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  • 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[...]

  • Mar 1, 2017, 1:00 PM

    Eight Charts Highlighting Growth in Options and VIX Futures

    Eight Charts Highlighting Growth in Options and VIX Futures

    Below are eight charts, all of which highlight growth related to options markets or VIX® futures. CHART #1 – GROWTH IN OPTIONS VOLUME ON 4 EXCHANGES Aggregate total options volume on four exchanges – Bats, CBOE, C-2, and EDGX – grew 27% from 2012 through 2016 – from 1.24 billion contracts to 1.57 billion contracts.   CHART #2 – GROWTH IN NOTIONAL VALUE OF VOLUME FOR SPX OPTIONS When instititional investors are considering portfolio management tools, often[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 19, 2017, 9:29 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 2/13 - 2/17

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 2/13 - 2/17

    We’ve experienced several twists in the volatility markets this year where the futures don’t move in sync or in line with spot VIX.  This occurred again last week as VIX rose almost 6% while the futures markets moved lower.  Part of this may be attributed to February going off the board, at least with respect to March, but the farther date futures had been a bit elevated this year, but with the lack of any sort of volatility event appear to have started to weigh on the farther[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trade Ideas | Feb 6, 2017, 9:14 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/30 - 2/3

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/30 - 2/3

    VXST dropped while the other three volatility indexes based on S&P 500 index option pricing rose slightly.  This all happened despite a rise in the S&P 500 last week.  Probably the most notable thing on the table below is the rise in VVIX despite the stock market and VIX not doing much last week.  Focusing on the VIX related ETPs shows that the trend of short volatility being the place to be in 2017 continues to hold up. Looking outside the broad-based index volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 6, 2017, 9:08 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/30 - 2/3

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/30 - 2/3

    VIX rose slightly last week while all standard futures contracts lost value.  February settlement is a week and a half off so the longer VIX remains in the 10’s the more drift lower we should expect out of the front month future.  As the front month starts to approach settlement date, VIX option traders start to focus on farther dated contracts, normally rolling to the following month.  However, it seems skipping March is in vogue among VIX traders with many of last week’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jan 18, 2017, 6:17 PM

    Volatility ETF Twice Nominated for 2016 ETF.com Awards

    Volatility ETF Twice Nominated for 2016 ETF.com Awards

    We all have our morning rituals and one of mine involves checking the daily ETF.Com email I receive at CBOE.  The top story was the nominations for the annual ETF.Com awards ceremony which is scheduled for March 30th in New York.  I went through the list of nominees highlighting partners of CBOE and was delighted to see the REX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (Ticker: VMAX) recognized with a nomination in two categories.  VMAX has been nominated for both Most Innovative[...]

  • VIX | Election & VIX | Jan 16, 2017, 6:53 AM

    Contrasting SPX and VIX - MLK Weekend 2016 and 2017

    Contrasting SPX and VIX - MLK Weekend 2016 and 2017

    2016 was a year lots of people would like to forget for a variety of reasons.  Personally, I had a great year and didn’t know any celebrities who will be celebrated posthumously at the various spring award shows.  If we go back 52 weeks to MLK weekend in 2016 the markets were about as opposite as they could be relative to where we are today. As a quick reminder, many market participants were nervous going into 2016, we had just experienced our first interest rate hike in years and[...]

  • Market News | Election & VIX | Jan 15, 2017, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/15/2017

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/15/2017

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. Data Exchange CBOE announced on January 6, that all its historical market data formerly operated by Market Data Express (MDX) has been migrated to the CBOE Livevol Data Shop.  This action combines a comprehensive source of options, equity and exchange-traded fund (ETF) data with the customizable services offered[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 15, 2017, 8:33 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/9 -  1/13

    There are two lines below although it may appear that there is only a purple line for parts of the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve.  In a round about way I’m saying not a lot happened in the world of S&P 500 option volatility last week. What really stands out on the table below is the price action of VVIX which rose over 12 points to finish the week over 90.  There were large buyers of February VIX call options last week which contributed to the rise[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 14, 2017, 5:43 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Last week VIX managed to finish the day below the 2016 closing low (11.27) twice.  If it were only Friday’s close I’d throw an asterisk in there for the three-day weekend effect, but there’s no holiday excuse for the Wednesday close of 11.26. This past week they (whoever ‘they’ are) couldn’t get enough of February VIX Calls.  On Friday, paper bought over 60,000 VIX Feb 21 Calls for 0.49.  On Thursday, there were three block trades of[...]

  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    It was a quiet week for the markets with a lack of economic data, the earnings calendar being light (that changes next week) and our president elect speaking to the press but not making statements to impact the equity markets too much.  The result was a 0.35% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT) and a drop of 0.04% for large cap stocks as represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI). The next chart is a regular feature in this space.  I decided since the premium of the CBOE Russell 2000[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 11, 2017, 2:38 PM

    Getting the 2017 Party Started

    Getting the 2017 Party Started

    The cliffhanger last time involved the $6.50 put for UVXY expiring this Friday, January 13th.  I had sold twenty contracts on January 4th for premium received of $0.18 each.  It turns out that I got nervous about this put when UVXY touched 6.57 later that day.  I knew I had time, but I also believed that the nature of UVXY was not on my side, and I began plotting to trade out of these options and eventually replace them with more advantageous ones. It turns out I didn't have to wait[...]

  • Market News | 2016 Recap | Jan 10, 2017, 12:00 PM

    Five Volatility Market Lessons from 2016

    Five Volatility Market Lessons from 2016

    To be successful in any field we all need to keep learning.  My job involves staying on top of all things index and volatility related which means I am always gaining new insights about the markets.  Looking back at 2016, VIX settled into lower levels after starting the year hitting the mid-20’s as the stock market sold off.  Despite the relatively tame behavior from VIX, there were some lessons to be learned last year. Number 1 – Non-Fundamental Volatility Spikes Before[...]

  • VIX | Education | Jan 8, 2017, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/8/2017

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/8/2017

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. New Year, New Outlook   The beginning of a new year is an ideal time for investors to assess the state of their portfolios. Besides eating better, joining the health club and cleaning out the closet, here are some resolutions options investors may want to add to their list in 2017. “7 New Year’s[...]

  • Market News | Jan 7, 2017, 5:09 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/3 - 1/6

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/3 - 1/6

    With the stock market kicking off 2017 on a bullish note VIX tested the 2016 closing low finishing the week 0.05 above last year’s low of 11.27.  The futures followed suit, especially the January contract which goes off the board two days before the 45th man to ascend to the presidency does so on January 20th. I was checking in on the Weekly VIX futures and options activity last week and came across an interesting set of numbers.  The chart below highlights the at-the-money[...]