Tag Archives: VXX

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – 11/3/2013

Despite an FOMC announcement this past week the activity in VIX and volatility related trading was pretty tame this past week.  This appears to be the new status quo since the government shutdown came to a temporary end.   I spoke to one trader from the VIX pit last week who confided that he felt any […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – 10/26/2013

If the theme in the volatility market needed to be summed up with one word it would be “calm”.  I can break out the thesaurus, yes I have a real one, other words that may be used are “tranquil”, “peaceful”, and “serene”.   As the S&P 500 closed at all-time highs again the volatility market took […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – October 20, 2013

This is a second week where highlighting the VXST – VIX – VXV curve from day to day tells the story of the week.  VIX was up on fear and off on calm trading at levels not seen in about two months on the downside after the government pushed the can down the road.  The […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – October 13, 2013

The difference from Friday to Friday does not do justice to the week we just experienced in the world of volatility trading.   A prime example was the action in VVIX.  VVIX managed to top 120.00 during the day on Wednesday.  This is a price level not seen for the VIX of VIX since August 2011.  […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – October 6, 2013

The S&P 500 bounced off the 50 day moving average and the volatility market reacted with a drop into the 16’s on Friday after testing higher levels on Thursday.  The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX – 15.06) had a pretty good week and tracked the VIX performance closer than it has […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETPs – 9/28/2013

Reality returned to the equity market and the S&P 500 slipped back under 1700.  The drop of over 1% resulted in VIX moving higher by almost 18%.  However, the spillover effect to the long VIX strategy ETPs was not nearly as dramatic.  The heavily traded iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX – […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETPs – September 22, 2013

The equity market seems to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel  and beginning to relate.  The tunnel is the psychologically treacherous September – October period.  This year the feeling was it was going to be a more treacherous period due to the belief that Fed tapering was on the agenda.  An […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – September 13, 2013

In the face of the Fed tapering bond buying activities, a global political crisis, and the time of the year (between Labor Day and Halloween) that is always scary for the stock market the S&P 500 continues to be resilient.  Due to this ability to keep bouncing back I believe the 2013 stock market deserves […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETPs – September 6

September means lots of fun things.  The weather changes (abruptly in places like Chicago), football comes back around, and financial market participants get nervous.  These nerves are not about preparing for winter or fantasy football teams, but about the markets.  Everyone knows the big drops in the equity market have occurred in the latter months […]

Last Week in VIX Options and ETNs – August 30

For all the criticism that gets thrown at the iShares S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX – 17.04) it does do what it is supposed to do when it is supposed to do it.  That means when the S&P 500 sells off in a manner than results in a spike in VIX and […]

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