Last Week in VIX- 4/20/2015

We closed a chapter in VIX history with the April 2015 contract going off the board last week and May stepping in to be the new front month. May finished the week over a point closer to the spot VIX index as VIX rose over 10% and the May future only gained about 1.6%.

VIX Futures Curve

About 45 minutes into the trading day there was a volatility trader looking out to June and expecting VIX to remain below 18.00 or at least be under 18 at June settlement. The trader sold 9,200 VIX Jun 18 Calls at 1.63 and then purchased 9,200 VIX Jun 26 Calls for 0.63 and a net credit of 1.00. The payoff diagram below shows the result at expiration along with closing prices for VIX and the June VIX future.

VIX PO

June VIX futures finished the week at about a 3 point premium to the spot index. Remember that VIX option prices are derived from a level closer to the corresponding future than the spot index so VXM5 near 17 results in a 1 to 7 reward to risk trade with the spot index below 14.00.

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 4/20/2015

Despite an ugly Friday both VXST and VIX remains pretty low relative to recent levels. I again included the 2014 average closing levels to the chart below. This inclusion isn’t so much about noting VIX is lower, but that VXV (3 month volatility) moved above the 2014 average and VXMT (6 month volatility) remains higher […]

A VIX for the Energy Sector

As oil prices have fallen, many investors with exposure to energy companies have wisely kept an eye on VIX. But there is another volatility benchmark – one more suited to energy equity investments – which investors should also watch carefully: VXXLE. VXXLE is the ticker for the CBOE Energy Sector ETF Volatility Index. This index has same […]

Last Week in VIX – 3/16 – 3/20

Last week VIX experienced the second biggest week over week percentage drop for 2015. The largest move lower occurred the week before the three day Martin Luther King holiday weekend so that one may need to be given an asterisk.   However, VIX going back to the tweens last week should not be ignored as an […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 3/16 – 3/20

I’m repeating the alteration I did last week to the term structure chart below. Instead of a week over week comparison I show the closing levels for VXST, VIX, VXV, and VXMT relative to the average levels in 2014. Note that near term volatility has thrown in the towel, but concern about a potential downturn […]

33 Speakers at RMC Cover Skew, Vol of Vol, Options-Based Funds, etc.

At the 31st Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) on March 4 – 6, 2015 in California, thirty-three expert speakers (see list below) spoke on a variety of subjects, including skew, volatility of volatility, and a new 2015 study with the first-ever list of publicly available list 119 Options-Based Funds. Speakers noted that Extended Trading […]

VIX Last Week – 2/23 – 2/27

The S&P 500 hardly budged on a week over week basis and VIX drifted lower. The March future drifted lower basically in sync with the index, but is still at a health premium relative to the index. I’m attributing that to the pending employment numbers coming out next week. I need to do a study […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 2/23 – 2/27

Last week was fairly quiet despite the second revision of GDP coming in a little light. We may see a little more volatility action in the coming week as on Wednesday the ADP Employment Change report is released Wednesday before the open and then the government version of the employment report coming on Friday. Both […]

Extended Hours for VIX Option Trading Begins 3/2

The question we have heard over the last several years was “CBOE VIX Futures have extended trading, when will VIX Options have Extended Trading Hours”? On Monday, March 2nd,  Extended Trading Hours (ETH) for VIX options will launch.  Trading hours will be from 2:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Central Time (“CT”).  Regular VIX trading will […]

Last Week in VIX – 2/22/2015

VIX was down some last week and the newly christened front month March future followed the index lower and then some. Despite the drop, the March future finished Friday at a pretty steep premium relative to the index which shows that despite the S&P 500 making new highs, the volatility market isn’t convinced 2015 will […]

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