CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) plans to expand trading hours for CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index) futures to virtually 24 hours from eight hours beginning sometime in 2013, CBOE Holdings Chairman and CEO William J. Brodsky announced today at the CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe near Dublin, Ireland. VIX Index futures will be the first contract traded on a CBOE Holdings exchange with around-the-clock access, five days a week, pending regulatory approval.
CFE also plans to establish a London hub next year, with CFE network equipment housed in a London data center. The hub will provide European firms with a cost-efficient way to send and receive CFE data and to execute trades on the exchange.
"Our customers have access to the most comprehensive array of volatility products in the world, and we continually work to create new, more flexible ways for them to trade these products. Around-the-clock hours for VIX Index futures and a CFE London hub offer the ultimate in flexibility," Brodsky said.
The 24-hour session will accommodate investment banks, proprietary trading firms, hedge funds, Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) and issuers of exchange traded products that want to establish or offset VIX Index futures positions, with few time limitations. Trading volume in the current early-morning VIX Index futures session – 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Central Time -- now constitutes five percent of VIX Index futures trading volume and as much as eight percent under highly volatile conditions.
Though CFE has not yet established a launch date for the new VIX Index futures hours, the exchange's technology team is currently working to put the new hours in place. "We are fortunate that CBOE Command, our state-of-the-art trade engine technology, was developed totally in house. Because we control our own technology, we can program our systems to adapt to different product types and market models, upgrade capacity requirements – and now, institute substantially expanded VIX Index futures hours -- to accommodate our customers," Brodsky told RMC attendees.