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  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 5, 2016, 12:17 PM

    Whistling Over the Bridge

    Whistling Over the Bridge

    At my last writing I had taken an accounting-sheet loss by simply exchanging one security for a comparable one and then selling some options against that position with the intention of bringing in some extra return on that position.  Refresher: Converted to: (shown after just a few minutes as the position immediately resumed producing red ink): Well, what happened to those during the earthquake that was election night and the days leading up to it?  I said I'd report back on my bag of[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Oct 31, 2016, 7:04 PM

    Trick Now, Treat Later

    Trick Now, Treat Later

    After having a pretty good week shorting anything with a ticker (no, not really - just a few select names) and getting away with it, I got caught with my shorts up on Friday afternoon.  Who can predict green ticks higher than the Empire State Building that materialize while you're waiting by the microwave for coffee to warm?  So I decided to transmogrify the offending position into a Frankenstein's monster of sorts, fitting for the candy festival otherwise known as October 31st. I booked[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Election & VIX | Oct 30, 2016, 12:36 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 10/24 - 10/28

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 10/24 - 10/28

    As a good number, but not all (some of us are White Sox fans) of the traders on the floor at CBOE were starting to think about where they were going to be that evening to watch Game 3 of the World Series, some news broke that shook the equity markets.  I don’t need to regurgitate all that here.  In fact, regurgitate is a good word to describe the election process this year. The curve below is partially a result of the uncertainty around the election, but also reflects a relationship[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Jul 21, 2016, 2:36 PM

    The Clean-Plate Club

    The Clean-Plate Club

    Little did I know how soon I'd be back to report on the status of the last line of my most recent post - specifically my declared hope/dream to be rid of the SVXY that became like a pebble in my shoe. Yesterday (July 20th), when VIX scraped low in the elevens and SPX scaled a steep hill, I starting thinking about and fearing a future that might not include SVXY prices more attractive than those I was seeing point-blank.  Biting the bullet and sweating through the pain, I sold all shares of[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2016, 7:36 AM

    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and...VIX shortcake

    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and...VIX shortcake

    If you can't wear shorts in the summer, when can you?  At the time of my last writing, I was showing off a pair:  TVIX and UVXY, which everyone knows are really just two legs of the same thing (for my purposes, anyway).  Even though I had donned one leg before the other (I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else), I took them both off in one motion, as such: But only one day later, my thoughts were consumed in the following manner: From WikiHow's "How[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 5, 2016, 4:49 PM

    Profiting from the Side Dishes

    Profiting from the Side Dishes

    If it sounded like I had a little trick up my sleeve upon hastily closing my last post with a promise of quick and interesting updates, here's a confession:  Yes, one typing hand closed the post while the other was closing my TVIX short (see detail below). Crown jewel of June 21st, an otherwise lackluster day Everyone who lived through it will agree that nothing in particular happened on June 21st, but somehow I got a little shaken up inside and decided it was a good idea to close[...]

  • Put the Short Premium in the Bag

    Put the Short Premium in the Bag

    The tale of October happens to be the tale of my friend, "Mr. G," and what he did to turn $39,727.47 on September 30th into $56,239.25 on October 31st.  How's that for some trick-or-treat plunder? Here is the breakdown, separated by types of trades, of which there were only a few.  I'll number the types and show the dates and entry and exit points. 1. The greatest number of trades were made by selling short shares of TVIX on different dates between September 22nd and October 23rd,[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Oct 19, 2015, 3:40 PM

    Closing a Volatility Short + Selling an Inverse Volatility Strangle

    Closing a Volatility Short + Selling an Inverse Volatility Strangle

    Let's check back on the progress of a trade last mentioned two posts ago.  This could be described as one of my favorite games ever, formally called "shorting the ultra-long volatility."  I've dabbled in both TVIX and UVXY recently, and the October 6th post illustrated some meat carved off the bone from the eleven-ish level on TVIX down to $9.48, when I just could not resist taking a bite.  To the tune of $651. Never one to be happy with a clean plate, I loaded the plate[...]

  • Market News | Oct 6, 2015, 11:31 AM

    Book It While It's Hot

    Book It While It's Hot

    When we last left off, I wrote in detail about the long calls I bought for SVXY.  I still have those, and the update is that while they traded for only $4.64 each at the time last mentioned (versus my $8.50 buying price), the bid/ask on those has risen to $7.00/$8.30 as of this writing, with the last trade recorded at $7.49.  I keep under consideration the idea (translated: I can't wait) of getting out of these calls as soon as I can do so for even money.  All right; it's not really[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Sep 19, 2015, 5:42 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/14 - 9/18

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/14 - 9/18

    All four of the S&P 500 oriented volatility indexes dropped last week as we finally got the September FOMC meeting behind us.  At this point there are two more meetings in 2015.  What I find interesting is VXV, which is a measure of 3 month expected volatility held up more than the other three indexes.  It just so happens that 3 months from this week is also the final FOMC meeting of the year. In the ETN space, VXX, UVXY, and TVIX gave up more of the recent gains despite the VIX[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jun 19, 2015, 2:32 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/19/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/19/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. VIX Trading Going Global The interconnectedness of today’s global markets is underscored by the impact that macroeconomic incidents in one corner of the world have on another.  Volatility doesn’t sleep, and now, neither does trading VIX (and SPX) options. “CBOE Extends VIX and SPX Options Trading[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jun 10, 2015, 12:39 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.10.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.10.15

    Volatility as an asset class Netflix (NFLX) is recently up $35.57 to $682.60 as shares trade at a record high on UBS raising its price target to $722 from $600 citing international launches, its superior content position, solid subscriber growth and reasonable valuation. June weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, June is at 30, July is at 40, October is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 87. Johnson Controls (JCI) is recenlty up $2.74 to $54.30 after announcing that it is exploring[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jun 10, 2015, 8:44 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 6.10.15

    Blogging Options:  CBOE Morning Update 6.10.15

    Volatility as an asset class Netflix (NFLX) is recently up $7.55 to $654.70 in the premarket after UBS raised its price target to $722 from $600 citing international launches, its superior content position, solid subscriber growth and reasonable valuation. June weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 27, July is at 40, October is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 87. Tesla (TSLA) is recently down 50c to $255.50 in the premarket after announcing the retirement of CFO[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jun 9, 2015, 1:37 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.9.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.9.15

    Volatility as an asset class IShares Barclay 20+ YR Treasury ETF (TLT) is recently down 58c to $116.90 into FOMC meeting on June 16-17. June weekly call option implied volatility is at 16, June is at 17, July and August is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 9 to 18. Proshares UltraShort Barc 20 Year Treasury ETF (TBT) is recently up 50c to $50.78. June weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, June is at 33, July is at 31, August is at 32, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jun 9, 2015, 8:56 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 6.9.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 6.9.15

    Volatility as an asset class Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is recently up $2.23 to $63.60 in the premarket after raising FY15 EPS to $1.86-$1.91 from $1.85-$1.90, compared to consensus $1.93. June weekly call option implied volatility is at 105, June is at 68, September is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 62. H&R Block (HRB) is recently down 19c to $31.09 in the premarket reporting FY15 EPS $1.75, compared to consensus $1.73.  June call option implied volatility is at 33, July[...]