Category Archives: Financial Markets

The Week in VIX Options and Exchange Traded Notes – July 12, 2013

Second quarter earnings season started this past week with the bulk of reports coming next week.  So far the S&P 500 seems to be positive on earnings season (or something else) as the index rose almost 3% for the week ending July 12th.  This was actually the best week for the S&P 500 since rebounding […]

CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index and the Price of Gold

The price of gold is getting a ton of press these days with some calling for the spot price to break $1000 an ounce and others calling a bottom at current levels.  When there is extra chatter like this about a certain market and divergent views I like to see what the market may be […]

The Week in VIX and VXN – July 5, 2013

VIX and VXN were both on hold in front of expected news on Thursday and Friday.  While we celebrated the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday the European Central Bank made comments following a regularly scheduled meeting that pushed equity markets higher around the world.  Not to be outdone some of us […]

The Week in Gold and Oil Volatility – July 5, 2013

During the previous week the price of gold made new two years lows with the SPDR Gold ETF (GLD – 118.09) closing at 115.94 last Thursday.  The 115 price level seems to be developing as a new support level as it appears GLD likes price levels that end in ‘0’ or ‘5’.  The CBOE Gold […]

The Week in Emerging Market Volatility – July 5, 2013

In the emerging market space 2013 has turned out to be a very tough year.  The iShares FTSE China Index Fund ETF (FXI – 32.07) is down 18.5% this year and is indicative of the tough time the iShares Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM – 37.37) has had losing 14.7% on the year.  Despite the […]

The Week in VIX Options and Exchange Trade Products – July 5, 2013

The market was sort of on hold for the first three days this past week based on the Independence Day holiday disrupting the normal flow of trading.  In addition there was sort of a pause in place before the European Central Bank interest rate decision that came out while many of us were taking the […]

VIX and VXN – Week of 6/21/2013

It was a tumultuous week for VIX.  June settlement came in at 17.22 which was the highest settlement value since last year.  The S&P 500 was off 2.11% which matched the worst weekly performance in 2013.  Thursday, with the stock market under pressure VIX closed over 20.00 for the first time this year and the […]

Gold and Oil Volatility – Week of 6/21/2013

For those that follow technical analysis and support and resistance levels you understand that when support is broken it becomes resistance for a market.  The price of gold in the form of the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD – 125.05) had been holding the 130 – 131 level for the past few weeks since dropping […]

Emerging Market Volatility Week of 6/21/2013

There is no real way to quantify 2,000,000 people protesting their government, but the CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEWZ – 38.47) came pretty close this week rising over 22% on the week.  On Thursday it actually closed above the 40.00 level for the first time since a year and a week ago on June […]

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 […]

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