Rhoads-Russell

Russell Rhoads, CFA

Russell Rhoads, CFA, is Director, Product Advancement, Global Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets. His career before joining Cboe included positions at a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, Balyasny Asset Management, and Millennium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing. He is the author of six market related books including Trading VIX Derivatives, Option Spread Trading, Trading Weekly Options, and Options Strategies for Advisors and Institutions. He authored material to be included in Level II of the CFA program and material for the CMT designation. In addition to his duties at Cboe, he is an adjunct instructor at Loyola University. He is a double graduate of the University of Memphis with a BBA ('92) and an MS ('94) in Finance and also received a Master's Certificate in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Tech in 2003. Russell is currently pursuing a PhD from Oklahoma State University with an expected graduation date in the Summer of 2018.

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 20, 2018, 10:20 AM

    Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 20 2018

    Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 20 2018

    All four volatility indexes based on S&P 500 Index option pricing moved higher last week.  I know all the talk was about the government shutdown being responsible for the rise.  However, if that were totally the case I don’t think we would be seeing VIX3M and VXMT moving up as much as they did.  I believe there’s more going on here, but I also spend most Friday evenings watching Ancient Aliens.  In the ETP space the long funds benefitted from the bump in VIX[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Jan 16, 2018, 3:16 PM

    Vol 411 Follow Up Historical Look at SPX and VIX Moving Together

    Vol 411 Follow Up Historical Look at SPX and VIX Moving Together

    When I hosted Vol 411 this morning both the S&P 500 and VIX were higher on the day.  The SPX took a turn and finished the day lower so we didn't have a three day streak where both rose.  The results of running some numbers is below the video. As a follow up to today’s Vol 411 show I updated my numbers on the following two tables.  First, I took a look at the number of times since January 1990 through last Friday that both the S&P 500 and VIX have moved in[...]

  • Jan 14, 2018, 9:21 AM

    Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    Small caps played a little catch up with large cap stocks last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) gaining over 2% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up about 1.5%.  For the year RUI has a lead of just under 0.5%. The Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) to VIX premium was at historically high levels for most of 2017 averaging around 44%.  As small caps outperformed last week this premium started to come under a bit of pressure, but it still remains at pretty elevated levels. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 14, 2018, 9:15 AM

    Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    We got an interesting move in the VXST – VIX – VIX3M – VXMT curve last week.  The short end moved higher despite a nice bullish move out of stocks.  The volatility market has been a bit jumpy like we are bracing for an unforeseen spike.  We’ll see if the nervousness is justified.  I’ve been keeping a close eye on TYVIX since the bond market has been discussed pretty frequently in the financial press lately.  Until it starts to move I’m[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 13, 2018, 10:50 AM

    VIX Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    VIX Weekend Review for January 13 2018

    VIX gained and the futures curve dropped a bit last week. This is not totally out of the norm, but before a holiday weekend is something I cannot recall occurring in my years of watching VIX price action. Wednesday last week was the second busiest day on record in the VIX option arena.  A good portion of this can be attributed to one very large position being rolled from January to February VIX contracts.  It turns out this has been an ongoing saga starting back in the summer. [...]

  • Bitcoin | Jan 10, 2018, 9:32 AM

    Bitcoin and the Commitment of Traders Report

    Bitcoin and the Commitment of Traders Report

    Those of us in the financial markets have been learning new phrases such as “hash rate”, “block height”, and “hard fork” since the launch of Cboe Bitcoin Futures last month.  Crypto traders that have embraced bitcoin futures are having to get up to speed on the listed markets.  Something that is new to the crypto space is the Commitment of Traders Report (COT Report) that is released by the CFTC each Friday.  The following is directly from www.cftc.gov[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 7, 2018, 9:35 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - Jan 6 2018

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - Jan 6 2018

    The S&P 500 gained 2.6% to begin 2018.  VIX and the VIX futures curve reacted as one would expect with a dramatic drop in spot VIX and the futures following suit to a lesser extent.  Four seconds into the new year and the first sizable VIX trade was executed in the VIX pit.  With spot VIX at 10.90 and the January standard (1/17) future at 11.35 there was a buyer of 500 VIX Jan 17th 19.00 Puts for 7.86 who then sold 500 VIX Jan 17th 9.50 Puts for 0.07. The net cost is 7.79 and[...]

