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  • Market News | Education | Apr 27, 2016, 4:22 PM

    Morningstar Is Adding New “Option Writing” Category on April 29

    Morningstar Is Adding New “Option Writing” Category on April 29

    In my opinion, the launch of a new Option Writing category by Morningstar this week has tremendous potential to boost long-term interest in and acceptance of options-based strategies by portfolio managers, financial advisers, and consultants. On April 29, 2016, Morningstar is adding a new Option Writing category to its U.S Retail Category system, and the Category Index is the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). BACKGROUND ON DEVELOPMENTS IN PAST YEARS Over the past decade I have spoken to numerous[...]

  • VIX | Education | Apr 27, 2016, 1:00 PM

    CBOE Hosting New Conference on Derivatives and Volatility

    CBOE Hosting New Conference on Derivatives and Volatility

    Over the past ten years or so VIX futures and options have been two of the fastest growing listed derivative markets in the world.  This has resulted in traders and investors paying more attention to market volatility than ever before.  It has also resulted in the dramatic expansion of academic research focused on volatility.  The combination of these two factors has led to a collaboration between the Financial Management Association and CBOE in the form of a new conference. [...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Apr 25, 2016, 12:44 PM

    A Buffett Put Trade Refresher

    A Buffett Put Trade Refresher

    It's been a while since I first wrote about Berkshire Hathaway selling put options on broad based indexes.  The following is a refresher or introduction to the trade if this is new to you. Back in 2008, as the financial world was falling apart, the business media loved to quote Warren Buffett’s comment about derivatives from Berkshire Hathaway’s 2002 annual letter. However, that line has been taken completely out of context to fit the needs of market commentators or derivative critics.[...]

  • Market News | Apr 17, 2016, 5:49 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 4/11 - 4/15

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 4/11 - 4/15

    VIX fell to 13.62 as the S&P 500 put up some gains last week. The curve shifted lower, but is steep, even the expiring April contract finished the week at about a 1.50 premium to spot VIX.   I noticed that the S&P 500 was higher than the close two weeks ago and VIX was higher as well. This is something many traders take a look at and may consider it a non-confirmation of the recent rally. Let’s see this coming week if the 13.00 low in VIX for 2016 holds on any equity[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Strategy | Mar 18, 2016, 1:06 PM

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 3/18/16

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 3/18/16

    The completion of the powerful, bottoming "W" formation at the beginning of March was the launchpad for this leg of the rally. It has more room to run. Equity-only put-call ratios continue to remain on buy signals. The standard chart has seen a slight "wiggle" develop this week, but it does not dissuade the computer programs from continuing to say that these ratios are solidly on buy signals. Market breadth continues to be strong. Both oscillators are currently on buy signals,[...]

  • Market News | Mar 14, 2016, 12:28 PM

    Weekly Market Outlook - Cleared Some Hurdles

    Weekly Market Outlook - Cleared Some Hurdles

    Though it didn't hit the ground running last week, a strong Friday session translated into a fourth straight week. of gains. Better still, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) managed to just clear a major technical hurdle, and though it's ripe for some profit-taking, investors may finally be confident enough in the current rally to keep it going. The beginning of this week, however, is critical if the advance is going to last. We'll weigh the risks and rewards after a quick preview of this week's potentially[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 5, 2016, 9:45 AM

    VIX Death Cross Update

    VIX Death Cross Update

    This past week I got to attend CBOE’s Risk Management Conference in Florida and finished my week at Oklahoma State as a guest lecturer.  When I travel like this I am not watching the markets as closely as I would like and as I updated charts this morning I nervously scanned the numbers used to create the chart below.  I say nervously because I was afraid I had dropped the ball on catching the VIX Death Cross.  It turns out I updated charts just in time. Yesterday (3/4) was the[...]

  • Market News | Feb 23, 2016, 9:34 AM

    Why I Go to CBOE's Risk Management Conference

    Why I Go to CBOE's Risk Management Conference

    Next week is the CBOE Risk Management Conference, of all the events that are put on by different exchanges, associations and nonprofits, this is the only one that I absolutely refuse to miss.  Considering how great many great events there are, that is saying something but it is true for a multitude of reasons. For starters I learn a lot.  Last year there were sessions on trading VIX futures, trading SPX options, and trading equity options that I put to use almost immediately after returning[...]

