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 | Sep 27, 2016, 9:23 AM

    Panel Discussion on Volatility Based Investment Strategies at RMC

    Panel Discussion on Volatility Based Investment Strategies at RMC

    The first afternoon session at CBOE RMC Europe was a discussion titled Panel on Volatility-Based Investment Strategies.  The panel moderator was Chris Limbach, Managing Director Investments, PGGM Institutional Business.  The panelists were: Uri Geller, Co-Founder and CIO, Granite M.S.A LTD Roy Hoevenaars, PhD, Portfolio Manager, Blenheim Capital Management Fergus Taylor, Portfolio Manager, Arrowgrass Capital Partners Brendan Walsh, Multi Asset Fund Manager, Aviva Investors Global Services Some[...]

  • Market News | Sep 27, 2016, 8:49 AM

    Cross Asset Dislocations and Market Signals Presentation at RMC

    Cross Asset Dislocations and Market Signals Presentation at RMC

    Rebecca Cheong from UBS led a discussion titled Cross Asset Dislocations and Market Signals.  She also was the first of our presenters to utilize our instant poll app during her presentation.  More on that in a moment… Rebecca’s presentation was divided into three sections.  She initially covered market dislocations noting that some are temporary and others are structural, with the latter often lasting longer.  An example that we are probably all familiar with is the[...]

  • Market News | Sep 26, 2016, 3:35 PM

    Panel Discussion on Institutional Liabilities and Option Strategies

    Panel Discussion on Institutional Liabilities and Option Strategies

    The final session at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference in Europe today was a panel discussion that was titled Real Money:  Institutional Liabilities and How Options Strategies Can Help.  The moderator was Abhinandan Deb, Head of European Equity Derivatives Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  The panelists were: Jon Havice, President and Chief Investment Officer, DGV Solutions Michael Holliger, Portfolio Manager, Swiss Life Asset Management AG Dan Mikulskis, Head of DB[...]

  • Market News | Sep 26, 2016, 2:25 PM

    Presentation on Volatility Risk Premia at RMC Today

    Presentation on Volatility Risk Premia at RMC Today

    The second presentation on the first day of RMC featured a discussion titled Constructing / Deconstructing Volatility Risk Premia Strategies delivered by Roni Israelov from AQR Capital Management.  This presentation centered around an article that appeared in the Financial Analysts Journal in 2015 titled Covered Calls Uncovered which may be found at www.aqr.com/library/journal-articles/covered-calls-uncovered This presentation started out with a discussion of Covered Calls with the CBOE S&P[...]

  • Market News | Sep 26, 2016, 1:25 PM

    RMC Presentation by Bill Speth and Matt Moran from CBOE

    RMC Presentation by Bill Speth and Matt Moran from CBOE

    The first session that kicked off the 5th Annual European version of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference involved a discussion titled New Developments in Options and Volatility-Based Benchmarks delivered by Bill Speth and Matt Moran. Bill kicked things off talking about some current and pending strategy based indexes created by CBOE.  The indexes discussed were: CBOE Russell 2000 Conditional BuyWrite Index CBOE S&P 500 Smile Index CBOE S&P 500 Buffer Protect Strategy Series CBOE[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 25, 2016, 10:25 AM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/19 - 9/23

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/19 - 9/23

    The relative performance of small caps to large caps has been phenomenal for those who picked the equity market bottom back in February.  This past week the Russell 2000 (RUT) almost doubled the performance of the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) rising 2.56% versus 1.30%.  This places RUT at up 10.45% for 2016 while RUI is up a still respectable 6.06%.  The really amazing numbers shows up when we look at what RUT has done relative to RUI since February 11th of this year. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 24, 2016, 5:18 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 9/19 - 9/23

