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%).

Avg Daily volume 1st Q


It is interesting to note the put/call ratios for both the SPX and VIX options for the time periods covered in the above chart —

  • 1.58                        SPX options 1Q’13
  • 1.74                        SPX options 1Q’12
  • 0.47                        VIX options 1Q’13
  • 0.68                        VIX options 1Q’12

SPX options often have had put/call ratios well above 1, while the VIX options put/call ratios usually have been below 1.  While calls and puts can be used in a variety of ways by buyers and sellers, two of the simplest strategies for portfolio protection are the use of long SPX protective puts and long VIX calls.


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