  • Market News | Feb 22, 2016, 3:29 PM

    SPX Wednesday Weeklys Begin Trading on Feb. 23

    SPX Wednesday Weeklys Begin Trading on Feb. 23

    Beginning Tuesday, February 23, CBOE will list for trading weekly options on the S&P 500 Index which expire on Wednesdays (“SPX Wednesday Weeklys”). Like other SPXW options, SPX Wednesday Weeklys are series of the SPX option class. Key features of the SPX Wednesday Weeklys include – SPX Wednesday Weeklys may expire on any Wednesday of the month, other than a Wednesday that coincides with an End-of-Month (“EOM”) expiration date. SPX Wednesday Weeklys are PM-settled;[...]

  • Market News | Feb 22, 2016, 1:50 PM

    Weekly Market Outlook - Bias Is Overall Bullish Currently

    Weekly Market Outlook - Bias Is Overall Bullish Currently

    Even with Thursday's and Friday's lull, the shortened-trading week was a bullishly productive one. The S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) ended the week at 1917.78, up 2.8%. On the other hand, most of the major indices are now squarely in the middle of some pretty significant support and resistance levels - they need to make a stronger commitment to one direction or the other before becoming trade-worthy. The bias, though, is bullish in many ways. We'll dissect the market's upside and downside in a moment. [...]

  • Education | Feb 18, 2016, 4:53 PM

    Option Club Presentations Offered by The Options Institute

    Option Club Presentations Offered by The Options Institute

    Today I spent the afternoon with the Option Trading Strategies of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater group.  They meet once a month and allowed me to spend about an hour discussing volatility in the current market along with a wide range of other topics that resulted from the questions I fielded.  Option trading groups and clubs are among my favorite organizations to address as the members are often as passionate about the financial markets as I am. The Options Institute is dedicated[...]

  • Is VIX Approaching a Death Cross?

    Is VIX Approaching a Death Cross?

    I began my week updating charts and tables as I am heading to Tampa, FL to speak on options and then I’m off to Trader’s Expo in New York to deliver a couple of presentations.  The chart below, depicting the rolling 1 year and 5 year average closing prices for VIX is a favorite of mine.  I consider it a good depiction of the equity market shifting from a low to high volatility regime as the 1 year average approaches the 5 year average.  However, I noticed today that the[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 4, 2016, 6:09 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Bearish SPX Trade in Front of Employment Report

    Block Trade Analysis - Bearish SPX Trade in Front of Employment Report

    Tomorrow we get the first look at how the economy fared in January.  This insight comes with the release of the January Non-Farm Payrolls number.  I went searching for a trade or two executed late Thursday that may indicate a bullish or bearish market outlook in front of the number. I didn’t have to look too much to find an interesting trade..  Just before the SPX option market closed at 3:15 pm Chicago time there was a buyer of about 500 SPX Feb 26th 1920 Puts at 41.70. [...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Jan 29, 2016, 1:37 PM

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/29/16

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/29/16

    The market has finally stabilized to some extent.  Even though $SPX had wide swings in the past week, there was a net gain over the past five trading days. There is strong support at 1820 (see Figure 1), because that is where this January's decline halted, and where the declines of April and October 2014 also halted.   A breach of that area would be quite negative. Equity-only put-call ratios remain on sell signals.  There have been some attempts by the computer analysis programs[...]

  • Paper by Professor Bondarenko Has Intriguing New Analysis of the Premiums, Returns and Volatility of PUT and WPUT Indexes

    Paper by Professor Bondarenko Has Intriguing New Analysis of the Premiums, Returns and Volatility of PUT and WPUT Indexes

    A new 10-page study examines both the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT) and the CBOE S&P 500 One-Week PutWrite Index (WPUT), comparing their performances with that of traditional benchmark stock and bond indexes. This is the first comprehensive published study that examines the performance of a benchmark strategy index that incorporates WeeklysSM options. Written by Oleg Bondarenko, professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the study -- “An Analysis of Index Option[...]