Rhoads-Russell

Russell Rhoads, CFA

Russell Rhoads, CFA, is Director, Product Advancement, Global Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets. His career before joining Cboe included positions at a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, Balyasny Asset Management, and Millennium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing. He is the author of six market related books including Trading VIX Derivatives, Option Spread Trading, Trading Weekly Options, and Options Strategies for Advisors and Institutions. He authored material to be included in Level II of the CFA program and material for the CMT designation. In addition to his duties at Cboe, he is an adjunct instructor at Loyola University. He is a double graduate of the University of Memphis with a BBA ('92) and an MS ('94) in Finance and also received a Master's Certificate in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Tech in 2003. Russell is currently pursuing a PhD from Oklahoma State University with an expected graduation date in the Summer of 2018.

  • Market News | Jan 7, 2017, 11:27 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/3 - 1/6

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/3 - 1/6

    S&P 500 implied volatility was lower across all four time periods that are measured by CBOE Volatility Indexes last week.  VXST finished the week at 9.19 which is actually a tad higher than the low for 2016.  VIX also finished near the 2016 low of 11.27 but finished 0.05 above that level.  As a Trump presidency looms over the markets, with all the rhetoric and fear of what this means for the world, it’s a bit amazing market volatility is so low. The table below[...]

  • Market News | Jan 7, 2017, 9:05 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility 1/3 - 1/6

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility 1/3 - 1/6

    The year started out in a similar fashion to the way it ended in 2016 with the Russell 2000 (RUT) out-performing the Russell 1000 (RUI) after the first two trading days of 2017.  However, the first week of the new year ended with RUI putting up some strong numbers and RUT even losing value on Friday while RUI was higher on the day. I included the last six months of 2016 on the chart below to give some perspective on the relative premium of the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 6, 2017, 10:10 AM

    Earnings Next Week 1/9 - 1/13

    Earnings Next Week 1/9 - 1/13

    One more week until earnings season kicks in.  In the mean time we have three major financials releasing numbers on Friday 13th.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in italics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  Finally, double check the earnings dates as not all were confirmed.

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 3, 2017, 11:04 AM

    Earnings Week of 1/3 - 1/6

    Earnings Week of 1/3 - 1/6

    A very small but mighty list with MON and WBA reporting Thursday before the open.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in italics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  Finally, double check the earnings dates as not all were confirmed.

  • Big Option Activity and Bullish Social Media Sentiment Before Today's KATE Rally

    Big Option Activity and Bullish Social Media Sentiment Before Today's KATE Rally

    Shares of Kate Spade (KATE) made a mid-day headline grabbing move as news came out saying the company was considering putting itself up for sale.  A couple of things happened before the news that have people talking.  The first was in the option market where a few minutes before the stock rallied there were a few very well timed call option purchases.  The time and sales below highlights some of the bigger trades from today. Data Source: LiveVol Pro The buy of just under 2,000 KATE[...]

  • VIX | 2016 Recap | Dec 23, 2016, 1:56 PM

    History Lesson - VIX at Year's End

    History Lesson - VIX at Year's End

    I have been banned from CBOE until next year due to an abundance of days off.  However, I can still play with numbers and I decided to take a look at what VIX does on average between the last trading day before Christmas and the first trading day of the following year.  This first chart takes the average action from 1990 to 2015.  I found it pretty interesting that on average VIX actually rises (18.46 to 19.87), but upon further reflection the dampening impact of holidays getting out[...]

  • Market News | Dec 22, 2016, 9:26 AM

    Block Trade Analysis IWM Bull Put Spread

    Block Trade Analysis IWM Bull Put Spread

    While playing email catch up today I came across an interesting question.  Someone noticed that as the market was nearing the close this past Friday (12/16) someone came in and put on a sizable trade using options on the iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM).  With IWM at 135.90 there was a seller of 11,800 IWM Mar 17th 110 Puts for 0.48 who then purchased the IWM Mar 17th 92 Puts for 0.09 and a net credit of 0.39.  The payoff at March expiration appears below. The long 110 strike[...]

