• 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. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Sep 12, 2017, 10:45 AM

    RMC Panel on Market Structure

    RMC Panel on Market Structure

    Philip Stafford from the Financial Times moderated a panel on Market Structure for Equity, Equity-Related Options and Volatility Products and FX today at RMC Europe.  The panelists were: Bryan Christian, SVP, Head of US Sales, Bats Global Markets, CBOE Holdings Eric Frait, Vice President, Business Analysis, CBOE/CFE, CBOE Holdings Mark Hemsley, CEO, Bats Europe, CBOE Holdings Paul Millward, Head of FX Product Strategy, CBOE Holdings A topic of interest in Europe is the pending[...]

  • VIX | Education | Sep 11, 2017, 2:53 PM

    Panel Discussion on Implementing Volatility Strategies Today at CBOE RMC

    Panel Discussion on Implementing Volatility Strategies Today at CBOE RMC

    Jack Hansen, Chief Investment Officer from Parametric in Minneapolis lead a panel discussion titled Implementing Volatility Strategies within Institutional Portfolios to close out the first day of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference.  The panel consisted of Mohamed Ellouze, Senior Multi-Asset Strategist, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) Simon Guyard, Portfolio Manager, Air Canada John St. Hill, Deputy CIO, NEST The panel discussion jumped from topic to topic and time[...]

  • VIX | Education | Sep 11, 2017, 1:37 PM

    Timing Considerations for Short Volatility Strategies

    Timing Considerations for Short Volatility Strategies

    Luke Browne, Head of Investment Specialists from UBS Investment Solutions and Natasha Jhunjhunwala, Executive Director of Equity Derivatives Structuring at Goldman Sachs teamed up for a session titled Timing Considerations for Short Volatility Strategies today at RMC just outside of London Browne started things out talking about the differences in realized, implied and expected volatility before diving into the focus areas of volatility trading.  He touched on taking advantage of implied volatility[...]

  • VIX | Education | Sep 11, 2017, 9:16 AM

    New Developments in Options and Volatility Discussion at CBOE RMC Europe

    New Developments in Options and Volatility Discussion at CBOE RMC Europe

    The 6th Annual European version of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference kicked off with a presentation from Bill Speth, Vice President of Research and Product Development at CBOE and Tim Edwards, PhD, Senior Director of Index Investment Strategy for S&P Dow Jones Indices.  Tim kicked things off breaking down VIX in several ways and explaining what VIX tells us.  He referred to VIX as a crowd sourced projection of market volatility.  He noted that VIX is mean reverting and[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Aug 30, 2017, 12:31 PM

    ETH Liquidity Continues to Improve

    ETH Liquidity Continues to Improve

    CBOE’s Extended Trading Hours (ETH) offers trading in the Exchange’s flagship SPX, SPXW, and VIX® option products beginning at 8:00 a.m. London time.  CBOE made ETH available in March 2015 and has seen significant growth in 2017. Liquidity has continued to improve and has most recently dramatically increased with the entrance of two London-based dealers willing and able to commit capital to trades.  Average daily volume has jumped from 4,400 contracts in 2016 to 7,500[...]

  • VIX | Morning Call | Aug 1, 2017, 7:39 AM

    CBOE Morning Call 8/1/2017

    CBOE Morning Call 8/1/2017

    Big Picture About 3/4‘s of the companies in the S&P 500 that have already reported second quarter earnings beat their estimates.  This sounds impressive, but according the Bank of America Merrill Lynch the stock price reactions have been muted (despite the S&P 500 pushing the 2500 level).  Yesterday the Chicago PMI was lower than expectations, but Pending Home Sales was higher than expectations.  Nothing can go wrong if housing sales are strong, right?  We get[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 29, 2017, 11:32 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

    On a week over week basis the S&P 500 was down fractionally.  One would not assume such a small move from SPX when looking at the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve below.  VXST and VIX made nice moves to the upside while the longer end of the curve moved up a bit less resulting in a slight flattening of the curve.  The long funds that focus on the first and second month futures were up slightly while the short funds were down slightly.  SKEW and VVIX both[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 29, 2017, 9:11 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options 7/24/2017 - 7/28/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options 7/24/2017 - 7/28/2017

    This past week is one of those weeks where those new to VIX futures get a lesson in price behavior and the lack of fair value that exists between the futures and the spot index.  VIX rose almost 10% on the week, the August contract was unchanged and the rest of the curve actually moved lower.  The curve had been steep and the result was futures not budging too much when VIX got moving to the upside.  As we enter the last five months of the year I would like to highlight where we[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 22, 2017, 3:10 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 07/17/2017 - 7/21/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 07/17/2017 - 7/21/2017

    VIX finished the week just off all-time lows and the VXST - VIX - VXV - VXMT curve shifted lower.  This is a result of realized volatility for S&P 500 price action remaining low and there not appearing to be any speed bumps on the horizon for the financial markets.  VVIX dipped below 80.00 to finish the week and TYVIX is near all-time lows despite there being an FOMC meeting this Wednesday.  The long funds continue to suffer (discussed a little more shortly) and the short funds[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 21, 2017, 6:54 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 7/17/2017 - 7/21/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 7/17/2017 - 7/21/2017

    VIX closed Friday a tad shy of an all-time low while the S&P 500 continues to push higher having gained just over ½ a percent last week.  The curve below does appear steep, but the context of VIX being so low should be taken into account. One trader came into the VIX pit mid-day on Friday with what could be considered a massive trade.  With VIX at 9.76 and the standard October contract at 13.70 someone came in with a three-leg bullish trade on VIX.  They sold 262,441 VIX[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2017, 10:27 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    Stocks had a nice week with many indexes achieving all-time highs.  Small cap stocks in the form of the Russell 2000 (RUT) gained 0.92%, but this rise was outpaced by the Russell 1000 (RUI) which was up 1.4% for the week.  Lately I’ve been fixated on the relationship between the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) and VIX.  The RVX premium had been shrinking which led me to think a resurgence in relative performance for small caps was on the horizon.  This trend reversed[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2017, 10:24 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    VIX finished the week at the lowest close since 1993, but the two lower closes came during a holiday week so I’m considering consulting with other VIX watchers with respect to if this is basically an all-time low.  Note the dramatic move in the July contract that goes off the board on the open Monday. The most exciting activity we got from VIX came around lunchtime on Tuesday.  Many traders may have miss VIX running to the mid-11’s and the July contract trading around 12.50. [...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2017, 8:54 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/10/2017 - 7/14/2017

    We only have data going back to the 2007 – 2008 period for the non-VIX SPX related indexes on the diagram below.  VXST, VXV, and VXMT all made all-time lows, based on the history we have to work with, on the close Friday.  VIX closing at 9.51 was the third lowest on record.  However, the two instances of lower closing prices for VIX occurred on December 22nd and 23rd of 1993 (9.38 and 9.41).  In December 1993, the 24th was a market holiday as Christmas fell on the 25th. [...]

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