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2015 Agenda & Highlights
Cboe RMC ASIA 2015 was held on November 30 through December 1, 2015.
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11:30am – 12:30pm

Light Buffet Lunch  

12:30 – 1:45pm

Primer on Options and Volatility Strategies

  • Fundamental options strategies for increasing yields and managing risks
  • Volatility characteristics: mean reversion, "vol of vol," risk premia
  • What does a 25 volatility mean anyway?     
Russell Rhoads, Director, The Options Institute, Cboe

Russell Rhoads Presentation

1:45 – 2:00pm

​Session Break

​2:00 – 3:15pm

​Benchmark Indexes & Research on Fund Use of Options-Based and Volatility-Based Strategies

  • Beyond the BXM and PUT; introducing new strategy benchmark indexes that use index options    
  • Presentation of a white paper with a list of mutual funds and ETFs that use options for portfolio management    
  • The design and performance of long, short and dynamic VIX-linked ETPs
  • Utility for longer term investors and shorter term traders
Tim Edwards, Ph. D., Senior Director of Index Investment Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Matthew Moran, Vice President, Institutional Business Development, Cboe

3:15 – 3:30pm

Coffee Break

​3:30 – 4:45pm

Panel on Options and Volatility Market Structure

  • Client demographics in U.S., Europe and Asia
  • Options vs. warrants and structured products; OTC vs. listed; index vs. ETF and single stock options, regular vs. extended trading hours    
  • Sourcing liquidity and how orders get executed via electronic and open outcry methods
Moderator: 
  • Steven M. Sears, Senior Editor and Columnist, Barron's and Barrons.com
Panelists: 
  • Patrick Fay, Global Head of Derivatives, FTSE Russell
  • David Friedland, Managing Director, Interactive Brokers
  • Timothy Hendricks, Founder, Managing Partner, X-Change Financial Access, LLC (XFA)​
  • Qi Wang, Head of Options Product Development, China Financial Futures Exchange

5:00 – 8:00pm

Opening Reception: Cocktails and Dinner

  • JW Marriott Salon 4

8:30 – 9:00am

Welcome and CBOE Update

Edward T. Tilly, Chief Executive Officer, Cboe Holdings, Inc.

9:00 – 10:00am

A New Volatility Regime? Navigating the Cycle with S&P 500 and VIX Options 

  • Volatility Reconnaissance: What can S&P 500 and VIX options tell you?
  • The Short Story: The Volatility Risk Premium and strategies to take advantage 
  • Long volatility: Hedging with S&P 500 options 
  • VIX strategy development and key drivers of trade profitability
Krag “Buzz” Gregory, Equity Derivatives Strategist, Goldman Sachs

10:00 – 10:30am

Coffee Break

​10:30 – 11:30am

Volatility and the Allegory of the Prisoner’s Dilemma‎

Christopher Cole, Managing Partner, Artemis Capital Management 

11:30am – 12:45pm

Lunch and Networking

  • Canton Tea Lounge 

​12:45 – 2:00pm

Hedge Funds and Volatility-Based Strategies: Presentation and Panel

Moderator/Speaker: Satoshi Iwanaga, Chairman, Eurekahedge
Panelists: El Mehdi Benhmade, Portfolio Manager, Capula Investment Management‎; Christopher Cole, Managing Partner, Artemis Capital Management
Govert Heijboer, Co-CIO, True Partner Advisor Ltd; Vishnu Kurella, Portfolio Manager, Caxton Associates LP

​​2:00 – 2:15pm

​Session Break

​2:15 – 3:30pm

Cross-Region Volatility Analysis for Investing and Hedging

  • How supply/demand imbalances impact equity volatility surfaces by region; Asia, US and Europe
  • How to take advantage of structural dislocations to fit objectives
Shane Carroll, Equity Derivatives Strategist, SG Securities, Ltd
Benoit Meulot, Portfolio Manager, BTG Pactual

​3:30 – 3:45pm

Coffee Break

​3:45 – 5:00pm

Track 1: Salon 5-6 

Directional Options Strategies 

  • Pre-trade rich/cheap analysis
  • Choosing the right options strategy
  • Position management tactics 
  • When to roll or adjust strikes
Gus Dhothar, Portfolio Manager, Goldman Sachs Investment Management
William Stephens, Strategist, Deutsche Bank

Track 2: Salon 4

Volatility of Volatility

  • Historical observations and interpretations for "vol-of-vol" surfaces
  • Trading and hedging applications depending on client objectives
  • A case study approach
William Chan, Equity Derivatives Strategist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael Fagan, Chairman, Levitas Capital

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