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 | Oct 7, 2017, 9:40 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 10/2/2017 - 10/6/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 10/2/2017 - 10/6/2017

    Both the Russell 2000 (RUT) and Russell 1000 (RUI) had a solid week with both rising about 1.3%.  Small caps still lag large cap stocks, but since the summer RUT has been slowly chipping away at the lead held but the Russell 1000. After a dip to the lowest levels in 2017, which was then followed by a couple of weeks of small cap outperformance, the relationship between the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility index (RVX) and VIX has returned to the elevated levels that have been common this year. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Oct 6, 2017, 10:08 AM

    Fed Survey on Firm Uses of Equity Volatility

    Fed Survey on Firm Uses of Equity Volatility

    Every three months the Federal Reserve conducts a survey titled, “The Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey on Dealer Financing Terms”.  This report comes in summary form as well as specific responses to 79 questions that are asked each quarter.  Periodically there are some extra questions placed at the end of the survey, needless to say the academic in me got pretty excited when I saw questions 81 through 89 were titled Special Questions on Client Trading in Equity Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Oct 1, 2017, 10:20 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    VIX remains at low levels and the curve continues to be steep as the volatility markets appear to be braced for ‘something’.  That something is probably an unknown unknown that will shock some very complacent markets.  An interesting VIX trade caught my eye on Friday as it were a little different than most of the trades I’ve come across.  First the trade details and then a little color about that trade.  Friday morning, with VIX around 9.50, there was a buyer[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Oct 1, 2017, 9:03 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    The S&P 500 continues to power higher finishing the week (and 3rd quarter) at an all-time high.  The price action last week pushed all the SPX related volatility indexes lower, but not by much.  All were already low and testing levels that have been pretty much a floor before the week commenced.  The long VIX related ETPs reacted as would be expected with VIX hovering in single digits last week with VXX down about 5% and UVXY losing just under 10% on the week.  For the[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 30, 2017, 9:02 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

    Small cap stocks still lag, but the Russell 2000 (RUT) made quite a run over the past couple of weeks and is now up 9.85% on the year compared to 12.5% for the Russell 1000 (RUI).  Friday was the end of the third quarter and with the late quarter move RUT ended up 5.33% higher while RUI gained 3.97%.  The relationship between the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) and VIX visited 2017 lows over the past couple of weeks as small cap stocks outperformed large caps.  Despite the[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Sep 27, 2017, 12:38 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Buyer of 100,000 VIX Oct 17 Calls

    Block Trade Analysis - Buyer of 100,000 VIX Oct 17 Calls

    Another big bullish VIX trade came into the pit today, with VIX just over 10.00 and the October futures at 12.20, a buyer of about 100,000 VIX Oct 17 Calls came into the market paying 0.45 for the whole lot.  The trade got divided up around the pit in several pieces, which shows up in the time and sales from LiveVol below.  There’s just under 3 weeks October 18th when these options settle on the market open so the buyer is either speculating on a volatility spike, or guarding against[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Sep 25, 2017, 4:57 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - VIX Roll Trade

    Block Trade Analysis - VIX Roll Trade

    Back in the day, when I was a lad in Junior High School, the Dead Kennedys remade the theme to the TV show Rawhide.  The song begins, “Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’”, which is the ear worm I get when I see a trade like we had in the VIX pit today.  Specifically, an October spread that got put on in July was rolled out to December.    The first part of the story begins on Friday July 21st when a trader initiated a spread that sold 1 VIX Oct 12 Put for 0.75,[...]