  • Market News | Dec 18, 2016, 9:58 AM

    Weekend Review Volatility Indexes and ETPs 12/12 - 12/16

    Weekend Review Volatility Indexes and ETPs 12/12 - 12/16

    I always lead off this blog with a chart showing the week over week change in the four volatility indexes based on S&P 500 Index (SPX) option pricing.  Just for the heck of it I took a look at what the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve did this time last year when we also experienced a rate hike.  On the left below is last year’s price change and on the right is what happened last week.  It is like night and day, in fact based on week over week changes in implied[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Election & VIX | 2016 Recap | Dec 17, 2016, 2:53 PM

    Weekend Review VIX Options and Futures 12/12 - 12/16

    Weekend Review VIX Options and Futures 12/12 - 12/16

    VIX was up slightly last week despite the markets having a relatively muted response to the first rate hike from the FOMC in just under a year.  The December VIX futures which expire this coming Wednesday actually dropped a bit as they had been slightly elevated relative to spot VIX.  One would never think the markets digested a rate hike last week by looking at the volatility market price action below. Wednesday last week there was a trader who decided volatility is going[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 17, 2016, 1:54 PM

    Weekend Review Russell 2000 Options and Volatility 12/12 - 12/16

    Weekend Review Russell 2000 Options and Volatility 12/12 - 12/16

    Small caps finally came under pressure last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) down about 2% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) finished basically flat on the week.  For the year RUT is still dominating up just over 20% while RUI is up a respectable 10.6% for 2016. The relative levels between the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) and VIX narrowed as RVX dropped last week and VIX rose.  Relative to most of 2016 the premium is still a bit high. Friday this past[...]

  • Exploring the Rare Action in the S&P 500 Put / Call Ratio

    Exploring the Rare Action in the S&P 500 Put / Call Ratio

    Yesterday, astute market observer and Options Institute Instructor Kevin Davitt pointed out that the SPX Put Call Ratio had closed under 1.00 three days this month (Dec 7th, Dec 8th, and Dec 13th).  I knew this was a rarity, but didn’t realized how rare it was for this ratio to close below 1.00.  In fact, it has only happened sixteen times since July 2010 (which is how far back the data goes back on CBOE’s website).  Five of those sixteen occurrences happened in 2016 –[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 11, 2016, 9:03 AM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/5 - 12/9

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/5 - 12/9

    With the continuation of the election related equity market rally comes even lower SPX option implied volatility.  The curve shifted lower across the board, but do note the angle steepens a bit between VIX and VXV with VXV representing IV into 2017. The performance table lives up to expectations after a week where the S&P 500 rose 3%.  A couple of things that are worth note.  VVIX remains at relatively high levels despite VIX being under pressure.  SKEW finished the week[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Election & VIX | 2016 Recap | Dec 10, 2016, 1:56 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 12/5 - 12/9

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 12/5 - 12/9

    VIX is experiencing some seasonal pressure despite the looming FOMC meeting (and expected rate hike) this Wednesday.  VIX finished the week with an 11 handle at 11.75.  Without the final known unknown market event of 2016 coming up next week one can only wonder where VIX would be.  The curve is steep, but that rise doesn’t really kick in until next year when the uncertainty of political change in Washington DC is probably hovering over the equity markets. Things[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 10, 2016, 9:36 AM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/5 - 12/9

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/5 - 12/9

    The out performance of small cap stocks in the form of the Russell 2000 (RUT) relative to large cap stocks which is best represented with the Russell 1000 (RUI) has been nothing short of astonishing.  Last week RUT was up over 6% while RUI gained just over 3%.  For the year, RUT is up over 22% and RUI is up almost 11%. Breaking down the performance difference a little more starts with a look at relative performance since election day.  RUT is up 16.1% and RUI is up 5.9%. [...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Dec 8, 2016, 1:11 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Buyer of 250,000 XLF Jan 20th 25 Calls

    Block Trade Analysis - Buyer of 250,000 XLF Jan 20th 25 Calls

    All of equity market sectors the financial sector seems to have benefited the most since Donald Trump was elected President back on November 8th.  Note on the price chart below that as of mid-day today the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) is up about 19% since election day. Apparently one trader expects this bull run for XLF to continue into the new year.  This morning, less than 90 minutes into the trading day, there was a buyer of 250,000 XLF Jan 20th 25 Calls for 0.13. [...]