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VXSLV Up 30% and GVZ Up a Record 39.4% on Friday – By Matt Moran

On Friday April 12th – The CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) rose 6.03 points to close at 21.32. The 39.4% rise was an all-time record for a one-day % rise for the GVZ Index.  CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) Security Futures now are offered for trading. The CBOE Silver ETF Volatility Index (VXSLV) […]

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 […]

All-time High Closing Values Today for VPD, VPN, and 6 Other Indexes By Matt Moran

March 28, 2013 – Below are the closing values and CBOE microwebsite addresses for eight indexes that hit their all-time daily closing highs today (the last trading day of the quarter) — 236.99                   VPD – CBOE VIX Premium Strategy Index            www.cboe.com/VPD 234.23                   VPN – CBOE Capped VIX Premium Strategy Index             www.cboe.com/VPN 158.11                   VXTH – CBOE VIX […]

European Vol Indexes (VSTOXX and VCAC) Up More Than 27% Since Mid-March By Matt Moran

MARCH 26, 2013 –Since the banking crisis in Cyprus began in mid-March, investors have asked – How nervous are the markets in Europe and worldwide? and – How can I manage my worldwide portfolio exposure? Investors now have more tools to track and manage worldwide volatility and portfolio exposure.  CBOE offers 20 indexes designed to […]

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 […]

VIX Recently Has Been “High” (vs. SPX Historic Volatility) By Matt Moran

Over the past year, and particularly at times when the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) was below 15, several people have asked me questions such as – Why is the VIX so low? Shouldn’t the VIX be at higher levels, particularly in light of worldwide uncertainties and volatility? An argument could be made that VIX recently […]

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. […]

VXAZN Index Fell a Record 37.5% Today

Jan. 30, 2013 – Today the CBOE Equity VIX® on Amazon (VXAZN) fell 37.5% – a record one-day fall in percentage terms for the index.  VXAZN is designed to measure the expected volatility of Amazon.com (AMZN) stock.   The data history for the VXAZN Index goes back to June 2010. A link to spreadsheets is at […]

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 […]

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