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  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Oct 2, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/03/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 10/03/2015

    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. CBOE RMC Europe Recap CBOE hosted its 4th annual CBOE RMC Europe from Monday through Wednesday this week.  Over 175 industry professionals gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the latest products and strategies for managing risk, enhancing yields and lowering portfolio volatility.  EQ Derivatives was[...]

  • Market News | Oct 2, 2015, 2:27 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Treasury Volatility Is On Sale

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Treasury Volatility Is On Sale

      Treasury Volatility Is On Sale   Market participants perceive a lack of liquidity in the Treasury market and are concerned that more frequent volatility flashes will ensue. Yet Treasury traders appear complacent about short-term Treasury volatility, and are not pricing it high. The price of Treasury volatility is reflected in the spread between expected Treasury volatility (the CBOE TYVIX Index) and realized Treasury volatility. The average value of the spread represents the premium[...]

  • Market News | Oct 2, 2015, 11:26 AM

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 10/2/15

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary 10/2/15

    Despite a couple of rough days this week, buy signals have emerged from our short-term oversold indicators, and so we have a more bullish outlook for the short term but not necessarily for the intermediate- term. $SPX has retested the August lows and formed a "W" bottom, so that is support at 1870. A violation of that area would force a retest of the October lows at 1820. A move above 2000 would be bulllish. Put-call ratios turned bullish just over a week ago, and they remain on buy signals[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Strategy | Oct 1, 2015, 11:35 AM

    Interest Rate Volatility and TYVIX Discussed at RMC Europe

    Interest Rate Volatility and TYVIX Discussed at RMC Europe

    On Wednesday, September 30, in Geneva, Switzerland at the Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe, two experts – (1) Maneesh Deshpande, Managing Director and Head of Equity Derivatives Strategy, Barclays, and (2) David Rogal, Director and Portfolio Manager, BlackRock-- engaged in a discussion of - Focus on Interest Rate Volatility VIX versus TYVIX CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index: Similarities and differences Comparing volatility risk premia in rates[...]

  • Market News | Sep 28, 2015, 11:33 AM

    Bears Remain In Charge - Weekly Market Outlook

    Bears Remain In Charge - Weekly Market Outlook

    Despite a couple of efforts to shrug it off, the market could never quite snap the downtrend that was put into place by a key reversal bar two Fridays ago. In fact, the fact that Friday's rally efforts were thwarted at a well-established line in the sand suggests the bulls remain on the defensive. The flipside: The bears didn't exactly do any real technical damage when they had a chance to do so Thursday. We'll look at both sides of the coin, as always, after a brief run-down of last week's and this[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 27, 2015, 2:20 PM

    New White Paper Discusses Volatility as a Small Cap Portfolio Hedge

    New White Paper Discusses Volatility as a Small Cap Portfolio Hedge

    A new white paper from our partners over at Russell Indexes Research discusses the merits of using futures on the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) to hedge small cap risk.  In the paper “RVX futures as a hedge for small cap-specific risk” Barry Feldman covers volatility products that are currently available to hedge downside risk in equity portfolios and then goes on to compare using VIX futures and RVX futures to hedge a small cap focused portfolio. Feldman uses the market[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 27, 2015, 7:01 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/21 - 9/25

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/21 - 9/25

    For the previous couple of weeks small cap stocks were the place to be.  That fad came to an abrupt end last week as the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropped almost 3.5%.  Over the same period of time the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) was lower by 1.57%.  In addition to trailing RUI for the week, RUT is now 6.8% lower for 2015 while the RUI is down 5.92%. For a while it appeared the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) was going to return to ‘normal’ levels when compared[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 26, 2015, 2:05 PM

