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  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Futures | CBOE Memories | Mar 17, 2016, 9:02 AM

    VIX Network Discussion at FIA Boca

    VIX Network Discussion at FIA Boca

    Yesterday afternoon at the 41st Annual International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, CBOE and S&P Dow Jones Indices teamed up for a session highlighting the growing use of VIX around the world. Reid Steadman from S&P Dow Jones Indices offered a brief welcome address where he noted the various markets where participants have access to a consistent measure of implied volatility.  He underscored that a wide variety of equity markets including India, Australia,[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 13, 2016, 10:04 AM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 3/7 - 3/11

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 3/7 - 3/11

    After stumbling a bit last week both the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) moved higher with RUI up by about 1% and RUT rising 0.5%.  this is the first week in a while where RUT under performed RUI and the small cap benchmark is now lagging the large cap Russell 1000 by 3% for 2016. The relative implied volatility ticked up a bit for the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index when compared to VIX.  The 2016 closing high for the RVX / VIX ratio occurred on February 1st and[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 12, 2016, 10:55 AM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 3/7 - 3/11

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 3/7 - 3/11

    VIX dropped just over 2% which isn’t that much considering we got a 1% rise in the stock market.  The curve remains in a fairly common state of contango.  Standard March futures settle Wednesday on the open and the spread of over a point also makes me wonder if volatility traders are buying into higher stock prices. I did a little more digging on VIX price action, really just looking for the 2016 intraday-low which I assumed occurred last week.  I assumed wrong. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Mar 12, 2016, 8:40 AM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs 3/7 - 3/11

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs 3/7 - 3/11

    Three out of the four S&P 500 based volatility indexes dropped last week with the longer term focused VXMT rising slightly.  I went on a data fishing expedition with respect to weeks where VXMT and the S&P 500 rose, but couldn’t find a definitive patters.  I even looked at the predictive power going out as far as six months and got nada.  I did find out that both the S&P 500 and VXMT have risen in sync 52 times since 2008, which is interesting and a bit surprising,[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Mar 7, 2016, 9:37 AM

    BigTrend.com Weekly Market Outlook - How Long A Pause?

    BigTrend.com Weekly Market Outlook - How Long A Pause?

    Friday's finish was a lackluster one, possibly hinting that this leg of the rally has finally run out of gas and the bulls need a breather. Of course, after what was nearly a 10% runup from the mid-February low, a break for the bulls is neither surprising nor especially troubling just yet. The crux of the matter is when, where, and if any rest period for the rally comes to a close and the bullishness is rekindled. We'll look at the line in the sand in a moment, right after a quick run-down of last[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 6, 2016, 7:03 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 2/29 - 3/4

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 2/29 - 3/4

    The Russell 2000 (RUT) continues to show some resilience rising over 4% last week and closing the 2016 performance gap with the Russell 1000 (RUI). The long term average for the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) relative to VIX has been about 20% which is where we are now.  For some time back in the fourth quarter of last year we spent much more time closer to parity between RVX and VIX. An interesting trade was executed on Friday around lunchtime, with RUT trading near[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 6, 2016, 12:44 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 2/29 - 3/4

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 2/29 - 3/4

    VIX gave up over 14% as the S&P 500 tried to work back to the 2000’s last week, falling short by 0.01.  Note the steepness of the curve below with the standard March contract at over a two point premium to spot VIX. The generic curve is also a bit steep, considering it is normally pretty flat.  VIX may be low, but even the short dated futures are braced for higher levels.   With VIX under pressure on Friday, someone came in to the market using one of my favorite[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 6, 2016, 8:36 AM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/29 - 3/4

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/29 - 3/4

    The S&P 500 rose about 2.7% last week and shorter term volatility took it on the chin with VXST and VIX both down over 14%.  The longer dated volatility indexes were lower as well, but as show below, remain elevated compared to their respective averages last year.  You can read that as the market still bracing for higher volatility over the balance of 2016 (or at least until 6 months from now). The long and long leveraged VIX realted ETPs were down last week with VXX dropping[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 5, 2016, 9:45 AM

    VIX Death Cross Update

    VIX Death Cross Update

    This past week I got to attend CBOE’s Risk Management Conference in Florida and finished my week at Oklahoma State as a guest lecturer.  When I travel like this I am not watching the markets as closely as I would like and as I updated charts this morning I nervously scanned the numbers used to create the chart below.  I say nervously because I was afraid I had dropped the ball on catching the VIX Death Cross.  It turns out I updated charts just in time. Yesterday (3/4) was the[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Futures | Mar 4, 2016, 1:56 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/4/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/4/2016

    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. RMC Wrap-Up The 32nd annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) was held this week. Over 300 financial professionals gathered in sunny Bonita Springs, Florida to discuss the latest trends in volatility trading and risk management techniques.  Each year, RMC provides an excellent forum for CBOE and its customers[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Futures | Strategy | Mar 4, 2016, 1:00 PM

    March 4, 2016 Weekly Report on CBOE VIX Index Suite

    March 4, 2016 Weekly Report on CBOE VIX Index Suite

    Can Fear Be Gone From the Market? All it took was a mildly positive non-farm payrolls report on Friday morning to drive the CBOE VIX Index below its median value of 17 (measured since 2003). Not only has U.S. equity volatility subsided, but so has the volatility of volatility measured by the VVIX Index and the CBOE SKEW, a measure of tail risk. Both suggest the probability of a significant crash in the U.S. equity market is dissipating. Figure 1. VVIX and SKEW since January 2015 So it appears[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Mar 2, 2016, 9:08 PM

    CBOE RMC Day 3 Recap

    CBOE RMC Day 3 Recap

    The final day began at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference with a very timely address from Jim VandeHei President and CEO of POLITICO.  He offered extensive insight into the current presidential race and this was a timely presentation considering yesterday was Super Tuesday.  An interview with VandeHei appears at the CBOE RMC Video Highlights Page. There were two tracks today, one focusing on directional trading and the other focusing on volatility. The first directionally oriented[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 2, 2016, 5:29 PM

    Cross-Region Volatility Analysis for Investing and Hedging

    Cross-Region Volatility Analysis for Investing and Hedging

    The final presentation at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference in Bonita Springs, FL was a discussion of Cross-Region Volatility Analysis for Investing and Hedging.  Vishnu Kurella, Portfolio Manager at Caxton Associates and Ramon Verastegui, Managing Director, Head of Flow Strategy & Solutions Americas for Societe Generale.  Both are favorite presenters at RMC and drew a very large crowd. Their presentation covered a variety of important topics such as how natural derivative flows[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Mar 2, 2016, 10:12 AM

    The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Futures Discussed at CBOE RMC

    The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Futures Discussed at CBOE RMC

    // Maneesh Deshpande and Samuel Vazquez Ph.D. teamed up at RMC for a presentation titled The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Futures.  Deshpande is a Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Derivatives Strategy at Barclays and Vazquez is a Vice President and Quant Strategist from Capstone Investment Advisors. Deshpande started things off discussing the VIX Term Structure noting contango is more common than backwardation. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 1, 2016, 8:30 PM

    CBOE RMC Day 2 Recap

    CBOE RMC Day 2 Recap

    When you attend a conference like CBOE Risk Management you hope to have the opportunity to hear a variety of speakers.  This has always been true for RMC.  However, there are usually market themes that persist from presentation to presentation.  For instance at RMC in Europe a few months ago there was a lot of discussion about the markets moving to a higher volatility regime.  What is interesting about this conference is that the variety of market outlooks matches the variety[...]