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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 7, 2017, 1:14 PM

    Finding Volatility in the US Equity Markets

    Finding Volatility in the US Equity Markets

    VIX is low, we all know VIX is low.  I type that and feel I need to stop channeling Dr. Seuss.  However, there are some pockets of volatility in the US equity markets, we just need to know where to look.  Since CBOE quotes several volatility indexes that are based on the US markets I went searching for places where the market is still pricing in a little concern about the future.  Two areas that stood out –  tail risk and small cap risk.  Let’s start with[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trade Ideas | Feb 6, 2017, 9:14 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/30 - 2/3

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/30 - 2/3

    VXST dropped while the other three volatility indexes based on S&P 500 index option pricing rose slightly.  This all happened despite a rise in the S&P 500 last week.  Probably the most notable thing on the table below is the rise in VVIX despite the stock market and VIX not doing much last week.  Focusing on the VIX related ETPs shows that the trend of short volatility being the place to be in 2017 continues to hold up. Looking outside the broad-based index volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 6, 2017, 9:08 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/30 - 2/3

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/30 - 2/3

    VIX rose slightly last week while all standard futures contracts lost value.  February settlement is a week and a half off so the longer VIX remains in the 10’s the more drift lower we should expect out of the front month future.  As the front month starts to approach settlement date, VIX option traders start to focus on farther dated contracts, normally rolling to the following month.  However, it seems skipping March is in vogue among VIX traders with many of last week’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 6, 2017, 7:44 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/30 - 2/3

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/30 - 2/3

    Small caps continue to close the gap on large cap stocks as the Russell 2000 (RUT) gained 0.52% last week while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up by 0.18%.  On the volatility front the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) remains at the historical high end of value relative to VIX.  This can be attributed to VIX hovering around multiyear lows as much as RVX not following VIX to the lowest end of the range.   On Monday, as the first trading day of the week came to a close one trader[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 21, 2017, 1:58 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/17 - 1/21

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/17 - 1/21

    The S&P 500 dropped a bit and VIX rose some last week.  For all the fear and uncertainty that has been in the air around the beginning of the Trump era in Washington DC, the markets have remained calm and not done a whole lot in the past few weeks.   We did get January VIX options settlement last week with VRO coming in at 12.42.  This is something I’m watching closely as I got a twitter question awhile back with respect to streaks where standard VIX settlement had[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jan 20, 2017, 11:04 AM

    CBOE SKEW Index Tops 140 Two Days in a Row, as Demand for Disaster Protection Increases

    CBOE SKEW Index Tops 140 Two Days in a Row, as Demand for Disaster Protection Increases

    The CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW) values, which are calculated from weighted strips of out-of-the-money S&P 500 options, generally rise to higher levels as investors become more fearful of a negative equity “black swan” event — an unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence. Key facts about recent SKEW values -- TWO DAYS IN A ROW. SKEW closed at 143.43 on January 18, and 141.03 on January 19 (the sixth time in its 27-year history that the index closed above 140 two days in[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jan 18, 2017, 6:17 PM

    Volatility ETF Twice Nominated for 2016 ETF.com Awards

    Volatility ETF Twice Nominated for 2016 ETF.com Awards

    We all have our morning rituals and one of mine involves checking the daily ETF.Com email I receive at CBOE.  The top story was the nominations for the annual ETF.Com awards ceremony which is scheduled for March 30th in New York.  I went through the list of nominees highlighting partners of CBOE and was delighted to see the REX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (Ticker: VMAX) recognized with a nomination in two categories.  VMAX has been nominated for both Most Innovative[...]

  • VIX | Election & VIX | Jan 16, 2017, 6:53 AM

    Contrasting SPX and VIX - MLK Weekend 2016 and 2017

    Contrasting SPX and VIX - MLK Weekend 2016 and 2017

    2016 was a year lots of people would like to forget for a variety of reasons.  Personally, I had a great year and didn’t know any celebrities who will be celebrated posthumously at the various spring award shows.  If we go back 52 weeks to MLK weekend in 2016 the markets were about as opposite as they could be relative to where we are today. As a quick reminder, many market participants were nervous going into 2016, we had just experienced our first interest rate hike in years and[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 15, 2017, 8:33 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/9 -  1/13

    There are two lines below although it may appear that there is only a purple line for parts of the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve.  In a round about way I’m saying not a lot happened in the world of S&P 500 option volatility last week. What really stands out on the table below is the price action of VVIX which rose over 12 points to finish the week over 90.  There were large buyers of February VIX call options last week which contributed to the rise[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 14, 2017, 5:43 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Last week VIX managed to finish the day below the 2016 closing low (11.27) twice.  If it were only Friday’s close I’d throw an asterisk in there for the three-day weekend effect, but there’s no holiday excuse for the Wednesday close of 11.26. This past week they (whoever ‘they’ are) couldn’t get enough of February VIX Calls.  On Friday, paper bought over 60,000 VIX Feb 21 Calls for 0.49.  On Thursday, there were three block trades of[...]

  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    It was a quiet week for the markets with a lack of economic data, the earnings calendar being light (that changes next week) and our president elect speaking to the press but not making statements to impact the equity markets too much.  The result was a 0.35% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT) and a drop of 0.04% for large cap stocks as represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI). The next chart is a regular feature in this space.  I decided since the premium of the CBOE Russell 2000[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 11, 2017, 2:38 PM

    Getting the 2017 Party Started

    Getting the 2017 Party Started

    The cliffhanger last time involved the $6.50 put for UVXY expiring this Friday, January 13th.  I had sold twenty contracts on January 4th for premium received of $0.18 each.  It turns out that I got nervous about this put when UVXY touched 6.57 later that day.  I knew I had time, but I also believed that the nature of UVXY was not on my side, and I began plotting to trade out of these options and eventually replace them with more advantageous ones. It turns out I didn't have to wait[...]

  • VIX | Futures | 2016 Recap | Jan 9, 2017, 3:26 PM

    Record Volume and Open Interest in 2016 for CBOE Index Products

    Record Volume and Open Interest in 2016 for CBOE Index Products

    CBOE index products continue to attract growing interest from investors who wish to manage the income and volatility in their portfolios. A recent press release by CBOE Holdings noted that -- “… Several trading records were set [in 2016]. Total volume and average daily volume (ADV) in index options trading at CBOE reached new all-time highs for the fourth consecutive year in 2016 with 430.7 million and 1.7 million contracts, respectively, each up 6 percent from 2015. Total volume and[...]

  • VIX | Education | Jan 8, 2017, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/8/2017

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/8/2017

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. New Year, New Outlook   The beginning of a new year is an ideal time for investors to assess the state of their portfolios. Besides eating better, joining the health club and cleaning out the closet, here are some resolutions options investors may want to add to their list in 2017. “7 New Year’s[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 5, 2017, 1:28 PM

    Follow the Bouncing...Arrow

    Follow the Bouncing...Arrow

    Yesterday, January 4th, in order to start out the new year with some degree of nail-biting (figuratively) drama, I hatched a little plan involving some short shares of UVXY.  The first thing I did was to buy to close 400 shares, reducing the 1,800 I had opened the previous day to 1,400 in quantity.  My plan was to re-short those 400 shares later in the day or on some upcoming day, along with 200 more which I envisioned as a day trade. Then, thinking about the 1,400 short shares I still[...]