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THE 33rd Annual

Cboe® Risk Management Conference Europe

The premier educational forum for users of equity derivatives, options and volatility products.

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12-14 Sept 2018
Powerscourt Hotel
County Wicklow, IRE

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12-14 Sept 2018
Powerscourt Hotel, IRE

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2018 Location

Powerscourt Hotel 

About The Powerscourt Estate and Hotel

"Located in the Garden of Ireland, where Five-Star luxury is a way of life”

Rooms are still available. Contact

The Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa is situated amidst one
of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland and one of the most
frequently visited attractions. 

Located just 30 minutes outside of Dublin, near the town of Enniskerry
in County Wicklow, Ireland visitors can quickly venture into the capital for superb shopping, world-famous visitor attractions or a taste of Irish nightlife.

Steeped in history, the hotel offers the finest in customer service and hospitality while providing the latest in technology and services. There is something for everyone here—top rated spa, world-class golf, a river walk, falconry, and of course, an authentic Irish Pub.

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2018 Agenda
Previous DayNext Day

11:00 - 5:30pm
11:45 - 12:30pm

Conference Registration
Light stand up snacks-lunch break

12:30 - 1:45pm

Developments in Equity Volatility-Related Indicators

  • A look into the many volatility indicators that exist; how they were created and for what purposes
  • VIX, RVX (Russell 2000 vol), VVIX (VIX of VIX), SKEW, correlation and dispersion indexes will be discussed
  • How to interpret what volatility measures really mean and are helpful for signaling market information
  • Market structure changes including bank capital regulations and how indicators may be impacted

William Speth, Global Head of Research, Cboe Global Markets
William Speth Presentation

1:45 - 2:00pm

Session Break

2:00 - 3:15pm

The Interest Rate Volatility Environment - Can Rates Volatility be the Next "Safe-Haven"?

  • What drives rates volatilities and what do long-dated and short dated interest rate volatility measures tell you about the state of markets
  • Macro, structural dislocations and trigger points
  • Long vol with a positive carry: tactical vs systematic solutions
  • Equity/bond correlation instability as the Achilles heel of multi asset portfolios
  • Hedging the very steep "illiquidity skew" with cross-asset volatility 

Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC

Kokou Agbo-Bloua, Managing Director, Global Head of Flow Strategy & Solutions, Société Générale

3:15 - 3:30pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:45pm

Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators, and Determining Courses of Action

  • Structural drivers of volatility-related instruments
  • Understanding signals from volatility, skew and correlation dynamics
  • Determining which measures fit what investor needs and market conditions
  • How to structure trading strategies based on volatility surfaces and volatility-related indicators

Stacey Gilbert, Head of Derivatives Strategy, Susquehanna

Mandy Xu, Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist, Credit Suisse

6:00 - 8:30pm

Opening Reception: Cocktails and Dinner at Powerscourt Estate House
(shuttle buses will leave from the Hotel lobby starting at 6:00pm)

7:30 - 8:30am

Breakfast (breakfast at Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt is included in your room rate)
Registration continues

8:30 - 9:00am

Chris Concannon,  President & Chief Operating Officer, Cboe Global Markets

Welcome and Cboe Global Markets Update

Keynote Speech: Market Movers: The Structure and the Cycle

9:00 - 10:00am

Louis-Vincent Gave, Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer of Gavekal

10:00 - 10:30am

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30am

Volatility Regime Change: Signs, Symptoms & Solutions

  • What to watch as we leave ultra-low volatility behind
  • Diversification, relative value and defensive strategies

Abhinandan Deb, Head of Global Cross Asset Quant Investment Strategy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

11:30 - 1:00pm

Lunch and networking

1:00 - 2:00pm

Panel on Long and Relative Value Volatility Trading and Tail Risk

Moderator: Alexandre Tiers, Managing Director, Equity Derivatives Exotics Trading, JP Morgan


Imran Hasnain, Partner, CQS

Yann Le Her, Senior Portfolio Manager, La Française Investment Solutions

Katherine Molnar, Chief Investment Officer, Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System

Tobias Windmeier, Senior Portfolio Manager, Union Investment Institutional GmbH

2:00 - 2:15pm

Session Break

2:15 - 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions

TRACK A - Volatility-Based ETPs:  Market Impact & Opportunities in VIX Futures/Options

