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 | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 30, 2016, 4:20 PM

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/25 - 1/29

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/25 - 1/29

    The equity market came to life last week and avoided what could have been the worst January in most of our lifetimes for stocks.  In response the four volatility indexes that are based on SPX option pricing were lower, but all four are also well above where they were to end 2015. I included a year-to-date performance column in this week’s table.  A big part of the motivation was to show the stellar performance of VXX and UVXY (along with the comparable funds) for 2016. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Jan 30, 2016, 11:00 AM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/25 - 1/29

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/25 - 1/29

    The Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) both put up a respectable week.  However despite the positive week, RUT finished January down 8.85% while RUI was down 5.49%. In an interesting twist, RVX climbed to what is considered a normal premium to VIX last week.  As VIX moved lower, RVX did as well, but not as rapidly.  The result is an RVX to VIX premium of around 20% which is close to the average for the past few years. At least one trader is bullish on small caps[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 29, 2016, 7:54 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 2/1 - 2/5

    Earnings Next Week - 2/1 - 2/5

    Earnings season peaked this past week, but there are plenty of companies left to report.  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 | Jan 28, 2016, 7:29 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Two VIX Trades from Today

    Block Trade Analysis - Two VIX Trades from Today

    We had two big trades come through the VIX pit today and about the only thing they have in common is that they both used March VIX options. First, there was an out of the money bull call spread.  With spot VIX around 22.60 there was a buyer of 80,000 VIX Mar 27 Calls at 1.95 who then sold 80,000 VIX Mar 35 Calls at 0.91 for a net cost of 1.04.  A spike to just over 28.00 gets this trade to the point of profitability.  This requires a closing high for 2016 in VIX since that current[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jan 25, 2016, 12:39 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 1000 Long Dated Out of The Money Put

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 1000 Long Dated Out of The Money Put

    We all know that 2016 has not started out too well for either small or large cap stocks.  This morning a large trade was executed in the Russell 1000 Index (RUI) option pit that appears to be based on fear (or hope) that bearishness in the large cap equity segment continues. Just before 11:00 am Chicago time, with RUI at 1041.59 a buyer of just under 3000 (2980 for the quants) RUI Dec 850 Puts paid 33.00.  We have no idea what the motivation is here, it could be a bearish call on the market[...]

  • Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 1/18 - 1/22

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 1/18 - 1/22

    Investors got a slight reprieve from what has been a difficult start to the year as both the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) rose last week.  RUI gained 1.36% while the small cap focused RUT was up by 1.28%.  There has been nowhere to hide in 2016, but large cap stocks have held up pretty well versus small caps.  RUI is down just over 7% in 2016 while RUT is down a little more than 10%.  The chart below indexes RUI and RUT to 100 as of December 31st 2015 for comparison’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 23, 2016, 6:37 PM

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 1/18 - 1/22

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 1/18 - 1/22

    The stock market rally on Friday put pressure on VIX and pushed the spot index down enough that the front month February future closed at a slight premium.  This is the first premium for the front month VIX futures relative to spot since January 4th.  I’ll discuss this a bit more toward the end of this blog. The generic short dated curve flattened out which I’m learning is the normal shape using the five consecutive weekly VIX futures contracts. As mentioned above,[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 23, 2016, 8:58 AM

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/18 - 1/22

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/18 - 1/22

    The S&P 500 rebounded by about 1.4% last week and SPX option volatility moved a bit lower.  The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve shifted lower and flattened.  However for a bit of perspective I show where we ended 2015.  I think the comparison is a good indication that we may not be completely out of the woods, at least based on the expectations indicated by the various S&P 500 oriented volatility measures. The rebound in the stock market put some[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 22, 2016, 10:23 AM

    Earnings Week of 1/25 - 1/29

    Earnings Week of 1/25 - 1/29

    Next week is the heaviest part of earnings season as you can see on the table below.  It is a holiday shortened week next week, but there’s plenty going on in the world of earnings as we start to move into the heavier part of earnings season.  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[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 21, 2016, 7:28 AM

    VIX Backwardation Streak Updates

    VIX Backwardation Streak Updates

    Despite a late day recovery for the equity markets, all three measures of backwardation remained in place as of yesterday (1/20). The new front month is February.  VIX closed at 27.59 and the February VIX futures settlement came in at 24.725.  This is the 10th day in a row that VIX has closed higher than the front month future. The relationship between the front month and second month is most important to traders focused on the VIX related ETPs (VXX, SVXY, UVXY, etc) and the front month[...]

  • Market News | Jan 19, 2016, 8:00 AM

    CBOE Risk Management Conference Schedule Now Available

    CBOE Risk Management Conference Schedule Now Available

    It was 2 degrees as I walked to the train this morning in suburban Chicago.  I noticed that at the same time it was pushing 50 in Bonita Springs, FL where in just a few weeks the US version of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference will be held from February 29th to March 2nd. I know I’m a geek about this stuff, but I’m more excited about the speakers than the weather.  The schedule is nearly final with a couple of speaking slots left to be filled, but it was posted recently[...]

  • Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility 1/11 - 1/15

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility 1/11 - 1/15

    The Chicago Bears are doing the same thing the rest of us did this weekend, watching the playoffs from home.  However, the stock market bears have been dominate in 2016.  Russell 2000 (RUT) history goes back to 1987 so there is not a lot to work with, but the first ten days of 2016 are the worst first ten days on record for RUT.  The table below shows the first ten days for every year when RUT started off in the red followed by what the small cap oriented index did for the balance[...]

  • Caution on Using VIX vs. Oil as a Stock Market Signal

    Caution on Using VIX vs. Oil as a Stock Market Signal

    I awoke this morning to an email from the matriarch of CBOE-TV Holly Goodhart.  She was preparing for her day with CNBC on in the background and something caught her eye.  The following comes directly from her email – I have CNBC on this morning, and they just spent a segment discussing this headline: "Markets bottom when VIX is greater than oil." This didn’t sound right to me for a few reasons, primarily because I recall many years with the price of oil in the teens.[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jan 17, 2016, 1:07 PM

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 1/11 - 1/15

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 1/11 - 1/15

    Two tomatoes are walking down the street, momma tomato and baby tomato.  Baby tomato can’t keep and momma tomato keeps getting angrier and angrier.  Finally she stops, turns around and stomps on baby tomato.  She then states, “Catch up”. That’s what the VIX futures did this past week, with the stock market playing the role of baby tomato and getting stomped on.  When the dust settled this week VIX was actually up by 0.01 with VIX futures narrowing the gap. [...]

  • Market News | Jan 17, 2016, 11:14 AM

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/11 - 1/15

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/11 - 1/15

    In an interesting twist VIX was the underperforming index across the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve rising only 0.01 last week.  It is unusual for VIX to be an outlier like this, but even more so when we experience a three day weekend which one would expect to put some pressure on VXST relative to the longer dated volatility indexes. VXX rose about 7 ½% last week despite the paltry 0.01 gain in VIX.  We all know that VXX is not VIX or even any sort of[...]