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  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Nov 30, 2015, 8:03 PM

    Presentation Discussing the Current Volatility Environment at CBOE RMC Asia

    Presentation Discussing the Current Volatility Environment at CBOE RMC Asia

    Buzz Gregory, Equity Derivatives Strategist at Goldman Sachs, delivered a very informative session on VIX and SPX option trading today in Hong Kong.  His speech hit on a topic that was frequently mentioned at RMC Europe a couple of weeks ago, the current shift in volatility regimes. Highlights of Buzz’s presentation include – It was noted that both SPX and VIX option volumes continue to steadily grow with volume experiencing dramatic increases occurring around market events About[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Nov 30, 2015, 1:16 PM

    RMC Asia Day 1 Recap

    RMC Asia Day 1 Recap

    The first day of the inaugural CBOE Risk Management Conference in Asia was jam packed with information that has me with a new ‘to do’ list that’ll keep my spring intern hopping until May. The conference commenced with a primer on VIX delivered by me.  As I said in the original post, it’s a little strange blogging a recap of your own presentation.  I feel a bit like the Rickey Henderson of options if I speak about myself in the third person so I just can’t do[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Nov 30, 2015, 12:18 AM

    Primer on Options and Volatility Trading at RMC Asia

    Primer on Options and Volatility Trading at RMC Asia

    The first presentation at the first ever CBOE Risk Management Conference to be held in Asia kicked off with a primer on options and volatility delivered by me.  I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to refer to myself in the third person or err on the side of possibly sounding presumptuous.  I decided to go with the latter. Over the course of 75 minutes I discussed several things that relate to the option market with a focus on volatility and VIX related derivatives.  My presentation[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Nov 21, 2015, 1:37 PM

    The Week in VIX - 11/16 - 11/20

    The Week in VIX - 11/16 - 11/20

    The VIX term structure returned to normal from slight backwardation last week as the S&P 500 rose over 3%.  Two years ago a 3% move in the S&P 500 probably would have resulted in VIX under 12.00, but these are different times and with a rate hike looming down to the mid 15’s is the best we can expect. The short dated term structure ended the week in slight contango which has been the norm when VIX drops since the futures were launched back in July.  The curve[...]

  • The "Data Dependent" Fed Continues to Consider the Data

    The "Data Dependent" Fed Continues to Consider the Data

    This afternoon the minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting were released. Yesterday the market digested the October CPI (inflation) data. Next week, GDP (Tuesday) and Durable Goods (Wednesday) will be relatively important. Without question, the upcoming Unemployment Report (Non-Farm Payrolls) on 12/4 will be the most influential piece of economic data before the December Fed Meeting where most market participants anticipate the Fed will raise interest rates[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Nov 11, 2015, 8:01 AM

    Five Things I'm Looking Forward to at RMC Asia

    Five Things I'm Looking Forward to at RMC Asia

    The air was cold this morning as I headed to the train which means two things.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and right after that CBOE will be in Hong Kong for our first annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in Asia.  The schedule is out and I’m excited about the whole docket, but five things in particular have me counting the days to November 30th. Ed Tilly, CEO of CBOE Holdings, will be speaking at the beginning of the second day to welcome attendees and give an update[...]

  • Market News | Education | Nov 9, 2015, 11:12 AM

    Pop Quiz: Which Russell 2000 Index is Outperforming in 2015?

    Pop Quiz: Which Russell 2000 Index is Outperforming in 2015?

    Russell 2000 Index (RUT) or CBOE Russell 2000® BuyWrite Index (BXR) Before I answer my own question let’s take a moment and refresh our memory on what is the CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index BXR℠. The CBOE Russell 2000 BuyWrite Index is an investment strategy benchmark index designed to track the performance of a hypothetical at-the-money buy-write strategy on the Russell 2000 Index.  It’s intended to measure the total rate of return consisting of a “long”[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Nov 8, 2015, 8:13 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/2 - 11/6

