Panel to Discuss 'Options in 2008 -- Tools to Navigate More Volatile Markets' on Feb. 13 in Chicago

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Four financial experts will discuss "Options in 2008 -- Tools to Navigate More Volatile Markets," at a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 13 at the CBOE. The VIX Index and other volatility indexes have risen more than 100 percent in the past year.

Four financial experts will discuss the topic "Options in 2008 -- Tools to Navigate More Volatile Markets," at a panel discussion that will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 at the members lounge of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), 400 South LaSalle Street, Chicago. The meeting is jointly sponsored by Chicago QWAFAFEW, Chicago PRMIA, and the Structured Products Association (SPA).

The four panelists will be:

(1) Mr. Jason Ungar, Director, at Ansbacher Investment Management in New York City. Jason specializes in the development and implementation of short volatility strategies designed to meet the needs of institutional clients.

(2) Mr. Jon Yalmokas, Managing Director, UBS in Stamford, CT. Jon is Head of Flow Derivative Sales, Americas, and he has spent the last 12 years in trading and sales roles in equity derivatives.

(3) Mr. Jon Najarian, cofounder of optionMONSTER in Chicago. "Dr. J" is a noted media analyst and speaker who appears daily on First Business Television, hosts a CBS Radio show, and webcasts twice daily on CBOE-TV.

(4) Mr. Joe Cusick, Vice President of Education for optionsXpress in Chicago, a firm that services more than 250,000 self-directed investors, and that was named Best Online Broker by Barron's in four of the last five years.

Mr. Matt Moran of the CBOE will serve as moderator for the meeting.

Trading volume on the U.S. options exchanges rose 41 percent in 2007, and more volatility in early 2008 is leading to new options volume records. Here are some of the questions that will be posed to the panelists --

  • In light of the fact that implied volatility and the volatility indexes have more than doubled over the past twelve months, how can investors and traders benefit from these big moves?
  • Can investors achieve superior risk-adjusted returns with a collateralized put selling strategy as reflected by the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT) ?
  • How are hedge funds using correlation trades and equity derivatives to add value in today's markets?
  • What types of profits can be achieved with trading applications used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets?
  • Which options strategies and tools are popular with online self-directed investors in 2008?

Admission is $10 in advance (or $15 at the door) with snacks and drinks provided.

Please RSVP via
by Friday, February 8th.

Media Contact:
Mr. Adam Cohen
312-630-9880 x 227


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