Matt Moran

Matt Moran

Matt Moran is vice president of business development for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he communicates with pension funds, mutual funds, and financial advisors. He has delivered more than 200 presentations worldwide on the topics of managing volatility and adding income with option-writing strategies. Previously, he served trust counsel at Harris Bank and vice president at Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is an associate editor of two Institutional Investor publications — The Journal of Trading and The Journal of Index Investing. Mr. Moran holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois.

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Five Volatility Indexes Rose More Than 30% Today, As Worldwide Stocks and Oil Prices Fell on News Out of Greece

In the past couple of days, news out of Greece regarding capital capital controls and bank closings had a worldwide negative impact on stock and oil prices, while five of CBOE’s volatility indexes rose more than 30%, and volume in VIX futures soared to an estimated 415,000 contracts. After news about the closures of Greek […]






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All-time Record Daily Closing Highs Today for BXY, BXM, PUT, BXR, BXN and LOVOL Indexes

Six CBOE strategy benchmark indexes all hit all-time record daily closing highs today (June 22) – 1559.33 BXY – CBOE S&P 500 2% OTM BuyWrite 1527.39 PUT – CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index 1140.06 BXM – CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index 459.22                   BXN – CBOE Nasdaq BuyWrite Index 218.42                   BXR – CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite […]






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Record Volume Today in ETH Session for VIX Options

Yesterday (June 15) the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose to its monthly closing high of 15.39, and earlier today in the June 16 Extended Trading Hours (ETH) sessions, the estimated trading volumes during ETH were 30,920 for VIX futures (the high for the month), and 6,984 for VIX options (the all-time record high).   CBOE Holdings […]






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CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index (BXR) Hits All-time High

On Wednesday, June 3, the CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index (BXR) hit an all-time daily closing high of 215.96. The BXR is a benchmark index that measures the performance of a theoretical portfolio that sells Russell 2000 Index (RUT) call options, against a portfolio of the stocks included in the Russell 2000 Index. A “buy-write,” […]

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PUT Index Hits All-time Daily Closing High, with Less Volatility Than “Traditional” Indexes

On Thursday, May 14, the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUTSM) closed at 1503.46, its highest all-time daily close.  PUT is an award-winning benchmark index that measures the performance of a hypothetical portfolio that sells S&P 500® Index (SPX) put options against collateralized cash reserves held in a money market account.  The daily historical data […]






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$3.7 Trillion in A.U.M. Tracks EAFE and E.M. Indexes, as First-ever Index Options Launch

On Tuesday April 21 CBOE launched its first-ever trading in cash-settled options on two MSCI indexes – the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) and the MSCI EAFE Index (MXEA). Options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI EAFE Index are designed to enable investors to efficiently hedge and manage their non-U.S. equity portfolio […]