CHICAGO, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®) today announced that it plans to list options with weekly expirations on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) beginning Thursday, October 8, 2015.
The listing of VIX Weeklys options adds another tool to an array of long- and short-term trading strategies that can be executed on the VIX Index, the world's premier benchmark of equity market volatility. The launch of VIX Weeklys options follows that of VIX Weeklys futures, which were introduced at the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE®) on July 23.
"We received strong interest from our customers in short-term VIX trading, and the initial response to VIX Weeklys futures has been positive. We look forward to building on that favorable response with the upcoming launch of VIX Weeklys options," said CBOE Holdings CEO Edward T. Tilly. "VIX Weeklys are a natural extension and complement to standard VIX options and futures and provide investors with additional opportunities to trade the world's most widely followed measure of market volatility."
The VIX Index is based on real-time prices of options on the S&P 500® Index (SPX) and is designed to reflect investors' consensus expectations for 30-day stock market volatility. Standard VIX futures and options expire monthly. Weekly VIX options expirations will offer convergence to the VIX cash index four to five times per month, instead of once a month.
The closer VIX options get to expiration, the more they tend to track the underlying VIX Index. Contracts with weekly expirations allow investors to implement more targeted buying, selling, spreading and hedging strategies. In general, Weeklys are growing in popularity industrywide because they offer investors the ability to fine-tune their positions.
CBOE may list up to six consecutive weekly expirations for VIX options and futures.
New weekly expirations for VIX futures and options are listed on Thursdays (excluding holidays) and expire on Wednesdays. Like VIX Weeklys futures, the VIX Weeklys options will be available during regular and extended trading hours. For more information on VIX Weeklys futures and options, go to www.cboe.com/VIXWeeklys/.
Certain information contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties.
CBOE, the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options and volatility trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE Holdings offers equity, index and ETP options, including proprietary products, such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX Index). Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, Weeklys options, LEAPS options, FLEX options, and benchmark products such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE Holdings is home to the world-renowned Options Institute and www.cboe.com, the go-to place for options and volatility trading resources.
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