Author Archives: Russell Rhoads, CFA

VIX Options and Exchange Traded Products – Week of 6/21

This week’s 2.11% drop in the S&P 500 matches the worst week this year.  The other 2.11% drop occurred when the S&P 500 came under pressure in mid-April in conjunction with the headline grabbing drop in the price of gold that week.  What is different this time is that market volatility was a bit more […]

Volatility Curves All Flat or in Backwardation

With pressure abounding in the financial markets volatility as a tradable asset had quite a day.  The CBOE Futures Exchange experienced the second busiest day in history as all six volatility indexes that have futures markets were up significantly.  The one day performance for each index was – S&P 500 – VIX 20.49 +3.85 (23.14%) […]

VIX Trading Today – 6/20/2013

With the relentless selloff that occurred today in the S&P 500, VIX reacted as would be expected and rose 23% to close over 20.00 for the first time in 2013.  VIX futures trading volume was exceptionally high coming in at 347,889 which is a second best in history.  The biggest volume day was back in […]

VXTYN in Front of the Fed Decision

Tomorrow in the middle of the afternoon the markets will brace, take a deep breath, and then parse the wording of the press release from the Federal Reserve.  Consensus is that the Fed Funds target rate will stay in the 0.00% – 0.25% range where is has been since December 2008.  The real focus seems […]

Last Week’s VIX Action by Russell Rhoads, CFA

Both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 were up slightly last week and both VIX and VXN were up as well.  That is where the similarity between VIX and VXN action ends.  Despite a higher VIX, all VIX futures contracts were lower on the week.  It appears that risk farther out on the curve is finally […]

Last Week’s VIX Action by Russell Rhoads, CFA

The S&P reached the 1500 level and then some this week.  The interesting action is that VIX and VVIX were higher as well.  It’s odd to have the weekly change for all the same color (red or green), but SPX, VIX, and VVIX were all green.   VIX held up in a higher S&P 500 market Friday which […]

Last Week’s VIX Action by Russell Rhoads, CFA

US equity market volatility has reached levels not seen in some time.   The market (for the most part) continues to trade in narrow daily ranges which results in low realized volatility.  As the moves are mostly to the upside VIX and VXN have come under some extra pressure.  VIX went out Friday at 12.46.  Do […]

Last Week’s VIX Action by Russell Rhoads, CFA

This past week VIX was quoted at the lowest levels seen before the financial crisis of 2007 and VIX continues to spend time in the 13’s.  The low level of VIX has been getting a lot of attention, but VVIX has also been making some significant lows.  Last Friday VVIX closed at an all-time low […]

2012 VIX in Context by Russell Rhoads, CFA

In Chapter 9 of Trading VIX Derivatives I discuss VIX as a stock market indicator. The relationship between VIX and VIX futures is discussed and to smooth futures data I created what I call the Modified VIX Futures contract. The motivation behind creation of this Modified VIX Futures contract was to have a consistent futures […]

Last Week’s VIX Action

Most of the week Dec VIX futures were at a discount to the spot VIX index. This was despite the November employment report being released on Friday. The market yawned at the report with the S&P 500 finishing up slightly on the week and VIX finished the week basically unchanged. The December contract spent most […]

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