• Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 27, 2015, 7:35 PM

    Hitting a single in $SVXY

    Hitting a single in $SVXY

    Editors note – we would like to welcome Meredith Kelley Zidek as a new contributor to the CBOE Options Hub.  Meredith is a private investor whose interests include equities, options, and commodities.  She began trading equities in 2007, and since then has cultivated interests in corn, energy, and most recently, index and equity options. Almost all of her trading, which can be seen on grapestrades.blogspot.com, involves short options on volatility-related instruments.  She studies[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 23, 2015, 2:49 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 by Jackie Schuler

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 by Jackie Schuler

    Editors note – Jackie Schuler is a rising Junior at Purdue University and is working as an intern this summer at The Options Institute.  She’s focused on helping Russell Rhoads with compiling this weekly earnings blog, searching out block trades to use as examples in classes, and developing programs focused on the next generation of option traders. It turns out next week has a busier earnings calendar than the current week.  Russell certainly picked a good time to leave[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 20, 2015, 8:33 AM

    Following Up on The Case for a 24-Hour VIX

    Following Up on The Case for a 24-Hour VIX

    For the second weekend in a row The Striking Price column in Barron’s had me at the headline. Last week, Bill Luby was the guest columnist, and it was about small cap volatility and the Russell 2000. Steve Sears (the guy that came up with the term 'fear index') was back at the helm this week and the words “The Case for a 24-Hour VIX” called out to me to read more. Anyone that has an interest in VIX should take a look at the full article, but here are some highlights. Sears[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jul 19, 2015, 7:20 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/13 - 7/17

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/13 - 7/17

    With Greece finally behind us (for now…) the global economic picture is a bit more stable. This resulted in equity markets rebounding last week. Large caps benefited from the resolution of the Euro issues and the Russell 1000 (RUI) gained 2.24% placing the large cap benchmark up 3.59% for the year. Small cap stocks were higher as well, but the Russell 2000 lagged gaining 1.20%.   There is still a bit of a spread between small cap and large cap performance for 2015 as[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2015, 11:37 AM

    Block Trade - $NFLX Butterfly into Earnings

    Block Trade - $NFLX Butterfly into Earnings

    I think just about every trader focused on stocks or equity options is aware that Netflix (NFLX) reported yesterday after the close.  Also we all know that the stock market seemed to like what they heard. I like to focus on earnings and search around for trades that were implemented just before an earnings release. Before jumping to the trade I came across, I want to discuss a couple of pieces of information that may be useful before trading around an earnings report. Every week I post[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jul 13, 2015, 8:35 PM

    RUT Alternative to an IWM Put Spread

    RUT Alternative to an IWM Put Spread

    Every Saturday morning my ritual includes grabbing the latest issue of Barron’s and turning directly to the Striking Price column which is regularly authored by a good friend of CBOE Steve Sears, who is credited with coining term ‘fear index’ for VIX. This weekend another good friend of CBOE, Bill Luby the chief investment officer of Luby Asset Management and the publisher of the VIX and More blog site (www.vixandmore.com) was the guest author of the Striking Price column[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 12, 2015, 3:30 PM

    Psychological Damage Can Be Done to Investors

    Psychological Damage Can Be Done to Investors

    It is not easy to win over investor sentiment.  Anyone who lost money during the financial crisis can tell you how difficult it was to suddenly trust markets again, and there was the 'flash crash' afterwards that suddenly jolted any built up confidence.  For its part, the Fed has done everything they possibly could to bolster investor confidence, the lifeblood to the markets. On record they have succeeded, but many would question the tactics.  Yet six years in to the bull run many[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jul 12, 2015, 8:22 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/6 - 7/10

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/6 - 7/10

    The week was quite a roller coaster ride for both the large and small cap segments of the equity market. As the week came to an end the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 0.30% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.03%.  As of Friday RUT is 3.93% higher for the year outperforming RUI by 2.61%. The RVX – VIX relationship tested recent lows on Thursday as it is prone to do when global risk is the big market concern.   On Friday, RUT did outperform RUI a bit (up 1.4% versus 1.2%)[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jul 11, 2015, 1:20 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review - 7/11/2015 by Catherine Shalen

    TYVIX Weekly Review - 7/11/2015 by Catherine Shalen

    Every day Brings a New Twist to TYVIX, Benchmark for Treasury Volatility The referendum in Greece on Sunday was a non-event for Treasury volatility. TYVIX opened at 6.70 on Monday, 1.82% above its closing value on July 2nd, but by 10:30, TYVIX was back to 6.58. Equity and FX volatilities were more reactive. VIX opened 11.08% higher, EUVIX 6.71% higher, JYVIX 5.74% higher and BPVIX 3.32% higher. After this open, Treasury prices began a rally which lasted until Thursday, as investors responded to[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Jul 11, 2015, 12:37 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/6 - 7/10

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/6 - 7/10

    From the pre-Independence day July 2nd close to this past Friday VXST was down 0.73, VIX was up by 0.04, VXV was 0.05 higher and VXMT finished 0.28 higher. VXST is sort of an anomaly as there is a 3-day weekend impact that pushes the index lower. As the week over week change does no justice in showing the actual price action from last week I included the Thursday closing curve to show that last week was anything but boring. Note on the table below both VXX (and the similar funds) and SVXY (plus[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Jul 10, 2015, 2:08 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/10/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/10/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Back to the Futures A pioneer of the short-term options known as Weeklys, CBOE successfully bridged the gap between monthly expirations with these event-driven contracts. Now CBOE is expanding the concept to include its proprietary VIX futures contracts, adding Weeklys futures on July 23rd.  The launch will be[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 8, 2015, 9:55 PM

    Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral Trades from Today

    Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral Trades from Today

    One of the fun parts of working at the Options Institute is looking into how large traders react to different market environments. Since today was a pretty exciting day in the markets I decided to look at block trading activity from the end of the day today. The result is a bullish, bearish, and neutral trade executed respectively in the Russell 2000, S&P 500, and VIX option markets today. First, the bullish Russell 2000 trade. With RUT very close to 1228 there was a bullish diagonal spread executed[...]

  • VIX Option Trade Into Expiration

    VIX Option Trade Into Expiration

    CBOE and the CBOE Futures exchange plan on launching VIX Weeklys options and futures respectively over the next couple of months. Usually when new markets start trading we have to do a little wait and see with respect to strategies that large traders are implementing. However, with VIX Weeklys we have over 100 expirations since VIX options were launched and we can look to trading in VIX options and futures that have occurred near expiration. With this in mind I did some digging around on the Monday[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 7, 2015, 12:15 PM

    Weekly MSCI Index Review - 7/7/2015

    Weekly MSCI Index Review - 7/7/2015

    Tuesday of each week is the time we have set aside to discuss international markets on the CBOE Options Hub. Recently CBOE launched index option trading on two of the most widely followed equity market indexes that depict performance for equity markets outside the United States. The MSCI EAFE Index (MXEA) measures the performance of equities in developed markets outside of North America and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) focuses on emerging markets such as China, South Korea, and India. The[...]

  • VXX Block Trade from Monday

    VXX Block Trade from Monday

    Monday of this week was one of the more exciting days we have had in 2015. That’s probably an understatement since VIX futures volume was the highest it has been this year. When the S&P 500 is down and volatility is up there are traders always looking to take the other side of the move. Either through selling volatility or through getting long the stock market. The iPath S&P 500 Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) market is one instrument that can move quickly to the upside when the S&P[...]