VIX, Crypto, Blockchain, Futures and/or Options: Could these be considered by a prudent investor?

Institutional Communication Service

Date: 15 March 2018 / 18:00 - 20:00

Room A21, Red building, Lugano campus

In 2018, new studies address the topics of whether and how VIX-based products, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, futures and/or options are being considered by investors. While some investors prefer to invest only in stocks and bonds, other investors are exploring alternatives because of concerns about high price/earnings ratios for stocks, low interest rates for fixed income, and higher correlations among “traditional” asset classes.

In this context, Matthew Moran, Vice-president at CBOE Global Markets, will address a series of issues including:

  • Why was the VIX Index so “low” in 2017 while there was much geopolitical worldwide uncertainty? Has there been too much complacency in the financial markets? Is option-writing still appealing when the VIX is below its long-term average?
  • What measures have been introduced by regulated exchanges and clearing firms to deal with the high volatility of certain new listed financial instruments?
  • Could a small allocation to VIX or cryptocurrency futures be used to help diversify or hedge a portfolio?
  • Why have some portfolio managers and pension funds made new allocations to the cash-secured put-write strategy in recent years?


The conference is organised in joint collaboration with CFA Switzerland and Swiss Finance + Technology Association, Ticino Chapter.

Participation is subject to registration, online at:

Free admittance for members of the USI community.