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THE 33rd Annual

Cboe Risk Management Conference

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

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Learn the latest trading and
risk management strategies

ReGISTration will open after dec 15

36th Annual RMC US will be
Monday, Mar 2, through
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point,
Bonita Springs, Florida

The location

Monarch Beach Resort

We were delighted with our March 2017 stay at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. For 2018 we are happy to be returning to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point near Ft. Myers, Florida. Always a favorite destination for RMC attendees, we appreciate the great food, outstanding service and casual elegance of this plantation style resort. Check back later for details-- but plan to join us there March 7 through March 9, 2018!

About Monarch Beach Resort
Nestled in the golden hillsides of Orange County, Monarch Beach offers deluxe amenities for guests to unwind. Play a round of golf on the award-winning Monarch Beach Links course complete with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Or, if you’re looking to indulge in the ultimate spa experience, visit the Miraval Life in Balance Spa. There, you can spoil yourself with a massage, facial and many other spa services.

And of course, when it comes to food, a wide array of options are available to you from casual dining to an upscale culinary experience. No matter what you choose, you’ll experience the bright flavors southern California has to offer.

About the location
Keynote Speaker
Edward O. Thorp
Math Professor, Inventor, Best-Selling Author and Hedge Fund Manager
2017 Featured Sponsors
A special thank-you to our sponsors who have helped make the 2017 Cboe Risk Management Conference U.S. possible.
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
General Sponsors
Media Sponsors
The 2020 RMC US Agenda will be available at the end of January 2020. Please check back. In the meantime, check out last year's agenda below.
The 2020 Agenda will be posted at the end of January 2020. For planning purposes, check out the 2019 Agenda here.
Previous DayNext Day

12:00pm – 5:30pm

Conference Registration – Grand Ballroom Foyer

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Less Growth, More Uncertainty - Is Volatility Here to Stay?

David M. Blitzer, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee,  S&P Dow Jones Indexes

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Coffee Break

2:30pm – 3:45pm

The Volatility Positioning Ledger - Blow Ups, Buried Bodies and Behavioral Biases

  1. Zero interest rates and quantitative easing altered the traditional search for yield
  2. Risk-free return or Return-free risk?
  3. Volatility positioning in the options market
  4. Optionality positions in other asset classes and structures
  5. Where and when the Day of Reckoning may occur

Jon Havice, President & Chief Investment Officer, DGV Solutions
Jon Havice Presentation

Colin Bebee, CFA, Executive Vice President, Meketa Investment Group, Inc.
Colin Bebee Presentation

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Coffee Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm

What You Need to Know - Wall St. Derivative Strategists Weigh in on Key 2019 Market Factors


Bill Looney, Vice President, Head of Index Options Strategy, Cboe Global Markets


Katherine Fogertey, Vice President, Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs

Stacey Gilbert, Head of Derivative Strategy, Susquehanna Financial Group

Mandy Xu, Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist, Credit Suisse

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception: Cocktails and Dinner, Palm Courtyard
(weather permitting, otherwise Aviara Salon)

6:30am – 7:30am

Rise and shine for Fitness Workout Boot Camp, Avalon Ballroom, lower level

8:00am – 9:00am

Buffet Breakfast, Aviara Salon

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome and Cboe Update - Grand Ballroom

Edward Tilly, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cboe Global Markets

9:30am – 10:30am

Keynote Speech: "US - China Economic Tensions, Impact and Implications"

Yukon Huang, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Yukon Huang Presentation

10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Stay Calm and Trade Vol


Steven M. Sears, Chief Investment Officer, StratiFi Technologies; Barron's Columnist and author of "The Indomitable Investor"


Will Bartlett, CEO and Managing Member, Parallax Volatility Advisers, LLC

David Burkart, CFA, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Coloma Capital Futures LLC

Zem Sternberg, CIO and Managing Partner, Lake Hill Capital Management, LLC

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch and Networking – Palm Courtyard

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Think Managing Risk is a Boring Topic? Think Again!
From Naval Special Warfare Operations to Short Gamma Management, How to Reconcile Intuition/Experience/Expertise with Big Data and Technology in a Dynamic Environment


Luke Kawa, Cross-Asset Reporter, Bloomberg News


Jennifer Keller, Managing Partner & Chief Financial Officer, Headwaters Solutions, LP

Alexander L. Krongard, Managing Director DCS Advisory. Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (Retired), former Naval Special Warfare officer and National Security Council staff member