    The Week in VIX - 9/21 - 9/25

    The Week in VIX - 9/21 - 9/25

    The S&P 500 lost just over 1% and VIX rose 6% and the standard near dated futures were higher as well, but lagged a bit.  This resulted in the curve a bit more backward than it was a week ago. On the short dated futures front the contract expiring this coming Wednesday finished the week at a small discount to VIX while a week ago the contract that settled this past Wednesday was at a slight premium to VIX.  I’m still getting familiar with the short dated curve which move from[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Sep 26, 2015, 10:44 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/21 - 9/25

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/21 - 9/25

    With the drop in the S&P 500 last week the market continues to be on edge.  This is reflected in the uniform move higher in the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve from last week.  Note the ‘bump’ remains on the VXV data point which represents 3 month implied volatility.  This time frame is the first on the chart below to come after the last two Fed meetings in 2015.  It will be interesting to see if a change in the shape curve coincides with the approach[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Sep 25, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/25/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/25/2015

    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. Bonds Are At It Again There is considerable uncertainty in the interest rate markets creating a volatile, yet fragile, bond market.   Global asset managers can watch the “interest rate VIX” – the CBOE/CBOT 10-Year US Treasury Note Volatility Index (TYVIX) -- for clues. “The TYVIX Index:[...]

  • Market News | Sep 25, 2015, 1:38 PM

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary: Volatility Has Generally Been Trendless

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary: Volatility Has Generally Been Trendless

    The $SPX chart remains bearish. During the oversold rally that failed at the 2000 level, an upward trend line had developed on the $SPX chart, connecting the daily lows since the 1870 bottom. That trend line was broken decisively this week, as $SPX fell back below its 20-day moving average. For now, the $SPX chart is bearish as long as it remains below the broken trend line (see Figure 1). Put-call ratios are bullish. Figures 2 & 3 show that both equity-only put-call ratios have rolled over and[...]

  • Market News | Sep 25, 2015, 11:54 AM

    TYVIX Weekly Report: VIX Indexes Heat Up by Economic News from China; Yellen Speaks

    TYVIX Weekly Report: VIX Indexes Heat Up by Economic News from China; Yellen Speaks

      Expected volatility exploded last month, on August 24, after the Shanghai 300 Index dropped by 8.75 percent, its steepest year-to-date move.  On Tuesday of this week, the change in the Shanghai Index from Monday’s close was a benign .93 percent, but news of a contraction in China’s manufacturing sector, as measured by the Caixin/Markit China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI), was worrisome enough to turn around the majority of VIX indexes.[...]

  • Market News | Sep 22, 2015, 10:00 AM

    The Fed Blinked, and That Wasn't a Good Thing

    The Fed Blinked, and That Wasn't a Good Thing

    We can all take heart that the Fed is still supporting the global markets. But if the message of the market is any indication, then this may be the wrong approach.  I suspect this was a contentious meeting, the committee struggling with a pivot to tighter policy.  Simply put, the current funds rate near zero has been in place for more than six years, and while the recovery is not anything hoped for, extremely generous policy has passed its time.  The market remains confused by policy[...]

  • Market News | Sep 21, 2015, 5:08 PM

    RMC Europe Day 1 Preview

    RMC Europe Day 1 Preview

    On Monday September 28th the European version of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference kicks off with Matt Moran and Bill Speth from CBOE discussing the wide variety of Benchmark Indexes calculated and disseminated by CBOE.  The theme to this discussion could be something old and something new.  CBOE was the pioneer in creating strategy benchmark indexes with the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index.  This and a handful of other established[...]

  • Market News | Sep 21, 2015, 10:45 AM

    Markets, Fed & The Dollar - Weekly Market Outlook 

    Markets, Fed & The Dollar - Weekly Market Outlook 

    What started out as a fairly bullish week didn't end as one. The Federal Reserve's decision to not raise the nation's key interest rate inspired just enough doubt about the health of the global economy to send stocks lower on Friday. It was just enough of a stumble to pull stocks back into the red for the entire week. And yet, there's still a way for the pullback to stop before it gets started in earnest. We'll dissect that narrow path below, after taking a look at last week's key economic numbers. Economic[...]