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A More Precise Measure of Volatility: Meet VOLQ, the Nasdaq-100® Volatility Index

Released on Wednesday, September 16, 2020TOOLS
Arguably these days when you look at an investor's portfolio it is likely to look more and more like the Nasdaq-100 Index rather than the S&P 500, so it's important to have a volatility index that tracks your portfolio. Introducing, VOLQ, the newest entrant in a trading space long dominated by a single "fear gauge" called the Cboe Volatility Index™ (VIX™). VOLQ is for today's traders as it measures 30-day implied volatility as expressed by the prices of certain listed options on the Nasdaq-100 Index to obtain the prices of synthetic precisely at-the money (ATM) options. During this session, Dan Carrigan, associate vice president of Nasdaq North American Markets, and Tim McCourt, CME Group's managing director and global head, equity products and alternative investments, will take an in-depth look at volatility, what VOLQ index price levels indicate and tells you as an investor, and how investors use volatility products for portfolio and trading strategies. They will also discuss how VOLQ is different from CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) and how VOLQ relates to NDX.

Daniel Carrigan
Nasdaq, Inc., North American Markets, Associate Vice President
Tim McCourt
CME Group, Managing Director & Global Head, Equity Products and Alt. Invest.

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