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The Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) first opened its doors in 1973. In 1983, CBOE introduced the S&P 100 and S&P 500 Index (SPX) Options. These options allowed investors to bet on the entire stock market index and not just an individual company.
In 1993, CBOE introduced its volatility index (VIX), a predictor of volatility based on the Options traded against the S&P 500. In 1997, CBOE introduced the Dow Jones Index Options (DJI). In 2001, CBOE introduced its VXN volatility Index based on the NASDAQ 100. (Source)
The concept of allowing speculation against the entire stock market is a dangerous one. It creates the opportunity for Insiders to profit from their foreknowledge of a specific event, like 911, that will have a major impact on the stock market. In fact, if we examine the volume of Put Options traded against the S&P 500, leading up to 911, we are able to identify some interesting patterns:
1. On July 31, 2001 (a month and a few weeks before 911) volume on the S&P 500 Put Options that were still out of the money was at 5243, nearly double the volume of the previous year. (Source)
2. At the Money S&P 500 Options trading volume was as high as 600% more than the preceeding year.
3. In the money trading of S&P 500 Options was as high as 600% more than the preceeding year.
So, who made these trades?
"Lynne Howard, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), stated that information about who made the trades was available immediately. "We would have been aware of any unusual activity right away. It would have been triggered by any unusual volume. There is an automated system called 'blue sheeting,' or the CBOE Market Surveillance System, that everyone in the business knows about. It provides information on the trades - the name and even the Social Security number on an account - and these surveillance systems are set up specifically to look into insider trading. The system would look at the volume, and then a real person would take over and review it, going back in time and looking at other unusual activity."
Howard continued, "The system is so smart that even if there is a news event that triggers a market event it can go back in time, and even the parameters can be changed depending on what is being looked at. It's a very clever system and it is instantaneous. Even with the system, though, we have very experienced and savvy staff in our market-regulations area who are always looking for things that might be unusual. They're trained to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Even if it's offshore, it might take a little longer, but all offshore accounts have to go through U.S. member firms - members of the CBOE - and it is easily and quickly identifiable who made the trades. The member firm who made the trades has to have identifiable information about the client under the 'Know Your Customer' regulations (and we share all information with the Securities and Exchange Commission.)" (Source)
Interestingly enough, the question of Put Options and predicting False Flag terror events was presented to the 911 Commission by Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the collapse of the towers:
"The SEC, in concert with the United States intelligence agencies, has sophisticated software programs that are used in"real-time" to watch both domestic and overseas markets to seek out trends that may indicate a present or future crime. In the week prior to September 11th both the SEC and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored one major stock market indicator, one that could have yielded valuable information with regard to the September 11th attacks.
On the Chicago Board Options Exchange during the week before September 11th, put options were purchased on American and United Airlines, the two airlines involved in the attacks. The investors who placed these orders were gambling that in the short term the stock prices of both Airlines would plummet. Never before on the Chicago Exchange were such large amounts of United and American Airlines options traded. These investors netted a profit of at least $5 million after the September 11th attacks." (Source)
The 911 Commission responded:
The Commission concluded that “exhaustive investigations” by the SEC and the FBI “uncovered no evidence that anyone with advance knowledge of the attacks profited through securities transactions.” (Source)
Future Events proved the 911 Commission was wrong:
"The people ultimately found included an unnamed customer of Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown (DBAB). This involved a trade on United Airlines (UAL) stock consisting of a 2,500-contract order that was, for some reason, split into chunks of 500 contracts each and then directed to multiple exchanges around the country simultaneously. When the 9/11 Commission report pointed to a “single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda,” it was referring to either DBAB or its customer in that questionable trade.
Michael Ruppert has since written about DBAB, noting that the company had previously been a financier of the Carlyle Group and also of Brown Brothers Harriman, both of which are companies closely related to the Bush family. Ruppert also noted that Alex. Brown, the company purchased by Deutsche Bank to become DBAB, was managed by A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, who left the firm in 1998 to join the CIA as counsel to director George Tenet. Krongard had been a consultant to CIA director James Woolsey in the mid 1990s, and on Sept. 11 he was the Executive Director of the CIA, the third highest position in the agency. (Ibid)