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No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Options

Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at a popular Randolph Street restaurant to share the latest about VSTOXX and  Rival Systems’…

Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley; Hedging Costs Jump in Europe’s Stock Market; Hong Kong plans bigger derivatives role Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley V Ramakrishnan – Bloomberg Data suggests Mexico peso to gain, U.S. two-year swaps to fall; Some assets move in opposite direction of positioning: MS Investors seeking winning strategies across asset classes might want to take a look at how traders are positioned in options markets to get an idea of what’s coming. A Morgan Stanley study of about 20 assets from currencies to Treasuries found traders could earn “significantly above average” returns by looking for what the paper’s authors called extreme positioning. That’s when the gap…

Small Cap Splash: Russell’s Pat Fay Talks About CBOE’s Latest Volatility Contract Interview,Options,Video

Pat Fay

The CBOE Volatility Index futures, or VIX, has been THE most successful futures contract in recent years. With the VIX posting record volumes this year, the exchange and Russell Indexes say now is the time to launch the Russell 2000 Volatility Index futures or RVX. John Lothian News sat down with Russell Investment’s Pat Fay to talk about RVX and its potential, especially versus other indexes like VIX and the European volatility index VSTOXX. Fay says the appetite for a small cap stock volatility futures is strong, especially among money managers looking to incorporate volatility hedges into their portfolios. “Clients…

JLN Options: Options Week in Review Feb. 7, 2013 Newsletter,Options

A “major investor” bought about 100,000 puts on the Financial Select Sector SPDR on Tuesday, which led to an explosion in bearish trading. The puts expire in April and will increase if the fund goes below $16. The bearish bet was a mystery but some speculated that the unknown trader might believe investors are too assured ahead of the sequestration set to take effect March 1, when $1 trillion in spending will be cut from the U.S. budget, Barron’s reported. The wave of trading in SPDR was being reported as put spreads or put buying, but Barron’s pointed out that…