Category Archives: Futures and Options

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 […]

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 […]

VXEEM, GVZ, & VXSLV All Rose More Than 30% Today – By Matt Moran

June 20, 2013 — In the past five years many investors have bemoaned the fact it can be more challenging to properly diversify portfolios, in that many investments have a distressing tendency to decline in tandem with other investments. As shown in the charts below, many securities (including the SPX Index, GLD ETF, SLV ETF, […]

Vol Indexes Up +17% So Far This Month – VHSI, VCAC, and VXEWZ – By Matt Moran

June 14, 2013 — Volatility indexes that have risen more than 17% so far this month include the VHSI – HSI Volatility Index (Hong Kong), the VCAC – CAC-40 Volatility Index (France), and the VXEWZ – CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index. On the other hand, the OVX – CBOE Crude Oil Volatility Index has fallen […]

New CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Vol. Index (VXTYN) by Matt Moran

May 23, 2013 — Today a press release announced that CBOE began disseminating values for a new volatility benchmark index using futures options data on CME Group’s 10-year U.S. Treasury note contract.  The CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility IndexSM (ticker symbol VXTNYSM) is the first volatility index based on U.S. government debt to be […]

SPX Tops Its First 100-Point Milestone in 13 Years – By Matt Moran

An interesting way to look at trends in the S&P 500® (SPXTM) Index is to look at the dates on which it first closed above its 100-point milestones. As shown in the table below, the SPX first closed above 200 in Nov. 1985, above 500 in March 1995, above 1000 in Feb. 1998, and above […]

Volatility Skewness Can Impact Hedging Costs – By Matt Moran

On Monday April 15th — the price of gold plunged 9.4% (its biggest daily drop in 30 years), the price of silver fell 11.3%, the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) rose 61.7% (a record one-day move), and new all-time records were established for daily trading volumes for VIX® futures, VIX options and GVZ futures.  […]

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