Rick Rosenthal

Rick Rosenthal is Director, Business Development FTSE Russell Index for CBOE, and actively promoting the use of the FTSE Russell Index products to all market participants. Previously, he served institutional clients and their activities from various Chicago exchange floors owning a FINRA Broker Dealer as well as Head of Listed Equity Derivatives for Dean Witter and Cargill Investor Services. Rick was a FINRA broker for over 30 years and held the series 3, 4, 7, 24, 55, 63, & 66 licenses and holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa.

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Trump Victory = Divergence Between U.S. & Emerging Equity Markets

Emerging market equities lead the charge in 2016 until Tuesday’s U.S. Presidential election.  Donald Trump’s victory altered that course as the markets react to potential changes in global trade.  Within the past two days, S&P 500 moves towards it’s 52-week high (2,193.81) and the FTSE Emerging Index declined by 5% from its record high from […]






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eVestment adds CBOE Strategy Benchmark Indexes

The following headlines appeared in the trade publications Pension & Investments…. “Hawaii assigns $1.6 billion total to 4 managers for options-based strategies” (March 21, 2016) “South Carolina allocates nearly $1.9 billion to equity options, infrastructure strategies” (April 21, 2016) The rationale for Hawaii and South Carolina’s interest in using options strategies to mitigate risk and […]






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Russell 2000 Index: Re-Pricing Risk

Russell 2000 Index (RUT) Hits a 2016 High The bellwether benchmark for U.S. small-caps, the Russell 2000 Index tracks the performance of U.S. companies that derive most of their revenues domestically. Since the middle of May, as the Russell 2000 Index moved to its year’s high (1190.17) on June 8th.  In comparison to the S&P […]






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Rising Volatility on China?

With the recent launch of cash-settled options on FTSE China 50 Mini-Index (Ticker: FXTM), traders have an opportunity to express a view on the Chinese market or movement in volatility is available. Based on 50 of the largest and most liquid Chinese stocks (H Shares, Red Chips, and P Chips) trading in Hong Kong, cash-settled […]






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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

When shopping for shoes there’s a need to know what size to purchase or I suppose one could say whatever comes close. Performances between the U.S. small-cap and large-cap indexes have been quite different so far in 2016.  The small-cap as measured by the Russell 2000® Index (RUT) is down -14.66% compared to the large-cap […]






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Recession or No Recession?

U.S. small companies that derive the majority of their revenues within the U.S. are somewhat insulated from the gyrations of the Chinese market and oil prices crumbling. As a barometer for U.S. Small-cap companies, the Russell 2000® Index is down -12.24% year-to-date (based on close 1/20/16). According to Bloomberg’s latest Monthly Survey Table of U.S. […]






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CBOE Russell 2000 Strategy Benchmark Indexes Outperform Russell 2000® Index

Improving risk-adjusted returns and enhancing yields are common guidelines for using options-based strategies.  The CBOE recently added 5 new CBOE Russell 2000 strategy benchmark indexes to a line-up now totaling 26 based on a variety of underlying indexes. By design each CBOE strategy benchmark index offers a unique risk/reward characteristic providing investors with the flexibility […]






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Russell 2000® Index Options (RUT) – “Weeklys” New PM-settled Expirations

The Russell 2000® Index (RUT) Weeklys options are listed to provide expiration opportunities every week. Weeklys are typically listed on Thursdays and expire on Fridays, provided that such expirations were not previously listed (i.e. Weeklys are not listed if they would expire on a 3rd Friday or if a Quarterly option would expire on the […]






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CBOE Launches 5 New Strategy Benchmark Indexes on Russell® 2000 Index

Monday marked the launch of 5 Strategy Benchmark Indexes based on the Russell 2000 Index.  Created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, these options based strategies have been used previously as risk management and yield-enhancing tools. CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index (PUTR) The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index is designed to track the performance of […]