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/2 - 11/6

    The first thing that popped in my mind when I created the first chart in this blog was the story “The Little Engine that Could”.  This was a pre-Thomas the Tank Engine story of a little locomotive that achieves a great feat while telling himself “I think I can” repeatedly.  My mental analogy relates to the Russell 2000 (RUT) line below which pushed higher by over 3% last week closing the 2015 YTD gap with the Russell 1000 and also moved very close to positive territory[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Nov 7, 2015, 1:58 PM

    The Week in VIX - 11/2 - 11/6

    The Week in VIX - 11/2 - 11/6

    VIX finished the week closer to 14 than 15 based on a muted response to the employment number and a lack of known potential volatility events on the horizon.  The fear index did manage to spend a little time on Monday and Tuesday under 14.00 which is a level that many consider the new ‘floor’ for VIX since we are about to enter a period of increasing interest rates.    The futures all followed the index lower which would be expected with smooth sailing for the stock[...]

  • Education | Nov 4, 2015, 2:44 PM

    Sentiment Polls, Fund Flows and Short Interest Are Great Guideposts

    Sentiment Polls, Fund Flows and Short Interest Are Great Guideposts

    Sentiment polls and surveys are a quick and easy way to see where money is being placed, or at least 'talked about'. They are often good as contrarian indicators, but when they trend it is not safe to bet against the tide. Polls are quite arbitrary and fickle, notice how politicians use them to leverage their position based on what the people are saying.  Markets change direction swiftly and with force, hence sentiment polls often shift on a dime. Back on September 29 it appeared the stock market[...]

  • Education | Oct 29, 2015, 3:58 PM

    5 Key Points About Covered Call Writing

    5 Key Points About Covered Call Writing

    Covered calls are incredible cash cows. It is difficult to avoid double-digit returns if you focus on short-term contracts slightly out of the money. Writing several of these per year and waiting out expiration (or closing at a profit and replacing) is clearly one of the best conservative strategies. For anyone willing to accept the risk of having shares called away, covered call popularity is well deserved. However, the strategy only works well if a few smart rules are observed: Pick stocks for[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Oct 29, 2015, 10:52 AM

    2015 CBOE RMC Asia Schedule

    2015 CBOE RMC Asia Schedule

    Everyone at CBOE is looking forward to the first Asian version of the popular Risk Management Conference to be held November 30 to December 1 in Hong Kong.  Just today the preliminary schedule was just posted at www.cboermcasia.com which also works for registering to attend. Topics to be covered at the conference include volatility oriented trading strategies, option based portfolio management approaches, how to handle risk management in different volatility environments, and volatility oriented[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Oct 17, 2015, 12:05 PM

    The Week in VIX - 10/12 - 10/16

    The Week in VIX - 10/12 - 10/16

    It has been a while since I’ve started out saying we had a parallel shift in the VIX curve.  That’s what we got last week as the market calmed down a bit and the S&P 500 advanced.  The October contract settles on the open this coming Wednesday and went out at about a point premium to spot VIX which has been the norm over the past few years when VIX has been in the mid to low teens. The short dated curve shifted a little more into contango last week.  It[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Oct 17, 2015, 6:57 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 10/12 - 10/16

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 10/12 - 10/16

    VIX closed under 16.00 for the first time since all the hubbub that occurred in late August as the S&P 500 continued to recover last week gaining 0.90%.  Among the four S&P 500 focused volatility Indexes VIX was the biggest loser shedding almost 12%.  I had been keeping a close eye on VXV as the 3 month time frame that VXV measures comes after the December FOMC announcement.  VXV fell a bit relative to VXMT (6 month volatility) which may be a FOMC indicator and may also be[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Oct 13, 2015, 1:37 PM

    Option Assignment is Not Always Bad

    Option Assignment is Not Always Bad

    If anyone remembers (and even if you don't), back in early September I griped a little about my booked gains/losses for the month of August not showing the premium I received for puts I wrote which were then assigned.  The brokerage incorporates the premium received into the cost basis for the shares upon assignment.  I may not have liked that then, but I sure do like it now.  See illustration below on the transactions and the outcome in my account as of today: That's the transaction[...]