• VIX | Jun 14, 2018, 1:58 PM

    VIX Index Summer Seasonality

    VIX Index Summer Seasonality

    Yesterday, I saw Andrew Thrasher on the TD Ameritrade network talking about VIX Index seasonality and the current level of the VIX Index.  That got me thinking about summertime and the VIX Index (because I think alot about the VIX Index).  It has been a while since I took a look at which months of the year tend to have higher and lower volatiltiy expectations than others.  And since I’d never looked at the summer months versus the rest of the year, I got to crunching some numbers. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Jun 6, 2018, 2:59 PM

    Bullish VIX Trades from Yesterday

    Bullish VIX Trades from Yesterday

    Yesterday VIX finished the day at 12.40 which is the lowest close since late January. The June VIX futures dropped 0.40 to 13.65 and the July contract closed at 14.50, down 0.25 on the day. With VIX at the lowest levels since before the market action in early February, we actually saw some bullish VIX spread trades come into the pit at the Cboe Options Market. Trade 1 – Fifteen minutes into the day VIX was at 12.59 and the June future at 13.90. There was a buyer of 4500 VIX Jun 14 Calls[...]

  • VIX | Apr 25, 2018, 7:30 AM

    Cboe Global Markets 45th Anniversary

    Cboe Global Markets 45th Anniversary

    Cboe Global Markets turns 45 and we thought we would provide 45 'fun facts' to mark the occasion.  1973- Cboe is founded and becomes first marketplace for trading listed options 1973- 911 options contracts traded on the first day in 1973 1973- There were only 16 stocks with options on the first day 1973- Seats at Cboe were originally offered at $10,000 1973- In 1973, the Black-Scholes model was published in the Journal of Political Economy 1974- New Cboe trading floor[...]

  • VIX | Apr 22, 2018, 8:41 AM

    Introducing the Cboe One-Year Volatility Index

    Introducing the Cboe One-Year Volatility Index

    April 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Cboe Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) and during this month, information about the history of the VIX Index and the introduction of tradeable VIX products has been shared. Twenty-five years after the launch of the VIX Index (which measures 30-day expected volatility of the S&P 500 Index), Cboe introduced a new volatility index – the Cboe One-Year Volatility IndexSM (ticker: VIX1Y) – that measures that one-year[...]

  • VIX | Apr 13, 2018, 9:19 AM

    Volatility Linked ETPs Performance for 2018

    Volatility Linked ETPs Performance for 2018

    Earlier this week, ETF.COM posted an article identifying the best performing Exchange Trade Products for 2018 through April 10th.  The list is top heavy with volatility linked ETPs, including those that provide investors with long exposure to a volatility index strategy as opposed to a short strategy.  The Top 10 performers as of April 10th appear on the table below.   Source:  ETF.COM Click here to read Summit Roy’s summary of ETF / ETN performance for 2018 through[...]

  • VIX | Apr 6, 2018, 2:08 PM

    Cboe Declares April VIX Month

    Cboe Declares April VIX Month

    Cboe began publishing the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index) in April 1993. As part of our month-long celebration, we’re putting together special content highlighting the index. On Monday, we shared the 1993 press release announcing the real-time dissemination of the VIX Index. The April 1993 release ends by noting the 20th anniversary of Cboe, meaning this month, we’ll celebrate the company’s 45th anniversary! On Tuesday, we shared “Cboe VIX: By the Numbers,” which[...]

  • VIX | Apr 2, 2018, 8:10 AM

    A Look Back at Volatility Across All Financial Markets

    A Look Back at Volatility Across All Financial Markets

    In what felt like the blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2018 is now behind us.  We finally got some excitement in the volatility space with VIX rising to levels not seen in a couple of years.  After the absolute dud that was 2017, as far as market volatility goes, this was a positive turn of events for those of us that had tired of talking about low volatility and how VIX was not broken, but just reflecting the market environment.  I spent last week on an actual vacation and as[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 17, 2018, 3:40 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures March 16th 2018

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures March 16th 2018

    VIX gained a bit (about 8%) last week as the S&P 500 was under pressure.  The curve shifted in a pretty uniform manner with March adding just over 3% as contango was fairly steep on Friday the 9th.  As a friendly reminder, March contracts settle on the open this coming week.  Short volatility has gotten bad rap lately due to recent price action.  However, short volatility, when done in a risk controlled manner, can be a viable trading strategy all types of markets. [...]

