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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 24, 2015, 8:20 PM

    VIX and Volatility Markets Today - 8/24/2015

    VIX and Volatility Markets Today - 8/24/2015

    First, a quick discussion of the VIX quotes from early today.  Just as the equity market opened the S&P 500 E-mini futures went limit down.  Market makers in the SPX pit at CBOE use the futures for hedging purposes so it was difficult for the traders in the pit to asses where the equity market was going and this created a pause is quoting.  Following the limit down situation there was spotty quoting in SPX and SPXW options so VIX values were not being disseminated.  The VIX[...]

  • Market News | Futures | Aug 24, 2015, 8:27 AM

    Record Volume Day for CBOE and SPX Options, as VIX Index Has Its Biggest One-Week Jump

    Record Volume Day for CBOE and SPX Options, as VIX Index Has Its Biggest One-Week Jump

    This past week the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose 118.5%, its largest move ever (in percentage terms) in one calendar week. On Friday CBOE®, C2 Exchange and the CBOE’s S&P 500® (SPX) options all experienced record volume days, with estimated volume of 11 million options contracts traded on CBOE.  A news report at Marketwatch noted –“Across the globe, investors dumped anything with a whiff of “risk” as an economic slowdown in China accelerates,[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Aug 23, 2015, 11:05 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/17 - 8/21

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/17 - 8/21

    Small cap stocks held up (generous term here) well versus large cap stocks last week.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 4.61% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 5.73%.  The drop for RUI was the biggest one week lost since mid-September 2011.  For the year RUT and RUI are down 3.98% and 3.89% respectively.  I’m going to say that’s a tie with just over four months to go. With RUT holding up relative to RUI small cap risk, as measured by the CBOE Russell[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Aug 22, 2015, 12:36 PM

    The Week in VIX - 8/17 - 8/21

    The Week in VIX - 8/17 - 8/21

    VIX more than doubled last week in what was the biggest week over week percent change for VIX in history. Specifically VIX rose 118% from Friday to Friday.   This past week was August settlement week for VIX futures and options. In the past this would mean that the next expiring future would have weeks of trading left. However, we now have VIX Weeklys trading at the CBOE Futures Exchange. More on that in a minute. The curve shifted higher and into backwardation last week. The cheapest future[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 22, 2015, 11:22 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/17 - 8/21

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/17 - 8/21

    The S&P 500 was down 5.77% and S&P 500 related volatility indexes did exactly what traders would expect. They shot higher and the curve became as inverted as it has been in the last three to four years. I’m pretty sure the last time the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve was in this sort of backwardation was in August 2011. For the record VXST was up 231%, VIX rose 118%, VXV gained 51%, and VXMT was higher by about 34% for the week.   Before the week began, XIV[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Aug 21, 2015, 3:16 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/21/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/21/2015

    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. Eureka!!! CBOE in collaboration with Eurekahedge has launched 4 new benchmark indexes measuring the performance of volatility-based investment strategies.  For more information on these indexes visit www.cboe.com/eurekahedge “CBOE adds hedge fund volatility benchmarks” – Alice Attwood, FOW http://bit.ly/1JanwhU “CBOE[...]

  • Market News | Aug 21, 2015, 12:51 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Will the FOMC Lift the Lid on the Federal Fund Target Rate?

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Will the FOMC Lift the Lid on the Federal Fund Target Rate?

      Federal Funds Target Rate and Treasury Volatility With 26 days left until the September 16th meeting of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, and signals for U.S. rates diverging amid continued China and Europe economic weakness, it is still uncertain whether the FOMC will lift the lid on the federal funds target rate (FFTR) on September 16 or later. The FOMC is concerned that a rate hike will stall the U.S. economy and market participants are concerned that a rate hike will depress Treasuries[...]