Matt Rowe, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Headwaters Solutions, LP

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Session Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Rising Importance of Falling Liquidity

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

John Marshall, Managing Director, Head of Derivatives Research, Goldman Sachs

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Coffee Break


4:30pm – 5:30pm

Volatility Risk Premium (VRP) Diversification and Performance Enhancement Opportunities

  • Diversifying fundamental risk positions, enhanced by behavioral biases
  • Alternative beta position which is liquid, low cost, unlevered and can be "mission aligned"
  • Capturing performance benefits through the "monetization" of an investors risk profile
  • VRP - Where does it fit? Approval challenges? Appropriate benchmarks? Other considerations?


Matthew Moran, Head of Global Benchmark Indexes Advancement, Cboe Global Markets


Jack Hansen, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Parametric

Anders Norrman, Senior Investment Officer - Head of Public Markets, San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS)

Roberto Obregon, Senior Research Analyst, Meketa Investment Group


4:30pm – 5:30pm

Exploring the Relationship Between Equity Option Implied Volatility and Credit Spreads

  • Explore the current corporate credit environment, the close relationship between equity volatility and credit spreads
  • New hedging tools available for hedging against adverse moves in credit spreads (exchange-traded CDX futures, bond ETFs, VIX futures & options, Cboe iBoxx iShares Corporate Bond Index Futures)


John Angelos, Director, Global Head of Institutional Buy-Side Client Solutions, Cboe Global Markets


John Coleman, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, R.J. O'Brien
John Coleman Presentation

Olivier Sarfati, Head of Equities, GenTrust
Olivier Sarfati Presentation

Steve Laipply, Managing Director, Head of U.S. i-Shares Fixed Income Strategy, BlackRock
Steve Laipply Presentation

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception, Avalon Terrace

8:00am – 9:00am

Buffet Breakfast, Aviara Salon


9:00am – 10:15am

Tail Risk Management, and Use of Options and Volatility Products for Downside Protection

  • Why are investors interested in tail risk management and downside hedging strategies?
  • Hedging strategies can be appealing in theory, but how can the costs of protective programs be mitigated?
  • What are the trade-offs regarding cost & protection?
  • Sizing, operational, and liquidity considerations of hedging strategies

Josh Lisser, Senior Vice President, Head-Index Strategies, AllianceBernstein

Alex Reed, CFA, CAIA, Risk Specialist, University of Chicago, Office of Investments


9:00am – 10:15am

Interest Rates Volatility and a Simple Framework for Using the VIX Family as Signals

  • Best ways to monitor rates volatility and better understand signal value in FI volatility indices
  • Why TYVIX is a better measure than other indices (for example MOVE)
  • How to best hedge interest rate volatility exposure using TYVIX futures
  • Introduction to a simple regime-based volatility framework
  • Using Equity and FI VIX together
  • Sample strategies that incorporate rates volatility designed to protect downside, allocate assets, etc.

Ruslan Bikbov, Director, U.S. Rates Strategy, Citi Research, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

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

10:15am – 10:45am

Coffee Break


10:45am – 12:00pm

Artificial Intelligence Powers a New Class of Systematic Options Strategies

  • State of systematic options strategies and motivations for using AI
  • Options AI: Technical objectives and challenges
  • Delivering options AI investment products

Mohamed El-Hioum, Executive Director, Dynamic Strategies Structuring, UBS

Hani El-Sakkout, Chief Development Officer, Tradelegs LLC


10:45am – 12:00pm

New White Papers with 32-Year Analysis of Strategies That Use SPX or SPXW Options

  • How have SPX options-selling strategies performed over 3 decades, compared with stocks, bonds and commodities, and option-buying strategies
  • Is the Implied Volatility Risk Premium (IVRP) a key factor related to unique and compelling risk-adjusted returns for key index options strategies?
  • While some still ask if all options strategies are risky, what have been the drawdowns, betas and standard deviations for select Cboe strategy benchmark indexes?
  • How much option premium has been generated by strategies that write index options on a weekly or monthly basis?

Oleg Bondarenko, Professor of Finance, University of Illinois at Chicago
Oleg Bondarenko Presentation

Jeffrey Foley, Head of Business Operations, Wilshire Analytics
Jeffrey Foley Presentation


    End of Conference


    Shuttle leaves for Del Mar Country Club.


    GOLF - Shotgun Start at Del Mar Country Club. Pre-registration required.