  • Trader Talk | Sep 20, 2017, 12:12 PM

    Block Trade Analysis: Big Emerging Market Index Put Sale

    Block Trade Analysis: Big Emerging Market Index Put Sale

    Everyone knows the equity markets have been putting up a solid 2017.  The S&P 500 is up about 12% and developed markets, excluding North America, as measured by the MSCI EAFE (MXEA) Index is up about 17.5% for 2017.  However, emerging markets, as displayed by the performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) has gained almost 29%.  The chart below shows the performance for MXEF in 2017.     A big trade came into the MXEF post at CBOE yesterday that seems[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Sep 16, 2017, 5:15 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017

    VIX threatened to close the week with a 9 handle, but managed to stay out of single digit territory.  Spot VIX was down over 16% and the standard September futures contract which goes off the board on the open Wednesday was down 16% as well.  There’s still a premium of 0.95 between spot and September VIX, but the gap that has persisted until recently is closing.  October, which will take over as the front month, remains at a premium of about 1.75.  Friday was fairly quiet,[...]

  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017

    Small cap stocks had a great week last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) rising 2.25% which the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) was up about 1.6%.  For the year RUI still has just over a 6% lead on RUT. Small cap volatility as measured by the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) has spent most of 2017 at a historically high premium relative to large cap volatility, best depicted by VIX.  The chart below shows RVX basically crashing to the lowest levels seen in 2017 last week. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Sep 13, 2017, 9:29 AM

    Panel on Sourcing Index Option Liquidity at RMC Europe

    Panel on Sourcing Index Option Liquidity at RMC Europe

    Henry Schwartz, President of Trade Alert led a panel discussion on Sourcing Liquidity in Index Options today at RMC in Europe.  The panelists were: Kristin Boyd, Director, Credit Suisse William Ellington, Managing Partner, X-Change Financial Access LLC Stacey Gilbert, Head of Derivatives Strategy, Susquehanna Sander van Zelm, Head of Institutional Trading, Optiver Henry started things off giving an overview of the US options industry.  He noted that indexes (specifically[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Sep 13, 2017, 4:08 AM

    Panel on Volatility ETPs at CBOE RMC

    Panel on Volatility ETPs at CBOE RMC

    Nick Cherney, Head of Exchange Traded Products at Janus Henderson and Pete Clarke, Global Head of Equity Derivatives Strategy at UBS split duties for a session titled Design and Trading of US and European Volatility Related ETPs at RMC today. Cherney kicked things off giving a history of VIX related ETPs and demonstrating the tremendous growth of these markets.  He also noted the VSTOXX futures market is growing, but that the size of that market is much smaller than the VIX futures market. [...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Sep 13, 2017, 2:59 AM

    Panel on Long and Relative Value Volatility Trading and Tail Risk

    Panel on Long and Relative Value Volatility Trading and Tail Risk

    The first session on the final day at RMC was a panel discussion titled, Panel on Long and Relative Value Volatility Trading and Tail Risk.  The panel was moderated by Paul Leech from JP Morgan and panelists, who represented all major regions of the globe, were David Dredge CIO Convex Strategies at City Financial Investment Company Oleg Lugovkin, Portfolio Manager, Argentiere Capital Chris Rodarte, Portfolio Manager, Pine River Capital Management Pierre de Saab, Partner and[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Sep 12, 2017, 3:01 PM

    The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Discussion at CBOE RMC

    The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Discussion at CBOE RMC

    The Evolving Dynamics of VIX Futures was one of the most anticipated presentations today at RMC Europe and Alex Orus from Principalium Capital and Erkki Slide from Independent View met all expectations.  Slide noted the current low volatility environment and attributed a combination of the current equity market environment, low individual stock specific volatility, low correlations among S&P 500 constituents, and the trade-off between variance risk premium and tail risk as being factors[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Sep 12, 2017, 2:59 PM

    Designer Dispersion Trading Discussed at CBOE RMC

    Designer Dispersion Trading Discussed at CBOE RMC

    In one of the final sessions today at CBOE RMC Europe Riddhi Prasad from Deutsche Bank and Arne Staal of Standard Life Investments delivered a talk titled Designer Dispersion: Identifying Optimized Risk Premium.   The pair discussed dispersion trades for extracting risk adjusted value which is separate from the volatility risk premium.  They also discussed what drives performance in different volatility regimes.  By ‘designer dispersion’ they are referring to using optimized[...]