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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Dec 20, 2015, 3:30 PM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/14 - 12/18

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/14 - 12/18

    Small cap stocks continue to languish relative to large cap stocks for 2015.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 0.23% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.35% last week.  RUT is down 6.95% for 2015 while the large cap oriented RUI is down only 2.94%.  It’s going to take a small miracle for RUT to close the gap over the next two holiday shortened weeks. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) rebounded relative to VIX last week but finished very close to parity. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Dec 20, 2015, 10:44 AM

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 12/14 - 12/18

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 12/14 - 12/18

    VIX gave up 15% last week, despite the S&P 500 losing a little and this index trading in a range of greater than 80 points for the second consecutive week.  Consensus thinking is that with the Fed finally hiking rates a little uncertainty came out of the markets.  Of course Janet Yellen’s press conference was still in full swing when market pundits started discussing when the next potential rate hike may occur. The curve depicting the short dated VIX futures contracts[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Dec 19, 2015, 9:46 AM

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/14 - 12/18

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/14 - 12/18

    Finally, the Fed raised rates.  I’m reading Ben Bernanke’s book and it is interesting that this was being debated when he was still the chairman.  The equity market loved it and then hated it with the result being a roller coaster of a week.  The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve was on heightened alert this time last week and returned to normal to end the week.  It is rare, but we seem to have experienced an earnings like volatility crush in SPX volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Dec 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

    Hedge Funds and Volatility-Based Strategies Discussion at RMC Asia

    Hedge Funds and Volatility-Based Strategies Discussion at RMC Asia

    The first post-lunch presentation in Hong Kong was actually a hybrid presentation / discussion panel.  Things started off with the Chairman of Eurekahedge, Satoshi Iwanaga from Eurekahedge which created and calculates four indexes to measure the performance of different volatility oriented strategies.  This segmentation is logical since strategies that focus on volatility can vary greatly in their process. The four CBOE Eurekahedge Volatility Indexes are: CBOE Eurekahedge Short Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Nov 30, 2015, 9:31 PM

    Volatility and the Allegory of the Prisoner's Dilemma

    Volatility and the Allegory of the Prisoner's Dilemma

    Chris Cole from Artemis Capital delivered a presentation with the title, Volatility and the Allegory of the Prisoner’s Dilemma.  In a nutshell the Prisoner’s Dilemma relates to game theory and explores why two rational individuals might not cooperate even if it appears that it is in their best interest to do so. There were three points that Cole wanted to get across during his presentation – Investors are trapped in a Prisoner’s Dilemma Volatility is the only real asset[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 30, 2015, 2:28 AM

    Tim Edwards of SPDJI Covers Unique Performance of VIX-Based Benchmark Indices

    Tim Edwards of SPDJI Covers Unique Performance of VIX-Based Benchmark Indices

    At the First Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Asia in Hong Kong, Tim Edwards, Ph. D., Senior Director of Index Investment Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices, delivered a presentation on the design and performance of long, short and dynamic VIX-based benchmark indexes, and covered their utility for longer-term investors and shorter-term traders. While many investors are familiar with the price movements of the spot CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®), we at CBOE receive many[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Nov 29, 2015, 4:29 PM

    Keeping My End of the Put Selling Deal

    Keeping My End of the Put Selling Deal

    Let's follow up on a strategy started on August 25th, which is a day that can be labeled by any one of a number of epithets, as it was the day Mr. Market fell off his barstool.  Actually, August 24th was the day he clawed and struggled all the way down, and the 25th was the day he really went "thud" on the floor. In this linked post from early October, I detailed some sold puts that got assigned to me; soon after, I disposed of 100 of the 300 resulting shares and kept 200.  The[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 29, 2015, 12:00 PM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/23 - 11/27

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/23 - 11/27

    Last week I noted that December has traditionally been a good month for stocks, especially small cap stocks.  That blog can be found at The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/16 - 11/20.  RUT appeared to get a head start on things last week by rallying over 2% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up by only about 2 points.  RUT is now a rounding error from up on the year and still lags RUI by about 1.5%. With the relative rally in RUT the RVX / VIX premium dropped to levels[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 29, 2015, 3:44 AM

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 11/23 - 11/27

    Weekly Review - VIX Futures and Options - 11/23 - 11/27

    The S&P 500 was hardly changed on the week last week and the same may be said for VIX and the monthly term structure.  The lines don’t overlap, but if I am not wearing my reading glasses the chart below almost looks like the same line. The only thing of interest to report about the short term futures chart is the dip that shows up on the orange line below.  That’s the contract that expires just before Christmas which may be discounting several holidays which[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 28, 2015, 11:59 PM

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 11/23 - 11/27

    Weekly Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 11/23 - 11/27

    Very quiet holiday week.  There really isn’t much else to say, but it is interesting that VIX remains over 15.00.  I’m also attributing the rise in VXST to getting a holiday shortened week behind us.  Man I’m glad it’s not my job to fill up a business network with programming which must have been a heck of a challenge last week, especially on Friday. The funds were quiet as well, but you have to snicker when a 2.7% change (see VXX below) is considered[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 28, 2015, 6:40 PM

    New Barron's Article and RMC Presentation on Funds' Use of Options

    New Barron's Article and RMC Presentation on Funds' Use of Options

    Use of options by funds has grown tremendously since the 2002 introduction of the first major benchmark for options-based performance - the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). Below are some recent developments and updates re fund use of options that will be covered at the First Annual CBOE Risk Management Asia Conference, which launches on Nov. 30 in Hong Kong. 1. BARRON'S. On page M9 of the Nov. 30 issue of Barron's, Amey Stone devotes the entire column to a review of covered call funds, and[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Nov 24, 2015, 10:48 AM

    CBOE Launches 5 New Strategy Benchmark Indexes on Russell® 2000 Index

    CBOE Launches 5 New Strategy Benchmark Indexes on Russell® 2000 Index

    Monday marked the launch of 5 Strategy Benchmark Indexes based on the Russell 2000 Index.  Created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, these options based strategies have been used previously as risk management and yield-enhancing tools. CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index (PUTR) The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index is designed to track the performance of a hypothetical strategy that sells a monthly at-the-money (ATM) Russell 2000 Index put option. The written Russell 2000 put option is collateralized[...]