The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/13/2015

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.

A Whole New World
Earlier this week, CBOE announced that its first two MSCI Index options — the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (option ticker: MXEF) and the MSCI EAFE Index (option ticker: MXEA) — will launch on April 21, pending regulatory approval.  Customers will have the opportunity to efficiently gain exposure to global and emerging markets through new CBOE index options products.

“CBOE Sees OTC Flow as Spur To MSCI Options” – Peter Thompson, EQDerivatives
http://bit.ly/1GMUKXu

“CBOE to Launch MSCI Index Options on 21 April” – Leah Cunningham, Hedgeweek
http://bit.ly/1BCcbW6

“Global Reach: CBOE to List MSCI Options, Expand its Index Coverage – Jim Kharouf, John Lothian News
http://bit.ly/1BCcSPd

(London) Bridging the Gap
CBOE recently announced a new partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).  Under the agreement, CBOE will become the exclusive U.S. provider of options on more than two dozen LSEG-owned FTSE and Russell Indexes, significantly expanding CBOE’s index option product line across new asset classes and regions.

“FTSE 100, FTSE EM, China 50 Options Set For U.S. Launch” – Peter Thompson, EQDerivatives
http://bit.ly/18ilPTN

March Market Madness
March came in like a lion, sending stocks higher while the VIX Index went lower.  Market sentiment has seemed to change, with the VIX Index climbing up over 15 this week.  Put protection is getting more expensive – is this forecasting a slowdown for the bull market?

“High ‘Skew’ Doesn’t Always Signal Investor Fear” – Saumya Vaishampayan, The Wall Street Journal
http://on.wsj.com/1GzBfy5

“Wobbly SPX Sectors Attached at the Hip; New Worry for Bulls” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes
http://onforb.es/1EGH939

“How Bulls and Bears Can Use Options to Limit Stock Losses” – Michael Sincere, MarketWatch
http://on.mktw.net/1EhyOAm