Category Archives: Futures and Options

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 […]

Portfolio Protection Tools, As SPX Tops 1515 – By Matt Moran

This past Friday the S&P 500® Index (SPX) closed at 1517.93, and some investors are asking if now is the time to implement portfolio protection strategies.  Over the past decade the SPX Index had its highest daily close of 1565.15 on Oct. 9, 2007, and its lowest daily close of 676.53 on March 9, 2009. […]

Record Monthly Volume for VIX Futures and Options by Matt Moran

In January 2013 both options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) established new all-time monthly volume records. VIX Index options recorded their best month ever with an average daily volume (ADV) of 680,822 contracts, exceeding the previous record ADV of 582,022 contracts in August 2011.  Total volume for the month was 14.3 million […]

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 […]

What % Allocation to VIX Futures and Options for Portfolio Diversification?

During times when the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) is at relatively low levels, we often receive investor questions such as – how much of an allocation might I make to VIX futures and options in order to try to diversify my portfolio? RELATIVELY LOW RECENT VALUES FOR VIX In 2012 the average daily closing value […]

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 […]

VIX – Record “Cliff” Dive (Down 39.1%) and Record Volume

Jan. 4, 2013 – The CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) closed at 13.83 today and was down a record 39.1% this week as the U.S. Congress approved legislation to address the fiscal cliff uncertainties. VIX – BIGGEST 1-WEEK MOVES SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN JAN. 1990  Here is a list of the weeks when VIX had its […]

In 2012 VXAPL Rose 25.5% and VXGOG Fell 7.1%

Many investors noted the lack of volatility in the broad stock markets in 2012 – the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) Index had an average daily closing value of 17.82 for the year, the lowest such value since 2007. Some tech stocks experienced more volatility than the S&P 500 in 2012. For example, Apple (AAPL) rose […]

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