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  • VIX | Oct 9, 2017, 3:16 PM

    Four Facts to Help Address the Issue – Is the VIX “Low” in 2017?

    Four Facts to Help Address the Issue – Is the VIX “Low” in 2017?

    In the past year a number of news reporters and others have asked if the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) was at an unusually “low” level in light of all the worldwide geopolitical uncertainties. The average daily closing levels for the VIX Index are 19.4 since January 1990, but only 12.8 since June 2016. At the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in May 2017, Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago opined that the “low” level of the VIX Index was one of the[...]

  • Aug 25, 2017, 3:46 PM

    Record Days for VIX Futures and Options Volume and Open Interest This Month

    Record Days for VIX Futures and Options Volume and Open Interest This Month

    Despite the fact that the average daily closing value of the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) is about 11.5 so far this year, VIX futures and options both had record days for volume and for open interest this month. OPEN INTEREST RECORDS. VIX futures hit a new record for open interest with more than 673,000 contracts on August 7, and VIX options reached a new record for open interest with 14,783,380 contracts open on August 15. VOLUME RECORDS. August 10 was an all-time record volume day[...]

  • Aug 11, 2017, 8:12 AM

    Volatility Takes the Stairs Down and the Elevator Up

    Volatility Takes the Stairs Down and the Elevator Up

    There are countless market/trader sayings that get bandied about depending on the macro environment (and perhaps your position). For example, who hasn’t heard? Trying to catch a falling knife The trend is your friend Dead-cat bounce Picking up pennies (used to be 1/8ths) in front of a steamroller In the options world, one truism that was likely overheard on trading desks yesterday: “volatility takes the stairs down and the elevator up”. Of late, there’s[...]

  • Jun 19, 2017, 12:03 PM

    Playing Pickle with the Market

    Playing Pickle with the Market

    Remember as a kid playing pickle?  This is the game where say on a baseball field you are in a rundown between two bases, and players on the other team are trying to tag you out.  You run back and forth, dodge, duck and swerve to avoid a tag and make it safely to one of two bases.  It's a thrilling game and often filled with surprising moves. There are market trading strategies that are similar to the game of pickle, and we do our best to stay away from the tag that puts us out of[...]

  • Jun 2, 2017, 8:58 AM

    VIX Index Closes Below 10 Again, as Professor Called VIX Level the Biggest Financial Mystery

    VIX Index Closes Below 10 Again, as Professor Called VIX Level the Biggest Financial Mystery

    On June 1st the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) closed at 9.89. June 1st marked only the 14th day on which the VIX Index closed below 10 (its price history begins in 1990). Six of the 14 days on which the VIX Index closed below 10 occurred in 2017 (see Exhibit 1 below for a list of all 14 dates). REMARKS AT CFA ANNUAL CONFERENCE On May 21 through 24 I listened to several outstanding speakers 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Speakers’ remarks that were among the most[...]

  • Mar 13, 2017, 9:21 AM

    The Impact of Low Volatility

    The Impact of Low Volatility

    The volatility index, or VIX once again closed under 12% last Friday.  It has hovered in the range of 10-13% for the entire year of 2017, and really collapsed following the Presidential election, from a high in the low twenties.  That seems eons ago, right?  And with this low volatility comes frustration for those sitting on the sidelines waiting to get involved with the stock market.  Volatility is compressed right now, but of course that will change at some point, but we'll[...]