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  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 6, 2015, 1:05 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.6.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.6.15

    Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) is recently up $1.30 to $127.72 on the company replacing AT&T (T) in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 18.  March weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, March is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26. VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) up 2.6% to 29.53, compared to 50-day MA of 31.60. Apple (AAPL) replacing AT &T (T) in Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJX). Proshares UltraShort Barc 20 Year Treasury ETF (TBT)[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 6, 2015, 8:15 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.6.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.6.15

    February Non-Farm Payrolls gain a surprising 295K jobs.  Participation Rate 62.8%.  Unemployment rate falls to 5.5%.  10-year rate rises to 2.2%.  Will the monthly jobs report allow the FED to raise rates sooner rather than later?  US stock futures turn negative.  Apple (up $1.00) replaces T in the DJIA in two weeks.  Last day of CBOE's RMC.  Volatility as an asset class Staples (SPLS) is off $0.21 to $16.29 in the preopen on inline Q4 results and guidance.[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Mar 5, 2015, 7:57 PM

    Plan Fiduciaries Discuss Trends in Institutional Options and Volatility Product Usage

    Plan Fiduciaries Discuss Trends in Institutional Options and Volatility Product Usage

    On Thursday at the 31st CBOE Annual Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, Colin Bebee of Pension Consulting Alliance (PCA) moderated a Panel on Trends in Institutional Options and Volatility Product Usage. A pension fund sponsor on the panel noted that his fund made an allocation to the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM), and in the future his fund could consider cash-secured put writing. The Risk/Return Trade-off chart (from the January 2015 paper at www.cboe.com/funds) shows strong risk-adjusted[...]

  • The Art of Hedging Discussed at RMC

    The Art of Hedging Discussed at RMC

    The last presentation of the day today at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference also turned out to be one of the best. Boris Lerner, Head of US Quantitative and Derivative Strategies at Morgan Stanley and Arie Aboulafia, Senior Portfolio Manager from Capstone Investment Advisors teamed up to discuss “The Art of Hedging”.  Many market participants have forgotten that there is a non-quantitative aspect to investing and trading since the industry has become so quantitative. This session[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 5, 2015, 11:14 AM

    2015 Risk Management Conference: CBOE President and COO Edward Provost on New Initiatives

    2015 Risk Management Conference: CBOE President and COO Edward Provost on New Initiatives

    Thursday, March 5, 2015       CBOE President and COO Edward Provost kicked off Day Two of RMC with an update on recent CBOE developments, highlighting the exchange’s efforts to broaden access to its marketplace and to   expand and diversify its product offerings. Provost began with an update on CBOE’s extended trading hours initiative.  Last June, CFE implemented near 24-hour trading in VIX futures.  Approximately 9 percent of all VIX futures trading[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 5, 2015, 8:20 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.5.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.5.15

    China growth target reduced overnight (7%, down from 7.5%) puts overseas stocks on the defensive.  Dollar higher, European yields falling.  Challenger Monthly Jobs Report shower rise in corporate layoffs.  Piper downgrades MCD to neutral.  Oil gave up overnight gains, metals flat.  First day of CBOE's Risk Management Conference went very well.  #CBOERMC for updates.  Volatility as an asset class Costco (COST) is up $3.12 to $150.28 in the preopen after reporting[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 6:45 PM

    CBOE Risk Management Presentation - Arbitraging Volatility Estimates

    CBOE Risk Management Presentation - Arbitraging Volatility Estimates

    The 31st edition of the CBOE Risk Management Conference kicked off today with a very educational session from Bruno Dupire who is the Head of Quantitative Research at Bloomberg. His discussion centered on trading volatility which is a core theme of many presentations that will be given over the next few days here in Carlsbad. The timing of Dupire going first at the conference was perfect as his sessions are always as educational as they are informative.  (The Twitter handle for this conference[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Mar 4, 2015, 5:30 PM

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    This afternoon at the CBOE Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, CA Amna Qaiser, Portfolio Manager from Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Olivier Sarfati, Head of US Trading Strategies from Citigroup teamed up to discuss backtesting strategies. Backtesting has always been a difficult subject for portfolio managers and traders as backtested results do not always work as well as hoped when the strategy goes live. Qaiser’s part of this session discussed potential pitfalls but also laid out[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Mar 4, 2015, 12:30 PM

    Author Zachary Karabell's Keynote Address at RMC

    Author Zachary Karabell's Keynote Address at RMC

    Zachary Karabell delivered the keynote address this morning at the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, CA. Karabell holds the position as President of River Twice Research but is also a prolific writer acting as a contributing columnist to Reuters, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. In the past Karabell has written on a wide variety of topics ranging from religion, history, and politics. His most recently book, The Leading Indicators:[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 4, 2015, 12:03 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.4.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.4.15

    Volatility as an asset class McDonald's (MCD) is recently up 7c to $99.81 after McDonald's USA announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. In addition, McDonald's U.S. restaurants will also offer customers milk jugs of low-fat white milk and fat-free chocolate milk from cows that are not treated with rbST, an artificial growth hormone.  March weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, March is at[...]

  • Watching Closely Here - Weekly Market Outlook

    Watching Closely Here - Weekly Market Outlook

    Believe it or not, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) lost ground last week. It was a "just barely" situation, and the Russell 2000 (RUT) (IWM) as well as the NASDAQ Composite (COMP) (QQQ) both ended the week higher even with Friday's pullbacks. The across-the-board weakness to close out the week, however, is something to think about even if it's not yet something to worry about. The odds are weighed below. Let's first dissect last week's economic numbers and preview what's coming up this week. Economic[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 3, 2015, 7:40 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.3.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.3.15

    Premier Netanyahu speaks to Congress today.  Futures off globally but not much, Oil moves up to $50. Treasury yields climb slightly.  Aussies kept rates unchanged last night.  Market reaction (if any) to Netanyahu speech unclear.  SPY off $0.60 on 1.6mm shares.  For those unable to attend CBOE's Risk Management Conference in San Diego starting tomorrow, follow us on #CBOERMC. Volatility as an asset class: Best Buy (BBY) is up $1.37 to $40 in the preopen after reporting Q4[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 2, 2015, 1:10 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.2.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.2.15

    Volatility as an asset class Lumber Liquidators (LL) is recently down $10.57 to $41.22 after '60 Minutes' alleges floor may violate health and safety violations.  March put option implied volatility is at 107, April is at 89, May is at 76; compared to its 26-week average of 52. Aruba Networks (ARUN) is recent down 36c to $24.45 after HP (HPQ) announced its acquiring the network company for $3B. March call option implied volatility is at 16, April is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Mar 2, 2015, 8:00 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.2.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 3.2.15

    Extended Trading Hours (ETH) for VIX options started today, Monday, March 2nd.  Extended Trading hours for VIX options are 2:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Central Time (“CT”).  Regular VIX trading will resume at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:15 p.m. CT. www.cboe.com/ETH for more info.     China interest rate cut of 0.25% to spur economy was expected.  Personal Income for January rose 0.3%, Spending with a surprise drop of 0.2%.  ISM to be released 30 minutes[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Mar 1, 2015, 10:07 AM

    The Week in VIX - 2/23 - 2/27

    The Week in VIX - 2/23 - 2/27

    The S&P 500 hardly budged on a week over week basis and VIX drifted lower. The March future drifted lower basically in sync with the index, but is still at a health premium relative to the index. I’m attributing that to the pending employment numbers coming out next week. I need to do a study and see what happens with that spread on the weeks that we get the employment report. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the gap narrow post-employment as there is often no pending market moving[...]