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 | Mar 1, 2016, 2:29 PM

    RMC Session - What Everyone Needs to Know About Listed Options Taxation

    RMC Session - What Everyone Needs to Know About Listed Options Taxation

    Three speakers teamed up at RMC to discuss What Everyone Needs to Know About Listed Options Taxation today in Bonita Springs, FL.  Robert N. Gordon, President, Twenty-First Securities Corporation, Michael Leon, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust Wealth Management, Investment Advisory Solutions Group, and William Paul, Tax Partner all gave their perspectives on tax issues associated with listed option markets. Highlights for each speaker’s presentation appear below – Robert N.[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Education | Strategy | Mar 1, 2016, 1:09 PM

    CBOE RMC - Differentiating and Benchmarking Volatility-Based Investment Strategies

    CBOE RMC - Differentiating and Benchmarking Volatility-Based Investment Strategies

    The first session after lunch at today’s Risk Management conference was a combination presentation and panel discussion.  The first part of the session featured Chris DeMeo from Nu Paradigm Investment Partners, LLC who discussed the CBOE EurekaHedge Volatility Indexes which were introduced in August of 2015.  These indexes addressed the lack of an appropriate benchmarks for analyzing volatility based strategies. The indexes are divided into four categories – Long Volatility Short[...]

  • Market News | Mar 1, 2016, 10:53 AM

    Panel Discussion on Options and Volatility Product Usage by Institutional Asset Owners at RMC

    Panel Discussion on Options and Volatility Product Usage by Institutional Asset Owners at RMC

    // The first panel discussion at CBOE RMC brought together a variety of asset managers for a discussion around using options and volatility derivatives.  The panel was moderated by Neil Rue, CFA, Managing Director, Pension Consulting Alliance, LLC Participants in the discussion were – John Burkartzmeyer, Senior Trader at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board Paul R. T. Johnson, Board Member, State University Retirement[...]

  • Market News | Mar 1, 2016, 9:12 AM

    CBOE RMC Keynote - Investing for the Long Run: An Opportunity Worth Seizing

    CBOE RMC Keynote - Investing for the Long Run:  An Opportunity Worth Seizing

    // The keynote address at today’s CBOE Risk Management Conference featured Leo de Bever, Ph.D. who recently retired as CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation which is one of Canada’s largest institutional investment managers.  His speech was a discussion titled Investing for the Long Run:  An Opportunity Worth Seizing. The address began with noting that institutional investors needing to focus[...]

  • Education | Feb 29, 2016, 7:34 PM

    CBOE RMC Day 1 Recap

    CBOE RMC Day 1 Recap

    I work for CBOE and I am a company man.  However, no bias plays into me stating that today’s first three sessions of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference combined to make today the best first day of RMC I have ever experienced.  Each session combined education with practical knowledge and each session involved two speaker that complemented each other’s strengths. The first session involved pairing up Mark Shore who is Chief Research Officer from Shore Capital Research as[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Education | Strategy | Feb 29, 2016, 3:38 PM

    Intersections Between Macroeconomic Conditions and Volatility Levels

    Intersections Between Macroeconomic Conditions and Volatility Levels

    The final session on the first day of Risk Management was titled Intersections Between Macroeconomic Conditions and Volatility Levels.  Benn Eifert, Ph.D., Former Portfolio Manager from Mariner Coria and Stacey Gilbert, Head of Derivatives Strategy at Susquehanna teamed up for a very informative and educational session. Eifert started things off discussing the relationship between the economy and equity market volatility which is an area that the markets are very focused on for 2016.  His[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 29, 2016, 2:18 PM

    The Unknowns about Bond Investing that Equity Options Traders Know

    The Unknowns about Bond Investing that Equity Options Traders Know

    John Marshall, Managing Director, Derivatives and Tactical Research at Goldman Sachs and Zem Sternberg of Lake Hill delivered a joint presentation at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference today in Bonita Springs, FL.  Their very timely talk, considering the uncertainty surrounding the current interest rate environment, was titled The Unknowns about Bond Investing that Equity Options Traders Know. Zem kicked off the presentation saying there are three questions (with answers) that must be addressed[...]

