Thursday, January 10, 2019

Financial Products News #2019 - 2
Nasdaq Begins Dissemination of Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index, VOLQ, Effective Thursday, January 24, 2019

Markets Impacted:

  • All Markets

Data Feeds Impacted:

  • Nasdaq Global Index Data Service (GIDS)

Contact Information:

  • Nasdaq Global Indexes at the Toll Free Number +1 844 717 0708 (for US Callers) or +1 301 978 8311 (for International Callers)

What you need to know:

Effective Thursday, January 24, 2019, Nasdaq will begin disseminating the following new indexes on the Nasdaq Global Index Data ServiceSM (GIDS)

What are the new indexes?

The Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index, VOLQ (“Volatility Index”), (Ticker Symbol: VOLQ) measures changes in 30 day implied volatility of the Nasdaq-100® index (NDX). The Volatility Index uses the prices of certain listed options on NDX to obtain the prices of synthetic precisely at-the-money (ATM) options. The ultimate Volatility Index component options used directly in the computation include a total of four NDX options from each of four expirations for a total of sixteen component options derived from observation of sixteen NDX option bids and offers (a total of thirty-two input observations). The synthetic ATM option prices are then used to calculate 30-day closed-form implied volatility. The result is a closed-form measure of implied volatility for the Nasdaq-100 index that focuses on the options practitioners, hedgers, and traders use most, at-the-money options.

How are the indexes disseminated?

Effective Thursday, January 24, 2019, data recipients will receive real-time index information from the proprietary GIDS data feed with the following attributes:

Instrument ID Instrument Name Currency Frequency FP Type Brand Session ID
Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index, VOLQ
1 Second I NQ AME

In addition to the real-time tick messages, Nasdaq will support the following directory messages on GIDS:

  • Equities Summary (Message Type F): Disseminated at the end of the U.S. and European trading session to relay the summary of the current trading day's activity for an equity index.
  • Index Directory (Message Type R): Disseminated at the start of each day to relay basic index information.

Where can I find additional information?

For questions about Nasdaq index products, please contact Nasdaq Global Indexes at the Toll Free Number +1 844 717 0708 (for US Callers) or +1 301 978 8311 (for International Callers) or visit GIW.

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