  • Trader Talk | Aug 19, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Long August VIX Puts Into Expiration

    Long August VIX Puts Into Expiration

    Author's note - over the weekend I discussed the price behavior of VIX futures and options into monthly settlement.  I start this blog off restating the idea behind this sort of trade and then follow up with the outcome based on Tuesday closing prices and today's August VIX Settlement of 14.78.  The Backstory Something I have been watching for some time is the futures pricing relative to spot VIX the Friday before settlement. The spread, when very little is going on, is usually about a[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Aug 17, 2015, 7:29 PM

    The Bull Market Lives! Long Live the Bull Market...

    The Bull Market Lives!  Long Live the Bull Market...

    ...or at least through the end of this week.  After that I'll be ready for anything else, but please - whatever is keeping volatility low - stay stable for a few more days. My escapades this month started on August 3rd, when I thought I'd draw a line in the sand for UVXY.  See chart below. UVXY was in the $25 range that day and its fraternal twin VIX was in the low 12s. I calculated that UVXY was unlikely to sink as low as $24 during the next two weeks, and wrote puts at that strike for[...]

  • Market News | Aug 17, 2015, 10:51 AM

    Healthy Correction? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Healthy Correction? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Stocks may have made a gain last week, but it was a hard-fought victory, and may have exposed just how vulnerable the market is right now. And, this week's trading will start out where last week's left off... within easy reach of some critical support levels, and in the shadow of still-waning momentum. We'll discuss it all - and show you - below, right after a quick rundown of last week's and this week's major economic announcements. Economic Data Last week was a rather busy one in terms of economic[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Aug 16, 2015, 5:45 AM

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Large cap stocks eked out a win last week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) rising 0.69% versus a 0.48% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT). The chart below indexes the performance for RUI and RUT to 100 at the beginning of 2015 for an apples to apples comparison. Despite RUT and RUI basically performing in line with each other, large cap risk, as indicated by index option pricing, dropped a bit relative to small cap risk. The chart below displays the percent premium of the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility[...]

  • Market News | Aug 15, 2015, 10:42 AM

    The Week in VIX - 8/10 - 8/14

    The Week in VIX - 8/10 - 8/14

    The S&P 500 rose slightly last week and the VIX curve was dramatically unchanged. Unchanged is an exaggeration, but in the four years that I have been posting blogs about VIX, this is the smallest week over week change I can remember. Something I have been watching for some time is the futures pricing relative to spot VIX the Friday before settlement. The spread, when very little is going on, is usually about a point of premium in the soon to expire VIX future relative to the index.[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 15, 2015, 8:37 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/10 - 8/14

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/10 - 8/14

    Three out of four volatility indexes calculated using S&P 500 Index options to determine a consistent measure of implied volatility were lower last week. For all of 2015 the father dated volatility indexes have been elevated relative to VXST and VIX. We are now approaching a time where the potential for a rate hike is closing in. That may be the reason VXV held up last week while the other three indexes dropped. The stock market had a rocky ride, but finished the week higher. Everyone’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Aug 14, 2015, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/14/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/14/2015

    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 Weeklys All The Buzz After the launch of VIX weekly futures contracts in July, investors won’t have long to wait until VIX Weeklys options are launched on October 8.  These contracts offer market participants a more precise hedging tool around event-driven trading. “CBOE to Launch Weekly VIX Options[...]

  • VIX | Aug 14, 2015, 2:40 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Nothing Like a Yuan Devaluation to Invigorate Volatility

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Nothing Like a Yuan Devaluation to Invigorate Volatility

    After last week’s doldrums, the Chinese government’s surprise devaluation of the yuan breathed life into CBOE’s VIX Suite: VIX, TYVIX, EUVIX, BPVIX and JYVIX. Volatilities fluctuated as the events of the week unfolded – initially climbing on Tuesday when the devaluation occurred and prompted a number of analysts to suggest the Federal Reserve’s target rate increase could be deferred to next year. Volatilities in VIX and TYVIX subsided somewhat in midweek following mostly[...]