  • Education | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 29, 2016, 12:39 PM

    Constructing/Deconstructing Volatility Risk Premia Strategies

    Constructing/Deconstructing Volatility Risk Premia Strategies

    LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_969842'); I have to include a personal note - this is the best first presentation I have ever witnessed at a CBOE Risk Management Conference. The first session of the 32nd Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference paired up Mark Shore who is Chief Research Officer from Shore Capital Research as well as an Adjunct Instructor at DePaul University with Roni Israelov, Portfolio Manager from AQR Capital Management.  Their session was titled Constructing[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 28, 2016, 8:35 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 2/29 - 3/4

    Earnings Next Week - 2/29 - 3/4

    The numbers below represent three years of history with a couple of exceptions which have not been around long enough to provide a full three years of history.  In those cases the data appears in italics.   After the ticker the columns show the biggest gain, biggest drop, average move (non-directional) and stock price reaction last quarter.

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Feb 27, 2016, 12:36 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 2/22 - 2/26

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 2/22 - 2/26

    For the past few years I’ve struggled with things to write when there has been a parallel shift in the curve.  This week we got the first normal curve change of 2016 so there’s that to say.  Kevin Davitt, who is relatively new to The Options Institute keeps noting that the far end of the curve is as flat as he’s ever seen it.  I have to agree and when he inquire how I read things like that I noted that when the curve is flat it indicates a ton of uncertainty and these[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Strategy | Feb 27, 2016, 7:00 AM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/22 - 2/26

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/22 - 2/26

    This was probably the calmest week we had in the markets in 2016, which is good for the long term investors, but makes my job sort of tough.  VIX put in a 2016 closing low but do note that VXST rose last week.  This past week didn’t really have a lot of the known unknowns such as major economic numbers so short term volatility was pretty tame.  Next week we get an employment number on Friday and I am attributing the rise in VXST to that event. The long funds continued to give[...]

  • Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 2/22 - 2/26

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 2/22 - 2/26

    Small caps played some catch up again last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) gaining about 2.7% while the large cap oriented Russell 1000 (RUI) was up 1.75%.  There is still more work for RUT to do as it is underperforming RUI by about 3.6% in 2016. VIX made a new 2016 low last week while the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) did not.  This is surprising since small cap stocks outperformed large cap stocks last week, but I’m learning that how RVX and VIX interrelate[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Feb 21, 2016, 12:44 PM

    CBOE RMC - Five Things I'm Looking Forward to Next Week

    CBOE RMC - Five Things I'm Looking Forward to Next Week

    One the best parts of my job as Director of Education at The Options Institute is getting to attend each of the Risk Management Conferences offered by CBOE.  Back in the Fall the running theme at both the European and Asian versions of RMC seemed to be how the markets were shifting from a low to high volatility regime.  Early 2016 price action has confirmed this. There are five things that have me particularly excited about heading to Bonita Springs, FL next week for the 32nd Annual RMC[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Feb 21, 2016, 11:39 AM

    Weekend Review Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/16 - 2/19

    Weekend Review Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/16 - 2/19

    VXST dropped dramatically last week and closed on the lows of 2016.  VIX managed to hold up a little better and looking at the economic calendar for next week I can kind of see why.  VXST often leads VIX so a move below 20.00 next week may not be out of the question.  After I typed that sentence I realized we are only 0.53 away from the teens so it wasn’t the most daring of market predictions. This is the year I am going to focus more on the disconnection in performance[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Feb 20, 2016, 7:52 PM

    Weekly Review VIX Options and Futures 2/16 - 2/19

    Weekly Review VIX Options and Futures 2/16 - 2/19

    VIX managed to stay in the 20’s despite the most resilient performance from the S&P 500 in 2016.  We did finally give up on the last bastion of backwardation (month 1 versus month 2) as March became the front month with February going off the board Wednesday on the open. The generic short dated VIX curve constructed using Weeklys futures flattened and then some last week based on the drop in VIX and a fairly light economic calendar over the next couple of weeks. [...]