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.

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 12, 2015, 9:22 AM

    More Color on the Big $VIX Trade

    More Color on the Big $VIX Trade

    I get to CBOE each morning about 7:15 and by 7:16 I was running around the floor trying to find out a little more about the VIX roll from yesterday. First, I’ll start at the beginning. It appears this all began back on April 10th when the trade that got rolled forward yesterday was opened. Back in April about 180,000 VIX Jun 17 Calls were purchased for 1.74 and about 360,000 VIX Jun 23 Calls were sold at 0.82. I keep using ‘about’ as a hedge clause because the actual trade[...]

  • Market News | VIX | May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM

    Large Ratio Call Spread Roll in $VIX Options Today

    Large Ratio Call Spread Roll in $VIX Options Today

    It appears one volatility trader believes a spike is on the horizon for VIX, but altered the timing of their outlook today. They were prepared for a move to the upside before June expiration, but rolled their position out to VIX options expiring July 22. The specific position was long 180,000 VIX Jun 17 Calls plus short 360,000 VIX Jun 23 Calls (1 x 2) which was rolled out to long 180,000 VIX Jul 17 Calls plus short 360,000 VIX Jul 23 Calls in a big rolling trade at CBOE today. My hope is to[...]

  • The Week for Russell 2000 Trading - 5/4 - 5/8

    The Week for Russell 2000 Trading - 5/4 - 5/8

    Small cap stocks played a little catch up last week with the Russell 2000 rising 0.55% while the Russell 1000 gained 0.35%.   Like all broad based market indexes in the US last, the positive performance came from the market’s reaction to Friday’s employment report. Large cap stocks actually ruled the day on Friday with the benchmark Russell 1000 gaining 1.2% while the Russell 2000 rose by about 0.75%. For a perspective on the relative performance of large and small cap stocks[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | May 10, 2015, 12:00 PM

    The Week in VIX - 5/4 - 5/8

    The Week in VIX - 5/4 - 5/8

    VIX was slightly higher and the futures were mostly lower with a couple of exceptions last week. There was a bit of excitement in the middle of the week so I included an extra piece to the graph below and decided to show Wednesday’s highs for VIX and the futures market.  If I had not done that it would be pretty difficult to see there are two different lines showing VIX closing levels on the 1st and the 8th. We all know that Friday was the employment number with the stock market rallying[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | May 10, 2015, 9:36 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/4 - 5/8

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/4 - 5/8

    Despite a dip midweek, the S&P 500 recovered to put up a winning week on the heels of the non-farm payrolls report. Friday’s 28 point rally salvaged weekly performance, but this was not enough to push VIX to a week over week loss.  Since January 1990 there have been 178 weeks where the S&P 500 and VIX were both higher. I ran some quick numbers and of those 178 weeks, the S&P 500 was higher the 102 times and lower the other 76 weeks after both moved higher in sync. I was a little[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 8, 2015, 8:45 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 5/11 - 5/14

    Earnings Next Week - 5/11 - 5/14

    Things start to lighten up a bit as far as earnings season goes next week, but there are still 19 stocks with short dated options available for trading the report next week. As always Max is the biggest gain in response to earnings, Min is the biggest drop, Abs Average is the average magnitude of the moves, and Last Q is what the stock did last quarter in response to earnings.  Finally, all numbers represent three years unless italicized.

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 4, 2015, 2:00 PM

    Earnings This Week (Part 2) - 5/6 - 5/8

    Earnings This Week (Part 2) - 5/6 - 5/8

    Time caught up with me and I was only able to knock out Monday and Tuesday earnings numbers for the week of May 4th to May 8th before this week.  As promised I knocked out the  balance of the week today. As always Max is the biggest gain in response to earnings, Min is the biggest drop, Abs Average is the average magnitude of the moves, and Last Q is what the stock did last quarter in response to earnings.  Finally, all numbers represent three years unless italicized.

