The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/27/2015

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.

CBOE Product Innovation
Earlier in the month, CBOE held its annual Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, California, where more than 300 industry professionals gathered to discuss all things VIX.  EQDerivatives’s Peter Thompson caught up with CBOE’s President and COO, Edward Provost to discuss CBOE’s latest product developments.

“Q&A: CBOE’s Provost on LSEG Deal, VIX Weekly Possibility & VXTYN” – Peter Thompson, EQDerivatives

Market Madness (VIX Brackets)
While the NCAA tournament has been bringing bracket madness, the month of March has been supplying market madness.  One of the toughest brackets to pick has been the “volatility regional.”

“The Kentucky (and Cinderellas) of Recent Volatility Plays” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s investment Research

“CBOE Bracketology Round 1 – VXST Index Rose 122.6% in One Week”- Matt Moran, CBOE Options Hub

“If You Fear a Correction, Use VIX ETN as a Hedge” – Nigam Arora, MarketWatch

“Stock Volatility Cools But Other Markets Stay Heated” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes

There’s a VIX For That
Oil has been a hot topic lately, reaching lows not seen in many years.  Investors with exposure to the energy sector are wisely keeping their eyes on the VXXLE.

“A VIX for the Energy Sector” – Reid Steadman, Indexology

Discounted Portfolio Protection
For investors concerned about the high prices of equities, call options, which are trading at 5-year lows, are an investment option worth exploring.

“Keep Calm, Trade on, Buy Calls” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

“Cheap Call Options Are a Better Buy Than Stocks” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s

Power of the Put
Options offer a variety of ways to create portfolio protection.  One star strategy routinely outperforms while offering a less volatile trading environment.  Puts have star power.

“How Put Options Can Improve a Buy-and-Hold Portfolio – Mark Sebastian, Quant Forum