  • Jan 7, 2018, 8:07 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/6/2018

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/6/2018

    The S&P 500 rallied nicely to begin 2018 gaining 2.60% last week.  Those that predict 2018 will be a repeat of 2017 are feeling very smug this weekend, however, we have 51 weeks to go and time will tell.  SPX volatility did what it does and dropped with the strong stock market. The long funds picked up where they left off having a pretty tough week and the short funds benefitted.  I special shout out to the short VSTOXX focused ETN (EXIV) which put up a 12.6% move this week. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 6, 2018, 1:51 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/6/2018

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/6/2018

    US stocks began the year showing strength and the patter of large cap outperformance that was 2017 continued this past week.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 1.6% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) put up a 2.51% performance last week. In the volatility space, the 2017 pattern held up with the Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) closing each day at a premium to VIX in the mid 40% range.  The average premium in 2017 was around 43% so like the large cap outperformance last[...]

  • Trader Talk | Bitcoin | Jan 3, 2018, 7:10 AM

    Happy Birthday Bitcoin

    Happy Birthday Bitcoin

    In the original version of this blog the author had bitcoin at eight years old, it has been updated after he realized it is now 2018. Most people are aware of bitcoin and the Bitcoin network as being proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto in a white paper (www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf) that was published in October 2008.  However, the real birthday (at least in my mind) for bitcoin is January 3, 2009.  On that day the first block of 50 bitcoin was mined which is now worth $740,000 based on yesterday’s[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 30, 2017, 4:26 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    The four volatility indexes that are based on SPX option pricing were all higher last week with VXST leading the charge.  Of course, the VXST move was aided by a rebound from depressed levels that can be attributed to two three day weekends between the index calculation and the two option series used to determine the level of VXST. The VIX futures markets were mixed last week with nearer dated contracts gaining and longer dated futures losing value.  The result is a mixed back of volatility[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 30, 2017, 3:02 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    VIX rallied in the last few minutes of 2018, but didn’t take the all the futures contracts with it.  The near dated futures moved up slightly, but for the week the longer dated futures were slightly lower.  2017 is now officially the year with the lowest average close for VIX on record.  The average close was 11.09 in 2017 which is 2.30 lower than the average close for VIX in 1995.  The chart below is a favorite of mine showing the high, low, and average VIX by year from[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 30, 2017, 10:10 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

    The year ended appropriately with the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropping a little more than the Russell 1000 (RUI).  RUT was down 0.48% while the large cap focused RUI lost 0.33%.  For the year large cap stocks dominated small cap stocks with RUI up over 19% and RUT lagging by over 6% rising just a bit more than 13%.  On the volatility front the Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) premium to VIX dropped to finish the year very close to the long term average of around 35%.  I’ve[...]

  • VIX | Cboe Benchmark Indexes | Cboe RMC | Dec 26, 2017, 2:19 PM

    SPX and VIX Option Market Discussion at Cboe RMC Asia

    SPX and VIX Option Market Discussion at Cboe RMC Asia

    The final presentation of the first day at Cboe RMC in Hong Kong matched Eric Frait, Vice President, Product Advancement and Strategy at Cboe Global Markets with Kristin Boyd a Director with Credit Suisse.  Their session was titled Sourcing Liquidity in Index Options.  Eric started out noting the continued growth of proprietary markets that trade at Cboe Global Markets, even in the low volatility environment.  He highlighted the rapid acceptance of SPX Weeklys (which may expire on[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Dec 23, 2017, 1:43 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/18/2017 - 12/22/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/18/2017 - 12/22/2017

    December VIX went off the board and January became the front month this past week.   VIX moved higher for the week, however, all the standard futures moved down a bit.  The contango is still steep as traders start to brace for 2018.  Late Friday someone executed the VIX version of a covered call focusing on the standard March expiration.  About 1200 of the VIX Mar 13 Puts were sold at 1.92 and March 13 Calls purchased for 2.03.  For those who don’t remember[...]

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