The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/2/2016

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

CBOE RMC Europe’s High 5
rmcCBOE held its 5th annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe in County Wicklow, Ireland earlier this week.  “The Volatility Summit,” as RMC is sometimes affectionately called, was attended by nearly  200 financial professionals.  Sessions covered new CBOE products, discussions of new studies on options-based strategy performance indexes, strategies for managing risk,  enhancing yield and lowering portfolio volatility, and of course, VIX.  For highlights from CBOE RMC Europe, including blogs on sessions and video interviews, visit,

“CBOE RMC Europe: Equity Allocations, Options Key For Challenged” – Robert McGlinchey and Georgia Reynolds, EQ Derivatives

“CBOE RMC Europe: Hybrids Turn Off Some Institutional Investors” – Georgia Reynolds, EQ Derivatives

“New Study Finds Russell 2000 Index Options Benchmarks and Options-Based Funds less Volatile” 
“Three Decades of Options-Based Benchmark Indices with Premium Selling or Buying; A Performance Analysis”

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CurveGlobal Launches
curveAfter much anticipation, CurveGlobal, a new  venue for trading European interest rate futures, backed by the LSEG, dealer banks and CBOE, successfully launched on Monday.  CBOE’s Senior Vice President, Business Development, Andy Lowenthal, represented CBOE at the bell ringing ceremony at the London Stock Exchange (LSEG).

“LSE Curve Sees 500+ Lots Traded on First Day” – Luke Jeffs, FOW

“LSE Sees Curve Trades After Monday’s Launch” – Luke Jeffs, FOW

“LSE and Banks Set to Launch New Derivatives Exchange” – Philip Stafford, Financial Times

VIX FIX: Volatility’s Fright Night
After a series of triple-digit moves this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed  in positive territory for the week.  The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index) spiked above 15 briefly, before receding back to levels around 12.50 Friday afternoon.  Historically, the VIX Index rises during  October during election cycles.  So as the election heats up, in a month known for fright, investors could be in for quite a scare.

“Volatility Hedge Funds Sees Bull Market in Fear as Bets Jump” – Aleksandra Gjorgievska, Bloomberg

“A Misunderstood VIX Trade That Comes With Built-In Safety Cushion” – Simon Maierhofer, Market Watch

“A Power Tool for Traders” – Chris Dieterich, Barron’s

“VIX in October In Election Years” – Peter Tchir, Forbes

“U.S. Options Volume Could Hinge on Greater Election Clarity” – Daniel O’Leary, EQ Derivatives