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  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 26, 2016, 3:41 PM

    VIX History Lesson - The Fiscal Cliff of 2012

    VIX History Lesson - The Fiscal Cliff of 2012

    I got a question on Twitter today about the potential for a volatility short squeeze. I think the question was rooted in how much activity and open interest there is in volatility oriented derivatives, but the instance I recall that felt like the move was overdone occurred in late 2012. As the end of 2012 approached it appeared that the President and Congress were at an impasse over extending the Bush Tax Cuts from 2001. The pending result was commonly referred to as the ‘fiscal cliff’.[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Futures | Strategy | May 23, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Editor's note - David Skordal, Partner/Portfolio Manager, ABR Dynamic Funds, LLC, is the author of this blog The dips in August 2015 and January 2016 have served as reminders that the U.S. equity markets are now in the eighth year of a bull run, and equity crises happen on a regular basis. In the last 30 years, there was Black Monday, the Savings & Loan Crisis, the Russian Financial Crisis, the Tech Bubble Collapse, the Credit Crisis, the Flash Crash, and the Greek Crisis, just to name a few.[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Strategy | May 23, 2016, 9:49 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Neutral With Downside Risk

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Neutral With Downside Risk

    The bulls and bears ended up in a stalemate last week. Both sides of the table looked as if they were going to take control at different points, but when all was said and done, neither side had the conviction need to rock the market out of its rut. The S&P 500's (SPX) (SPY) close of 2052.32 was only 0.27% better than the week-earlier close, and still right in the middle of some major support and resistance. The BigTrends TrendScore (for stocks) is a slightly anemic 56.6 out of a possible[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 22, 2016, 6:00 AM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/16 - 5/20

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/16 - 5/20

    The combination of VIX moving lower and June becoming the front month put some pressure on the June futures last week. I think maybe the lack of news flow expected over the next couple of weeks has something to do with that as well. Note the bifurcated futures performance from last week with many longer dated futures rising, which maybe could be the risk of higher rates or an ‘interesting’ presidential election hovering over the markets. Finally, I always like to periodically point out[...]

  • VIX | Futures | May 17, 2016, 4:50 PM

    Big VIX Spreads, the Fed, and the Flattening Yield Curve

    Big VIX Spreads, the Fed, and the Flattening Yield Curve

    Tomorrow afternoon (1 P.M. Chicago time) the market will digest the minutes from the April FOMC meeting. In advance of that release (which happens after every FOMC meeting) two (non-voting) Federal Reserve Board Presidents, John Williams (San Francisco) and Dennis Lockhart (Atlanta), both gave speeches that indicated the Fed could hike rates again as soon as June. The next FOMC meeting takes place on June 14th and 15th and includes a “Summary of Economic Projections” as well as a press[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | May 16, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Weekly Market Outlook - On The Verge Of A Bigger Pullback?

    Weekly Market Outlook - On The Verge Of A Bigger Pullback?

    The market may have started the previous week on a bullish foot, but it certainly didn't end the week on one. Not only did the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) log three straight losing days to end last week's trading, but it broke below a key support level it couldn't really afford to break. Stocks still aren't past the point of no return yet, but it's alarmingly close. We'll dissect the odds below after running down last week's and this week's major economic headlines. Economic Data Not a lot of economic[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | May 15, 2016, 3:54 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/9 - 5/13

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/9 - 5/13

    After starting the week off on a bullish note, the S&P 500 finished out down just over a half a percent for the week. VIX was up just a bit more than 2%, most likely being held back by weakness that was associated with the S&P 500 moving higher on Monday and Tuesday last week. The spread between the May VIX future and spot index is pretty narrow finishing Friday at less than a point. Not only did the spread between the May futures and spot VIX index narrow, but a portion of the curve actually[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 13, 2016, 4:24 PM

