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  • Market News | Trader Talk | Aug 14, 2015, 2:28 PM

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    The Russell 2000 similar to the broader market, whipped around this week. The Index closed last night (Thursday)  around the low of the day - 1,204.74. Early today (Friday) RUT is barely budging at 1,205, but the options are really on the move. The CBOE RVX, which measures implied volatility going 30 days out, also has an anxious feel this week. The RVX Index topped 21 earlier this week, closed last night at 18.54 and today is 18.62 as uncertainty builds about what's next for RUT and[...]

  • Market News | Education | Aug 7, 2015, 4:14 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Is Fed Fatigue Setting In?

    TYVIX Weekly Review: Is Fed Fatigue Setting In?

      As market participants returned to the view this week that a September (rather than December) fed fund hike may be more likely, backed up in part by an as-expected U.S. July employment report on Friday, expected Treasury volatility measures through December 2015 decreased, but just barely. At week’s end, the TYVIX Index was still about 1 index point below its value at the beginning of July, as were futures on TYVIX.  This suggests the 10-Year Treasury market is indifferent to whether[...]

  • CBOE Continues to Empower Investors with its Acquisition of Livevol, Inc. Technology

    CBOE Continues to Empower Investors with its Acquisition of Livevol, Inc. Technology

    Today is a fantastic and exciting day for CBOE Holdings and Livevol, Inc., but more importantly for the sophisticated investor community who trade equity and index options.  As you may know, the CBOE announced today that its acquisition of the market data services and trading analytics platforms of Livevol, Inc. has officially closed.  Livevol is the leader and industry authority on equity and index options technology and market data services, which are widely used by both institutional[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Aug 7, 2015, 2:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/7/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/7/2015

    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. Weeklys: A Better Hedge? After CBOE first introduced Weeklys options in 2005, their popularity as an event-driven, short-term hedge has grown steadily.  Investors now have the ability to trade Weeklys on VIX futures and, beginning in October, Weeklys on VIX options. “The Case for Shorter Expirations”[...]

  • Education | Aug 6, 2015, 12:46 PM

    DIARY of a FIRST TIME TRADER – Oops I did it again!

    DIARY of a FIRST TIME TRADER – Oops I did it again!

    So I just started trading…about 2 weeks ago.  I’d been thinking about it for years, I’ve watched thousands of options videos.  Literally thousands!  I’m the producer of CBOETV so, yeah, I’ve created…edited…filmed…reviewed ohhhhhhhh about 10K options related videos.  BUT I’d never placed a single options trade.  I decided it was time to stop buying shoes, and start trading options! Of all the strategy content I’ve[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jul 31, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/31/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/31/2015

    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 Options Are Coming Following the successful launch of VIX Weeklys futures, CBOE has announced plans to list VIX Weeklys options beginning October 8th, offering market participants more opportunities to trade VIX.  Weeklys offer investors short-term protection, as well as the ability to fine-tune the[...]

  • Market News | Education | Jul 31, 2015, 1:44 PM

    Volatility of VXTY Futures in an Illiquid Treasury Market

    Volatility of VXTY Futures in an Illiquid Treasury Market

    A recurring topic of discussion among market participants is how illiquid the Treasury market has become and what impact this will have on volatility.   In particular, there is concern over a possible repeat of the “flash crash” of October 15, 2014, when a surge of volume in the CME’s 10-year Treasury futures pushed down Treasury yields and added two index points to the TYVIX Index in the course of 15 minutes. Figure 1. TYVIX on October 15, 2014  From the point of[...]

  • Trade Ideas | Jul 30, 2015, 1:36 PM

    $EA Sports: It's In The Game

    $EA Sports:  It's In The Game

    Editor’s note:  We would like to welcome Park Research LLC @ParkResearch to the CBOE Options Hub family with their look at EA earnings in front of their report after the close today. Electronic Arts will have their earnings released after Thursday’s closing. While we tend to think of an earnings release as a binary event – and more than not it is – we can also use the historical information to assess how investors and traders tend to react to the news. Let’s take[...]

  • Market News | Jul 29, 2015, 2:21 PM

    Earnings Analysis: Attention on $DECK

    Earnings Analysis:  Attention on $DECK

    Editor's note:  We would like to welcome Park Research LLC @ParkResearch to the CBOE Options Hub family with their look at DECK in front of tomorrow's earnings report.  Now just about every trader knows that both $GOOGL and $NFLX blew out of the water. So, which earnings trade has potential like that this week? Most traders might guess that $AAPL or $AMZN might be just that stock. And that’s very possible. However, I believe that this other stock has potential to blow premium sellers[...]

  • Market News | Jul 27, 2015, 11:22 AM

    Where Is The Floor? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Where Is The Floor? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Once the bearish ball got rolling last week, it got rolling in spades. In retrospect, however, the pullback makes sense in terms of when, where, and why. The S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) as well as the NASDAQ Composite (COMP) both bumped into major technical ceilings, and right on cue, began a retreat that likely isn't over yet. We'll dissect the breakdown below, as always. First though, we need to run down last week's and this week's key economic numbers. Economic Data Though a light week in terms of[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jul 24, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/24/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/24/2015

    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. A 24/7 VIX? VIX futures are available for trading nearly 24 hours a day….is it time for the VIX Index to be calculated around the clock? “The Case for a 24-Hour VIX” – Steven M. Sears, Barron’s http://on.barrons.com/1JfHYle VIX Futures Weeklys Are Here The CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) launched[...]

  • Market News | Jul 24, 2015, 2:17 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review – 7/24/2015

    TYVIX Weekly Review – 7/24/2015

    A Lull in Volatility This week there was a pause in the “Euro ex-Greece” crisis and the plunge in Shanghai stock prices. In addition, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress in her semi-annual testimony last week that the first Fed Fund target rate increase will come in 2015, and this week’s economic calendar was light. No wonder there was a lull in volatility. TYVIX, CBOE’s real-time benchmark for Treasury volatility, decreased to 5.37 from 6.69 last Friday, which[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 23, 2015, 2:49 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 by Jackie Schuler

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 by Jackie Schuler

    Editors note – Jackie Schuler is a rising Junior at Purdue University and is working as an intern this summer at The Options Institute.  She’s focused on helping Russell Rhoads with compiling this weekly earnings blog, searching out block trades to use as examples in classes, and developing programs focused on the next generation of option traders. It turns out next week has a busier earnings calendar than the current week.  Russell certainly picked a good time to leave[...]

  • Market News | Jul 20, 2015, 11:55 AM

    Russell 2000 Index Lags on Today’s Rally

    Russell 2000 Index Lags on Today’s Rally

    The momentum in technology and health care stocks continue to lead the large cap U.S. equity market higher.  Alternatively, the Russell 2000 small cap index is trading lower as today’s price action is hovering down towards its 50 day moving average (1258.11). The divergence between the small cap and large cap indices is reflected in their respective volatility indexes. The RVX – VIX spread chart highlights a widening spread as RVX +.49  higher and VIX -.35 from Friday’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jul 17, 2015, 1:55 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/17/15

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/17/15

    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: A Global Company To better serve CBOE’s growing international client base, the company has promoted Andy Lowenthal to lead its Business Development for CBOE, CFE, and Livevol, who will focus on its expanding global client services. “CBOE’s Andy Lowenthal to lead business development for CBOE,[...]

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