiply” – The Business Times

“Growing Risk Aversion Unmatched by Volatility: Chart of the Day”– David Wilson, Bloomberg

Giving Back to the Community
For the past 16 years, CBOE has proudly partnered with Working in the Schools (WITS), an organization that promotes literacy and the love of reading by providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring.  Each week, CBOE staff volunteer their time to tutor Chicago Public School students.

“Nonprofit Program Works to Improve CPS Students’ Reading Skills” – Bryce Gray, Chicago Sun-Times

Round of Applause
Each year, The Options Industry Council bestows the prestigious Sullivan Award to an individual in recognition of the impact they’ve made on the options industry.   This year’s recipient is Professor Robert Whaley, a key contributor to the development of the CBOE Volatility Index.

“The Options Industry Council Announces Robert Whaley to Receive 2015 Sullivan Award” – Press Release, The Options Industry Council