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | May 3, 2015, 12:00 PM

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    For most of 2015 small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, set the pace outperforming the large cap dominated Russell 1000. Last week the tables turned quickly as the Russell 2000 dropped over 3% while the Russell 1000 was down only a little over 0.5%. This is the biggest weekly divergence between large cap and small cap stocks for 2015 and largest since mid-July of last year. In fact, going back to December 1992 there have only been 45 weeks (not including last week) where the Russell 1000[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | May 2, 2015, 2:02 PM

    The Week in VIX - 4/27 - 5/1

    The Week in VIX - 4/27 - 5/1

    VIX was up slightly this past week as the S&P 500 dropped a little. VIX futures were down across the board as the lack of movement from VIX. This small disconnect can be attributed to the market getting past a couple of known unknowns (FOMC & GDP). We did have one day of excitement as the S&P 500 was down significantly on Thursday which pushed VIX into the 15’s and kept the May VIX future trading with a 16 handle the whole day. That excitement was short lived as the S&P 500[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 2, 2015, 8:31 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/27 - 5/1

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/27 - 5/1

    If you took last week off from trading and are playing a little catch up this morning the week over week term structure chart appears to say you didn’t miss much. Aa I type this I think, who would take a break when GDP and FOMC announcements are on the schedule, but now I am getting back on track. Since the picture above misses a 20 point S&P 500 drop on Thursday followed by a 20 point gain on Friday I decided to create a graph showing the lows and highs for VXST, VIX, VXV,[...]

  • Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 30, 2015, 11:32 AM

    Earnings Next Week (Part 1) - 5/4 - 5/5

    Earnings Next Week (Part 1) - 5/4 - 5/5

    Time caught up with me and I was only able to knock out Monday and Tuesday earnings numbers for the week of May 4th to May 8th.  I'll get the balance of the week done when I return from finals week in my PhD program. As always Max is the biggest gain in response to earnings, Min is the biggest drop, Abs Average is the average magnitude of the moves, and Last Q is what the stock did last quarter in response to earnings.  Finally, all numbers represent three years unless italicized.   [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Apr 28, 2015, 1:07 PM

    A Brief History of SPX and VIX Reactions to Advanced GDP

    A Brief History of SPX and VIX Reactions to Advanced GDP

    This morning while conducting a webcast about VIX and extended hours trading I was asked a good question.  This means I didn't know the answer. Tomorrow at 7:30 Chicago time the first iteration of the 2015 First Quarter GDP number will be reported. This will be the first time this number has been released since CBOE began offering extended hours trading for VIX and SPX index options. While talking about this I was asked, “What does VIX usually do in reaction to the Advanced GDP release?”[...]

  • Market News | Apr 26, 2015, 1:47 PM

    Russell 2000 Weekly Recap - 4/20 - 4/24

    Russell 2000 Weekly Recap - 4/20 - 4/24

    Small cap stocks were lower on Friday and the Russell 2000 didn’t get much love as the Nasdaq-100 and S&P 500 put up all-time highs last week. Despite RUT lagging a little there were a couple of Friday trades that at minimum expect the Russell 2000 to stay around current levels over the next few weeks or months. First, there was a trade that seems to expect a neutral to bullish for small cap stocks over the next few months. Early in the day, someone came into the Russell 2000 pit and sold[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Apr 25, 2015, 2:55 PM

    The Week in VIX - 4/20 - 4/24

    The Week in VIX - 4/20 - 4/24

    VIX finished the week at 12.29 which is the lowest close since early December. Despite the S&P 500 making a new all-time high to finish the week, the May VIX futures settled at 14.625, a decent premium relative to VIX. We saw this last month until the Non-Farm Payrolls release. After the number the premium came in pretty quickly. We have to wait to see if the pattern repeats as the number does not come out until Friday May 8th. One of the most dynamic VIX spread trades is a risk reversal in[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Apr 25, 2015, 10:26 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/20 - 4/24

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/20 - 4/24

    The S&P 500 managed to reach a record high for the sixth time this year, but all the applause from bulls last week was for the Nasdaq-100 which made an all-time high for the first time in 15 years. All hail tech! All four volatility indexes that are based off S&P 500 option pricing moved lower last week and three of the four are below the 2014 average. Only VXMT, the 6 month version of VIX, remains elevated relative to the 2014 average. I guess bears may be throwing in the towel for the summer[...]