The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/31/2015

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.

VIX Weeklys Options Are Coming
Following the successful launch of VIX Weeklys futures, CBOE has announced plans to list VIX Weeklys options beginning October 8th, offering market participants more opportunities to trade VIX.  Weeklys offer investors short-term protection, as well as the ability to fine-tune the timing of their trades.

“CBOE Set to List VIX Options with Weekly Expirations” – Maria Nikolova, LeapRate

New Benchmarks Track Options-Based Strategy Performance
CBOE has announced plans to introduce 10 new options-based strategy performance benchmark indexes that highlight the long-term utility of options as risk management and yield enhancing investment tools.  Dissemination of index values will begin this Monday.  For more information, visit

“CBOE Releases Details on Raft of New Performance Indices” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives

“New Appeal for BXM Index and Buy-Write Strategies in 2015” – Matt Moran, CBOE Options Hub

“Traders Score With Buy-Write Options Strategy Tuned to U.S. Calm” – Callie Bost, Bloomberg

Options Education Goes Abroad
CBOE Options Institute, the exchange’s world-renown educational arm, is joining forces with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as demand for education in options and volatility products in Asia continues to increase.  Launching in the fourth quarter of 2015, “The CBOE Options Institute at SGX” will be dedicated to engaging Asian investors in the effective use of options and volatility strategies to manage risk.

“SGX, CBOE partner on options trading education” – Maria Nikolova, LeapRate

“CBOE, SGX Team Up For Options Institute” – Robert McGlinchey, EQ Derivatives

The VIX Index has remained close to record lows over the past couple of weeks, reflecting some complacency in the market.  Could this be the calm before the storm?

“Volatility Index Offers Share Investors False Sense of Calm” – Philip Baker, Financial Review

“Why Isn’t the VIX Higher?” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Watch Out, Volatility is Set to Spike: Trader” – Stephanie Yang, CNBC

“What To Make of the Cheapest ‘Overbought’ VIX In Years” – Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Commodities Washout Cranks Up Bearish Stock Tone Ahead Of Fed Meeting” – JJ Kinahan, Forbes