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The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is now publishing the CBOE Crude Oil Volatility Index (ticker symbol OVX).The OVX, or "Oil VIX," measures the market's expectation of 30-day volatility of crude oil prices by applying the well-known CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) methodology to options on the United States Oil Fund, LP (ticker symbol USO), spanning a wide range of strike prices.Information on OVX will be disseminated daily through CBOE's website, as well as through all major data vendors.


The United States Oil Fund is an exchange-traded security designed to track changes in crude oil prices.By holding near-term futures contracts and cash, the performance of the Fund is intended to reflect, as closely as possible, the spot price of West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude oil, less USO expenses.


CBOE began trading USO options on May 9, 2007.In just over a year, USO options have grown to become one of the most actively traded options contracts, averaging more than 50,000 contracts per day, industry-wide, in the most recent calendar quarter.At CBOE, year-to-date volume through the first six months of 2008 was one million contracts traded.


With the introduction of OVX, the first commodity-based Volatility index, CBOE embarks on the next generation of Volatility benchmarks, extending the Exchange's franchise to new, non-equity asset classes.In the coming months, CBOE plans to develop Volatility indexes based on other commodities (e.g., gold) and foreign currencies.CBOE currently publishes data on nine different Volatility-related benchmarks and strategies, including: the CBOE Volatility Index, which is based on the S&P 500 Index, (VIX), the CBOE DJIA Volatility Index (VXD), the CBOE Nasdaq Volatility Index (VXN), the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX), the CBOE S&P 100 Volatility Index (VXO), the CBOE S&P 500 3-Month Volatility Index (VXV), the CBOE VIX Premium Strategy Index (VPD), the CBOE Capped VIX Premium Strategy Index


Index Components





Strike Price Intervals:

5 points.


Strike Prices:

In-, at- and out-of-the-money strike prices are initially listed. New series are generally added when the underlying trades through the highest or lowest strike price available.


Premium Quote:

Stated in decimals. One point equals $100. The minimum tick for options trading below 3.00 is 0.05 ($5.00) and for all other series, 0.10 ($10.00).


Expiration Date:

Saturday following the third Friday of the expiration month.


Expiration Months:

Generally, up to three near-term months plus up to three additional months from the March quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December).


Exercise Style:

European - OIX options may only be exercised on the last business day before expiration.


Last Trading Day:

Trading in OIX options will ordinarily cease on the business day (usually a Thursday) preceding the day on which the exercise-settlement value is calculated.


Settlement of Option Exercise:

Exercise will result in delivery of cash on the business day following expiration. The CBOE Oil Index exercise-settlement value, OXS, is calculated using the first (opening) reported sales price in the primary market of each component stock on the last business day (usually a Friday) before the expiration date. If a stock in the index does not open on the day on which the exercise-settlement value is determined, the last reported sales price in the primary market will be used in calculating the exercise-settlement value. The exercise-settlement amount is equal to the difference between the exercise-settlement value and the exercise price of the option, multiplied by $100.


Position and Exercise Limits:

The position and exercise limits are 24,000 contracts on the same side of the market.*



Purchases of puts or calls with 9 months or less until expiration must be paid for in full. Writers of uncovered puts or calls must deposit / maintain 100% of the option proceeds* plus 20% of the aggregate contract value (current index level x $100) minus the amount by which the option is out-of-the-money, if any, subject to a minimum for calls of option proceeds* plus 10% of the aggregate contract value and a minimum for puts of option proceeds* plus 10% of the aggregate exercise price amount. (*For calculating maintenance margin, use option current market value instead of option proceeds.) Additional margin may be required pursuant to Exchange Rule 12.10.


Cusip Number:



Trading Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Time (Chicago time).


Position and Exercise limits are subject to change.



CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) Futures



$1000 times the VIX



The Exchange may list for trading up to six near-term serial months and five months on the February quarterly cycle for the VIX futures contract.



8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Central Time (Chicago Time)






CBOE Volatility Index - VIX

VIX Futures - VX


*Note: Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA) will publish VBI data as VXB for OPRA subscribers. Check with your quote vendor.



0.01 points, equal to $10.00 per contract



CFE Rule 1202(h) - Crossing Two Original Orders. The eligible size for an original Order that may be entered for a cross trade with another original Order is one Contract. The request for quote response period for the request for quote required to be sent before the initiation of a cross trade is five seconds. Following the request for quote response period, the Trading Privilege Holder or Authorized Trader, as applicable, must expose to the market for at least five seconds at least one of the original Orders that it intends to cross.



CFE Rule 1202(k) - Block Trades. The minimum Block Trade quantity for the VIX futures contract is 100 contracts. If the Block Trade is executed as a spread or a combination, one leg must meet the minimum Block Trade quantity for the VIX futures contract and the other leg(s) must have a contract size that is reasonably related to the leg meeting the minimum Block Trade quantity. The seller is obligated to call the Help Desk no later than ten minutes after a Block Trade is negotiated, to notify the Exchange of the terms of the trade, including information identifying the relevant contract month, price, quantity, time of execution, counterparty Clearing Member for each Block Trade and, if applicable, the underlying commodity, whether the transaction involved a put or a call and the strike price and any other information that is required to be set forth in the prescribed Block Trade Reporting Form.



CFE Rule 1202(l). The CFE error trade policy may only be invoked for a trade price that is greater than 10% on either side of the market price of the applicable VIX futures contract. In accordance with Policy and Procedure III, the Help Desk will determine what the true market price for the relevant Contract was immediately before the potential error trade occurred. In making that determination, the Help Desk may consider all relevant factors, including the last trade price for such Contract, a better bid or offer price, a more recent price in a different contract month and the prices of related contracts trading in other markets.



The close of trading on the day before the Final Settlement Date. When the last trading day is moved because of a CFE holiday, the last trading day for expiring VIX futures contracts will be the day immediately preceding the last regularly-scheduled trading day.



The Wednesday that is thirty days prior to the third Friday of the calendar month immediately following the month in which the contract expires ("Final Settlement Date"). If the third Friday of the month subsequent to expiration of the applicable VIX futures contract is a CBOE holiday, the Final Settlement Date for the contract shall be thirty days prior to the CBOE business day immediately preceding that Friday.



The final settlement value for VIX futures shall be a Special Opening Quotation (SOQ) of VIX calculated from the sequence of opening prices of the options used to calculate the index on the settlement date. The opening price for any series in which there is no trade shall be the average of that option's bid price and ask price as determined at the opening of trading. The final settlement value will be rounded to the nearest $0.01. If the final settlement value is not available or the normal settlement procedure cannot be utilized due to a trading disruption or other unusual circumstance, the final settlement value will be determined in accordance with the rules and bylaws of The Options Clearing Corporation. Click here for more information about VIX futures settlement.



Settlement of VIX futures contracts will result in the delivery of a cash settlement amount on the business day immediately following the Final Settlement Date. The cash settlement amount on the Final Settlement Date shall be the final mark to market amount against the final settlement value of the VIX futures multiplied by $1000.00.





CFE Rule 1202 (d) - VIX futures are subject to position accountability under Rule 412A. A person is subject to the position accountability requirements set forth in Rule 412A if the person (i) owns or controls at any time more than 25,000 contracts net long or net short in all VIX futures contract months combined or (ii) the person owns or controls more than 15,000 contracts net long or net short in the expiring VIX futures contract month commencing on the Friday prior to the final settlement date of the expiring VIX futures contract month.


For the purposes of this rule, the positions of all accounts directly or indirectly owned or controlled by a person or persons, and the positions of all accounts of a person or persons acting pursuant to an expressed or implied agreement or understanding shall be cumulated.



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