Jay Caauwe

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Jay Caauwe
Occupation Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Employer Supercritical, LLC
Location Chicago, IL
LinkedIn Profile

Jay Caauwe is a Chicago-based derivatives and exchange professional who is the co-founder and a managing partner at Supercritical, LLC. Previously he was managing director of business development at CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), focuses primarily on the exchange's roster of volatility products based on the VIX Index.[1]

He joined CFE in 2004 as a senior business analyst to advance and promote the CFE to sell-side and buy-side customers.


Before joining CFE, Caauwe had a 17-year career as a floor trader, acting as either an independent trader or lead broker for some of the industry's leading proprietary trading firms.


Caauwe studied Philosophy and Criminology at Moraine Valley College.

Professional Affiliations

He serves as a board member of the FIA Chicago and is an active member of the City Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

John Lothian News Interview

Vol Spike: CBOE Futures Exchange’s Jay Caauwe Introduces the Short-term Volatility Index
In February 2014, the CBOE Futures Exchange began listing contracts on the short term volatility index (VXST) – a 9-day variant of its flagship 30-day VIX futures. In an interview with former John Lothian News Editor-At-Large Doug Ashburn, CFE’s Jay Caauwe discusses the launch of VXST, the rationale behind the listing of VXST futures and which participants and strategies will be prevalent.


  1. Jay Caauwe. CBOE Options Hub.