The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/17/15

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: A Global Company
To better serve CBOE’s growing international client base, the company has promoted Andy Lowenthal to lead its Business Development for CBOE, CFE, and Livevol, who will focus on its expanding global client services.

“CBOE’s Andy Lowenthal to lead business development for CBOE, CFE, LIVEVOL” – Hedgeweek

“CBOE’s Lowenthal Adds VIX, LiveVol Duties” – Waterstechnology

As previously announced, CBOE will launch VIX futures Weeklys contracts on  July 23rd.  The new Weeklys product offers investors more opportunities to use VIX as a hedging tool for event-driven trading purposes and for portfolio protection.

“Weekly VIX options the newest way to trade volatility” – Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Reuters

“VIX Weeklys set for launch” – Mike Kentz, International Financing Review

VIX Heats Up With Summer
The beginning of July brought volatile markets and higher volatility, causing the VIX Index to skyrocket over the 20 mark before plunging this week to simmer around the 12 level.  Does this suggest market complacency or more volatility storms to come?

“VIX Option Volume Skyrockets” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Did The VIX-Plosion Turn The Market Complacent?” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Fear not- VIX signaling all clear for stocks: Strategist” – Amanda Diaz, CNBC

“Herd Mentality in U.S. Stocks Is Making for Wilder Rides in VIX” – Callie Bost, Bloomberg

“Could We See A VIX Rerun?” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Wild intraday swings in US volatility index becoming the norm” – Callie Bost, AFR Weekend

“July and the VIX weigh heavily on the S&P”- Simon Maierhofer