  • Mar 17, 2018, 1:29 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 16th 2018

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 16th 2018

    The Russell 2000 (RUT) experienced a small shining moment to celebrate the first week of March Madness.  For the first time in recent memory RUT has the year to date performance lead over the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI).  This lead was created by small caps holding up better than large cap stocks last week as RUT dropped 0.69% and RUI was down over 1%.  The Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) versus VIX relationship spent some time in uncharted territory for a while this[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 11, 2018, 11:44 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures March 9th 2018

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures March 9th 2018

    The 25% drop in VIX last week may seem extreme, but it isn’t even in the top 10 of weekly losses for VIX (it is 11th).  The all-time record was the last week in June 2016 with a 42% week over week loss.  Note the big drop in futures along with a return to contango.    And now a whale update.  Before getting into this trade here’s a little background. The first part of the story begins on Friday July 21st when a trade was initiated that sold 1 VIX Oct 12 Put for[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 11, 2018, 10:33 AM

    Weekend Review Russell 2000 Options and Volatility March 9th 2018

    Weekend Review Russell 2000 Options and Volatility March 9th 2018

    Stocks had a great week last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) gaining over 4% and Russell 1000 (RUI) rising about 3.5%.  For the year RUT is up 4.01% while RUI is up 4.16%.  As you can see below small caps took the 2018 performance lead for a day last week.  The magnitude of the gain of over 4% for RUT this week is becoming commonplace.  Four of the nine weekly moves for RUT in 2018 have been outside of +/- 3% while there were no moves greater than +/-3% in 2017.  Welcome[...]

  • Cboe RMC | Mar 8, 2018, 11:55 AM

    Louis Gave discusses China, the Dollar, and Recent Market Action at Cboe RMC

    Louis Gave discusses China, the Dollar, and Recent Market Action at Cboe RMC

    Louis-Vincent Gave from Gavekal in Hong Kong delivered a speech called Market Movers:  The Structure and the Cycle in 2018.  He starts out saying he’s often been depicted as a China perma-bull.  He notes that when considering an investment, you need to look into people’s incentives.  In China the recent party congress dictated that the focus is shifting from economic growth to being more aware of healthcare, housing, and the environmental impact of decisions. [...]

  • VIX | Cboe RMC | Mar 8, 2018, 8:23 AM

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Cboe Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly Kicks Off Day Two of Cboe RMC, Provides Thoughts on VIX, Volatility and Risk Management

    Day two of Cboe RMC U.S. 2018 kicked off with Ed Tilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cboe Global Markets, welcoming approximately 300 attendees to this year’s event, the 34th annual Cboe Risk Management Conference. Given the recent return of volatility to the marketplace, Tilly focused his remarks on volatility, Cboe’s VIX Index and risk management.  February 5 was an extreme day in the market.  The Dow and VIX Index experienced record single-day moves.  Exchange[...]

  • Cboe RMC | Mar 7, 2018, 3:02 PM

    Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators and Determining Courses of Action at Cboe RMC

    Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators and Determining Courses of Action at Cboe RMC

    Bill Speth from Cboe Global Markets teamed up with Mandy Xu, Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist Credit Suisse, for a session titled Interpreting Volatility-Related Indicators, and Determining Courses of Action.    Bill started out noting that the recent market activity has shown that many people understand volatility, but just as many do not understand volatility.  Cboe is taking on the task of raising the bar to try to educate more market participants on volatility and VIX. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Mar 3, 2018, 2:52 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 3, 2018

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - March 3, 2018

    Small cap stocks are playing catch up by not losing as much as large caps.  Last week the Russell 2000 (RUT) was down about 1% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) lost just under 2%.  RUI’s lead has narrowed to 0.75%.  Since RUT stocks are more domestic in nature, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the trade war rumblings put more pressure on RUI that RUT last week. We have experienced an unprecedented run in the relationship between the Cboe Russell 2000[...]

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