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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 29, 2017, 9:00 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 4/24/2017 - 4/28/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 4/24/2017 - 4/28/2017

    Everyone knows what an ear worm is and if not you will now.  It is basically when a song is stuck in your head.  Since Monday REM’s Orange Crush has been on constant replay in my head.  VIX losing 26% and the front month down 14% definitely qualify as a volatility crush.  Since all this crushing was caused by events in Europe (France specifically) we will take a look at the week over week VSTOXX and associated futures term structure change.  Now I have Officer Barbrady[...]

  • Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Apr 25, 2017, 9:23 AM

    Reviewing a SPX Option Day Trade from Monday

    Reviewing a SPX Option Day Trade from Monday

    I have a handful of former Options Institute students who like to keep me up on their trading.  Yesterday morning I got an email from one who decided to take the other side of the big move to the upside in the S&P 500 (SPX).  Just after the market open, when the SPX was at 2374, the trader sold the SPX Apr 24th 2370 Call for 6.40 and purchased the SPX Apr 24th 2380 Call for 1.45 and a net credit of 4.95.  These options are Monday Weeklys and they expired on the close yesterday. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 21, 2017, 9:51 AM

    Short Some Shares and Call Me in the Morning

    Short Some Shares and Call Me in the Morning

    Who wants to buy high and sell low?  Why would anyone buy calls before the closing bell and sell them to someone for half price the next morning when the opening bell rings?  When would anyone feel okay about buying for 88 cents and then selling for 45?  Answer: When the calls are just a wrapper, a box designed to keep something else safe while in transit, like a shoe box protects the merchandise on the delivery truck so that your purchase isn't thrown on the porch one shoe at a time[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 9, 2017, 10:32 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    Weekend Review  of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    An emerging theme in 2017 is that when stocks come under pressure the Russell 2000 (RUT) seems to take it on the chin a bit more than the Russell 1000 (RUI).  Last week the large cap focused RUI was lower by 0.33% while RUT lost just over 1.5%.  This widens the lead that RUI has on RUT to about 4.5% for 2017.  With small caps leading stocks lower the relative level of small cap volatility remains high compared to large cap volatility.  The best way to measure this is the CBOE[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 9, 2017, 10:29 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    When there is not a whole lot going on to impact the financial markets we can get fixated on different topics.  Maybe that is what is going on with me and the French Election process.  The steep difference between VXST and VIX on the chart below may reflect the time frame being measured by VXST being just short of the pending rise in implied volatility that is expected in front of round one of the election in a couple of weeks.  It will be interesting to see if we get a relative rise[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | French Election | Apr 8, 2017, 1:05 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 4/3/2017 - 4/7/2017

    The S&P 500 lost about 0.3% last week and VIX rose.  I think the VIX to S&P 500 relationship is only part of the story related to VIX rising last week.  It appears the pending election process in France is starting to influence US volatility.  Note that April is a bit higher than May volatility in the orange circle on the chart below.  This is a fairly rare occurrence for the futures considering the current low level of VIX.  As long as there is a cloud of uncertainty[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | French Election | Apr 4, 2017, 3:11 PM

    VIX, VSTOXX, and the French Election

    VIX, VSTOXX, and the French Election

    About a year ago, we were all starting to focus on the Brexit referendum which we ‘knew’ wasn’t going to pass.  There were several lessons from the Brexit experience with the top one being do not discount an election until all the votes are counted.  This played out again in November, but that’s not what this blog is about.  This blog is about how VSTOXX and VIX are behaving in front of the pending French election process.  First, going back to June 2016[...]

  • Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 3/27 - 3/31

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 3/27 - 3/31

    The Friday to Friday change in the VIX term structure was as orderly as I’ve seen it in some time.  VIX has had a lower average daily close during a quarter only once, the fourth quarter of 2006.  However, the low to high range for VIX has never been tighter than what we experienced in the first quarter of 2017 with the range of 2.54.  On average the range of closing VIX prices is about 10.60 so the VIX market may be a bit wound up to the point where a big move to the upside[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 2, 2017, 10:42 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 3/27 - 3/30

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 3/27 - 3/30

    The first quarter of the 2017 performance race between the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) came to close with large caps up 5.51% and the small cap focused RUT up 2.12%.  The consensus feeling is that RUT got a little too far ahead of RUI from election day through the end of 2016 and RUI was due for a bit of catching up.  The small cap versus large cap risk index is a good way to explain the chart below.  Small cap expected volatility is best represented by the CBOE Russell[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | French Election | Apr 2, 2017, 9:50 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/27 - 3/31

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/27 - 3/31

    The shift lower in the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve was 75% parallel and 25% dramatic.  The dramatic move was at the shorter end of the curve where VXST dropped 28% moving from a premium to discount relative to VIX.  As noted volatility was lower across the board.  Of interest below, VVIX finished below 80 and TYVIX remained at very low levels. For the volatility bulls the only glimmer of hope is SKEW around 140, but it is pretty difficult to get excited about[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 26, 2017, 9:31 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 3/20 - 3/24

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 3/20 - 3/24

    VIX reached 2017 highs last week as we got our first experience with downside volatility in 2017.  VIX closing at 13.12 widens the low to high range for the first quarter to 2.54.  Barring a close of 13.26 on the upside or 10.44 on the downside next week this will go down as the narrowest VIX range on record.  We continue to look to our friends in Europe for volatility guidance.  After the Dutch election results VSTOXX had the biggest one day drop on record.  Equity market[...]

  • Trader Talk | French Election | Mar 22, 2017, 6:13 PM

    Bearish SPX Spread Trade May Be Targeting French Election Volatility

    Bearish SPX Spread Trade May Be Targeting French Election Volatility

    I spent the day with my academic hat on at Ohio University in Athens discussing all things VIX, SPX, and RUT along with answering some questions about the Social Media indexes that are quoted by CBOE.  There were also some questions about the French Election and the potential impact on the US markets.  I noted that VSTOXX futures have been elevated in anticipation of the French election, but that there wasn’t too much going on in the US, yet.  Yet is the key word because as I[...]

  • Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 3/13 - 3/17

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 3/13 - 3/17

    We got a pretty orderly shift down in the VIX curve last week as the market easily digested a rate hike by the FOMC.  Also, the March premium to spot VIX at about 0.50 is pretty narrow, however the April premium remains a bit wide based on pending events in Europe.  We have been paying attention to the VSTOXX term structure due to market concerns about the pending French election.  It appears the Dutch results pushed spot VSTOXX lower, in fact the reaction was the biggest one day[...]

  • Harnessing Twitter Sentiment and the Volatility Risk Premium – Events in NYC on March 28th and in Chicago on April 5th

    Harnessing Twitter Sentiment and the Volatility Risk Premium – Events in NYC on March 28th and in Chicago on April 5th

    At the 33rd Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in California last week, several speakers discussed ways to use sentiment analysis and the volatility risk premium in their quest to add alpha and enhance the risk-adjusted returns of their portfolios. I am pleased to report that two upcoming events will provide more details and analysis of the topics of developing investable and actionable intelligence from analysis of sentiment trends on social media, and generating attractive risk-adjusted returns[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 12, 2017, 2:04 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/6 - 3/10

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/6 - 3/10

    The short end of the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve moved up while the longer end hardly budged.  TYVIX is at 2017 lows going into FOMC week, but it appears equity volatility may be pricing in some uncertainty in front of this week’s Fed decision.  Needless to say and already mentioned, VXST is the big attention getter on the table below with a 24% gain last week.  The Ten-Year futures dropped more in front of higher rates, but note that TYVIX, which closed[...]