The Weekly Options News Roundup – 11/6/2015

The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.

VIX Weeklys: A Better Option for All
The newly launched VIX Weeklys options contracts are off to a strong start, trading an average of 25,000 contracts in October.  Matt Moran, CBOE Vice President of Institutional Marketing, explains why VIX Weeklys contracts are a good option for all VIX players.

“VIX Weeklys Options ADV Tops 25,000 in Frist Month of Trading” – Matt Moran, CBOE Options Hub

“The Good and the Bad of VIX Weekly Options” Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

FIA Expo Chicago
The Futures Industry Association (FIA) held its 31st annual Futures & Options Expo in Chicago this week.  Panelists participating from CBOE included Chief Executive Officer Edward Tilly; Senior Vice President of Business Development, Andy Lowenthal; Vice President of Research, Bill Speth; and CBOE Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Gerry O’Connell.  Some coverage from the week:

“CFTC Plans to Reform Swap Reporting Rules – Massad” – Cian Burke, FOW

“Preuss: Regulators Creating Systemic Risk” – Will Mitting, FOW

“FIA 2015: Exchange Leaders Question Number of Strikes” – Ryan Sachetta, EQ Derivatives

“Futures Exchanges Back the Blockchain” – Tim Cave, Financial News

“Panelists at FIA Conference Debate Regulatory Effects on Treasury Market” – Rick Baert, Pensions & Investments

“Traders Warn on Electronic Trading Rules” – Luke Jeffs, Cian Burke, FOW

MATba Visits CBOE
On Thursday morning, CBOE hosted executives from the Mercado a Término de Buenos Aires November Blog(MATba), the largest agricultural futures and options exchange in South America.  MATba executives met with CBOE staff, toured the trading floor and rang the opening bell.

As autumn settles in, volatility seems to have disappeared, like the leaves from the trees here in the Midwest.  After dramatic spikes of volatility at the end of summer, the VIX Index continues to remain low this fall, sitting at 15.21 this afternoon.  With Thanksgiving swiftly approaching, calmer markets may be one thing to be thankful for.

“VIX Tumbles Back Down to 15%” – David Becker,

“Volatility Uncovered: VIX Ducks Down as Equities Fly” – Georgio Stoev, Saxo Group

“The VIX Keeps Acting Like the…VIX” – Ronald Delegge, Think Advisor

“Calmer Oil Market Aids Equity Rally” – Jamie Chisholm, Financial Times