Category Archives: Futures and Options

Strong Options Volume Growth for Both SPX (Up 22%) and VIX (Up 48%) By Matt Moran

Both the S&P 500® (SPX) and the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) index options experienced strong volume growth in the 1st quarter of 2013 compared with the 1st quarter of 2012 – SPX options average daily volume rose to 809,067 (up 22%) and VIX options average daily volume rose to 633,811 (up 48%). PUT/CALL RATIOS It […]

Total VIX Futures Volume Sets Record for 3rd Month in a Row By Matt Moran

A record 3,220,977 futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) traded during March, exceeding the 3,062,344 contracts traded in February (the previous record) by five percent. March’s VIX futures volume rose by 64 percent when compared to the 1,963,893 contracts traded a year ago.  VIX futures have set all-time total volume records for three […]

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 […]

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