  • What happened in February, what role did VIX ETPs play?
  • Reconciling VIX ETPs’ net vega, CFTC-reported VIX positioning, and VIX futures market size information
  • VIX futures curve shape: evaluating curve trades before and after the February blowup
  • Lessons for volatility selling and buying programs
  • Lessons for volatility product design

Benn Eifert, Ph.D., Founder and CIO, QVR Advisors

Rocky Fishman, CFA, Equity Derivatives Strategist, Goldman Sachs

TRACK B - Credit and Credit Volatility

  • Markets and use cases for corporate bond index futures and ETFs
  • What drives credit volatility and what do credit volatility indexes tell you about the state of credit markets and spreads?
  • How to properly asses credit volatility and its relationship with equity and rates volatility

Yoshiki Obayashi, Head of Research, Applied Academics, LLC
Yoshiki Obayashi Presentation

Brett Pybus, CFA, Managing Director, BlackRock

3:30 - 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45 - 5:00pm

Breakout Sessions

TRACK A - P vs Q: The Battle of Distributions

  • How to evaluate which strike best expresses a view on spot
  • Beyond historical fair value: building risk-neutral (P) return distributions that incorporate model expectations so as to outperform the risk-neutral distribution (Q).

Caio Natividade, Managing Director and Head of Cross Asset Quantitative Research, Deutsche Bank

TRACK B - Sectors: Major Changes are Coming on September 28, 2018

  • An outline of changes in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) classifications of sector and industry groups
  • How sectoral groupings help connect broader trends to their market effects
  • Comparing the effectiveness of sector-selection and stock-selection strategies
  • Implications for volatility and dispersion trading

Tim Edwards, Ph.D., Managing Director of Index Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Saurabh Katiyar, Vice President, MSCI

7:15 - 8:00am

Breakfast (breakfast is included in the Group room rate at Powerscourt. Please join us in Sika Restaurant)

8:00 – 9:00am

The Future of VIX Derivative Markets

  • How market dynamics have changed since the events on the week of February 5th
  • Strategies for navigating volatility

Moderator: Eric Frait, Vice President, Options Advancement and Strategy, Cboe Global Markets

Uri Geller, Co-Founder and CIO, Granite M.S.A. LTD 
Neale Jackson, Portfolio Manager, 36 South Capital Advisors
Etienne Lussiez, Equity Index Volatility Trader, Barclays Capital
Angel Serrat, Partner & Chief Strategist, Capula Investment Management, LLP

9:00 - 9:15am

Session Break

9:15 - 10:30am

Track A - Volatility Risk Premia Strategies: New Advancements to Better Assess Timing and Portfolio Construction

  • Results from empirical studies on the performance of volatility-based strategies in different regimes
  • Can we realistically buy "cheap" and sell "expensive" options?
  • The role of VRP within income seeking portfolios
  • What VRP assets to include and alternatives for managing weightings over time based on goals and market dynamics

Stephen Crewe, Portfolio Manager, Fulcrum Asset Management

Roni Israelov, Ph.D., Principal, Head of Volatility Strategies, AQR Capital Management

Track B - European Demand for U.S. Exchange-Listed Equity Options; Who, What, Where, When and Especially Why

  • Results of a 2018 study on European use of U.S. equity option products
  • Responses from market participant interviews will be presented, together with supplements of industry data
  • A discussion of current trends and implications for strategy selection, including OTC alternatives

Moderator/Presenter: Gary Delany, Director, Options Industry Council (OIC)

Patrick Bartholet, Strategist, Aviva Investors
Leaf Wade, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

10:30 - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15pm

Variance Utility and Use Cases

Moderator/Presenter: Michael Mollet, Director, Head of Product Development, Cboe Global Markets

Markos Petrocheilos, Senior Equity Derivatives Trader, BNP Paribas
Adel Benharrats, Portfolio Manager, Argentière Capital AG
Chris Rodarte,
Portfolio Manager, Pine River Capital Management


End of Conference Sessions

12:45- 1:15pm

Golf Event at Powerscourt (tee times)

7:00 - 9:00pm

Buffet Dinner in the Heritage Suite, 2nd floor

KEYNOTE speaker
Edward O. Thorp
Math Professor, Inventor, Best-Selling Author and Hedge Fund Manager
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