CME Group launches suite of new implied volatility benchmark indexes

CME Group has begun daily publication of a suite of new implied volatility benchmark indexes based on its proprietary CME Group Volatility Index (CVOL) methodology. 

Beginning with eight implied volatility indexes on its 10-Year Treasury Note futures and G5 FX currency pair futures, the CVOL family of indexes will be expanded to include benchmarks across all major asset classes in the first half of 2021.

“Traders already rely on CME Group’s deep and liquid options markets to monitor, hedge against, or express views on volatility across all major asset classes ahead of market-moving events,” says Derek Sammann, CME Group Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities and Options Products. “Our new suite of CME Group Volatility Indexes now make implied volatility information directly available to clients. Going forward, by applying the CVOL methodology to all of our futures benchmarks across asset classes, we will be able to deliver a precise and consistent measure of volatility to market participants, ranging from Fixed Income and FX to Energy, Metals and Agricultural markets.”

The CVOL indexes measure the 30-day forward-looking implied volatility of an underlying futures contract based on the information contained in the prices of CME Group’s robust options on futures markets. The CVOL methodology incorporates every single strike price on the implied volatility curve, not just at-the-money options prices, to calculate a single volatility value called simple variance, which will allow clients to easily track and compare this metric across all available CVOL indexes.

Initially, the daily indexes will be available with two years of historical data on the seven individual treasury and FX volatility indexes, as well as an aggregate G5 FX currency index: 

• 10-Year Treasury CVOL Index (price and yield volatility indexes)
• G5 FX CVOL Index
In addition to the index volatility value, clients can access three additional indicators for each of the CVOL benchmark indexes to better understand market sentiment:

• Up Variance – index on calls only
• Down Variance – index on puts only
• Skew – difference between Up Variance and Down Variance