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 9/19 - 9/23

    VIX reacted to the post FOMC rally by giving up just over 20% last week.  The standard September contract went off the board leaving October to take over as the front month.  With a little time until October expiration (10/19) the result has been resumption of pretty steep contango.  Of course there are some potentially market moving events between now and the end of the year so VIX futures bracing for some sort of spike may be expected. As I wrote the previous paragraph[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 24, 2016, 5:05 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/19 - 9/23

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/19 - 9/23

    Janet Yellen spoke and volatility dropped.  I wonder if she's the kind of guest that shows up and ruins parties like she dampens any moves in S&P 500 volatility. The table below has a ton of red, as would be expected following a week where VIX drops about 20%.  I did field a question on Friday regarding last week's drop in the context of history and it ranks in about the top 50 week over week drops out of 1400 weekly observations.  VVIX continues to be resilient.  In[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Sep 19, 2016, 10:37 AM

    Earnings This Week - 9/19 - 9/23

    Earnings This Week - 9/19 - 9/23

    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.

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 18, 2016, 2:53 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 9/12 - 9/16

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 9/12 - 9/16

    VIX gave up a little over 12% while the futures were lower, but not nearly to the extent that spot VIX lost value.  We are back to contango in the blink of an eye. VIX options and futures trade until 3:15 Chicago time each day.  Late Friday, after the official stock market closing time of 3:00, someone came in and did a pretty interesting trade in VIX.  The trade involved a purchase of 3,000 VIX Sep 21st 20 Calls at 0.19 each and then sold 10,000 VIX Sep 21st 23 Calls[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 18, 2016, 7:25 AM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/12 - 9/16

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/12 - 9/16

    After a lot of zigging and zagging VIX and the other S&P 500 related volatility indexes finished lower on a week over week basis.  The curve depicting the relationship among VXST, VIX, VXV, and VXMT even returned to a historically normally shape. I found VVIX remaining over 100 interesting despite last week's drop in VIX.  Also, the drop in TYVIX is noteworthy as it occurred in front of a week where we get a Fed decision. In the exchange traded product space the long funds[...]

  • Market News | Sep 17, 2016, 12:19 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/12 - 9/16

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/12 - 9/16

    Both the Russell 100 and Russel 2000 were up 0.48% last week.  For the year RUT maintains a lead of 3.10% (7.83% vs. 4.73%). Both VIX and the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility index (RVX) lost value last week.   This took the RVX / VIX premium down to under 20% for the first time since June. First thing Friday, with the Russell 2000 around 1225, someone came into the RUT pit with a trade that is targeting a fairly wide range for the Russell 2000 at the end of the month.  The trade[...]

  • Market News | Sep 11, 2016, 3:08 PM

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

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

    Stocks across the board had a tough week (or Friday) with both the Russell 2000 (RUT) and Russell 1000 (RUI) losing value.  Friday was especially tough on RUT with the small cap benchmark losing 3.3% while RUI was down 2.5%.  For the week RUT lost 2.8% while RUI was down 2.5% for the first ‘win’ by the large cap index in a few weeks.  For the year RUT is still in the lead, up 7.34% while RUI is now up 4.24% for 2016. In the volatility space the gap between[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 10, 2016, 2:17 PM

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

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

    VXST more than doubled as a function of the index being depressed in front of the three-day weekend and then in reaction to Friday’s SPX sell off.  As would be expected, the rest of the VXST-VIX-VXV-VXMT curve moved higher as well, but outside of VXST relative to VIX we are still in a state of contango. The 2.39% drop in the S&P 500 all came from Friday’s price action as did just about everything else on the table below.  Note that VXX rose 11% and UVXY gained[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 10, 2016, 9:30 AM

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

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

    The streak of SPX doldrums came to an end on Friday with the orderly drop of over 50 points for which resulted in VIX rising to 17.50.  Everything worth noting happened on Friday which may have added to the angst that resulted in the S&P 500 closing near the daily lows and VIX closing near the daily highs. Early Friday when VIX was at 13.93 and the big move was just getting started there was a split strike trade that came into the pit.  With the October future at 16.35[...]