    Russell 2000 Futures vs. Short Call Spread from Last Week

    Russell 2000 Futures vs. Short Call Spread from Last Week

    Every weekend I write a brief blog discussing the performance of the Russell 2000, how the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index is reacting to market conditions, and pick out a RUT trade or other piece of market information that looks interesting (at least to me). Last week I noted a bear call spread using Russell 2000 Index Options that sold a deep in the money call and purchased a slightly out of the money call, both of which expired this week. The specific trade involved selling the RUT May 13th[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | May 13, 2016, 1:34 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/13/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/13/2016

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. VIX FIX – Tepid Volatility For weeks, market enthusiasts have braced themselves for a resurgence in volatility that has yet to materialize. The Dow Jones is ending the week slightly lower, while the CBOE Volatility Index continued to venture lower, dropping below the 14 level mid-week, before slightly rebounding[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Strategy | May 9, 2016, 12:21 PM

    Weekly Market Outlook - May Rally?

    Weekly Market Outlook - May Rally?

    The market may have finished last week on a bullish note, and started the week on a bullish note.  The middle of the week, however, was rough enough on stocks to leave the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) down 0.4% for the five-day span. On the other hand, when push came to shove at a critical line in the sand, the bulls were doing more pushing and shoving than the bears were.  Friday's gain - small as it may have been - happened in such a way and in such a place that there's a decent chance[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 7, 2016, 11:35 AM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/2 - 5/6

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/2 - 5/6

    VIX dropped last week, with a big part of the drop coming Friday afternoon. Note the futures followed suit, but specifically note that the front month May future gave up a little more ground than spot VIX. This is sort of common when we have an employment number. Also note how flat the curve is from July through November – the theory is that the Fed is out of play between the conventions and the election which may result in relative calm for the financial markets. Late Thursday[...]

  • Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/2 - 5/6

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/2 - 5/6

    Small cap stocks get so close and then seem to fall back when reaching unchanged on the year or catching up with the performance of large cap stocks. This week the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropped 1.44% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.49%. This places RUT in the red by 1.86% for 2016 while RUI is still up 0.55%. With the underperformance of small cap stocks last week came a relative rise in the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX). The RVX / VIX premium began the[...]

  • Education | Futures | Strategy | May 6, 2016, 4:25 PM

    Rising Volatility on China?

    Rising Volatility on China?

    With the recent launch of cash-settled options on FTSE China 50 Mini-Index (Ticker: FXTM), traders have an opportunity to express a view on the Chinese market or movement in volatility is available. Based on 50 of the largest and most liquid Chinese stocks (H Shares, Red Chips, and P Chips) trading in Hong Kong, cash-settled options on the FTSE China 50 Mini-Index is now listed on CBOE. FTSE China 50 Index Price & Volatility FTSE China 50 Index price movement changes on a monthly basis is typically[...]

  • VIX | Futures | May 6, 2016, 10:30 AM

    Record Volume in April for SPX Wednesday-Expiring Weeklys Options

    Record Volume in April for SPX Wednesday-Expiring Weeklys Options

    In February CBOE launched S&P 500® Index (SPX) Wednesday-expiring WeeklysSM options. Last month the average daily volume for the "Wednesday Weeklys" rose to a record high of 72,957 contracts. In the February press release CBOE Holdings CEO Edward T. Tilly said – "We are pleased to further expand our SPX product complex with the introduction of SPX Weeklys with Wednesday expirations. Wednesday Weeklys, in addition to end-of-the-week expirations, will increase opportunities[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | May 2, 2016, 10:21 AM

    Weekly Market Outlook - Is The Market Rolling Over?

    Weekly Market Outlook - Is The Market Rolling Over?

    Following through on the budding bearish effort from two weeks ago, the bears fended off a bullish bounce-back effort over the course of the first half of last week. It wasn't meant to be, however. Between Thursday's and Friday's high-volume selling, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) booked a 1.2% loss last week, and broke below some key support levels in the process. If history is any indication, this stumble may well be the beginning of a more serious pullback. We'll dissect the rollover effort[...]