Russell Rhoads, CFA

Director of Education
CBOE Options Institute
Biography
Russell Rhoads, CFA, is Director of Education for the CBOE Options Institute having joined CBOE as an instructor in 2009. His career before CBOE included positions at a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, Balyasny Asset Management, and Millennium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing. He is the author of five market related books including Trading VIX Derivatives, Option Spread Trading, and Trading Weekly Options. He is currently finishing up two books to be published in the summer of 2016, Volatility Trading Strategies and Options for Institutions and Advisors. Finally, he co-authored material to be included in Level II of the CFA program beginning in the spring of 2017. In addition to his duties for the CBOE, he is an adjunct instructor at Loyola University and the University of Illinois - Chicago. He is a double graduate of the University of Memphis with a BBA ('92) and an MS ('94) in Finance and also received a Master's Certificate in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Tech in 2003. In addition to his duties for CBOE, he is currently pursuing a PhD from Oklahoma State University with an expected graduation date of December 2017.

Author Archives: Russell Rhoads, CFA

Volatility History Lesson – The 2012 Election

I’ve been getting lots of questions with respect to how volatility acts around US elections.  We don’t have a lot of history to work with, but we do have data on how the four volatility indexes based on SPX option trading did four years ago.  I did a little digging and reconstructed the VXST – […]

The Election and Sector Volatility

So, last week I looked at the implied volatility of various option markets that expired just before and just after next week’s election.  You can read all about that here.  Of course, as we all know, things changed a bit last Friday.  When things change, I start running numbers.  First I updated the table from […]

Weekend Review – VIX Futures and Options – 10/30/2016

VIX had a pretty stellar week, aided by the new on Friday, to finish over 20% higher. Spot VIX may be buying into a new scandal, but the futures did not.  The curve is as flat as it has been in months which tells me traders expect this move in VIX to be short lived. […]

Weekend Review – Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 10/30/2016

As a good number, but not all (some of us are White Sox fans) of the traders on the floor at CBOE were starting to think about where they were going to be that evening to watch Game 3 of the World Series, some news broke that shook the equity markets.  I don’t need to […]

Weekend Review – Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 10/2/2016

The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT Curve is a consistent way to look at different S&P 500 Option Implied Volatility time frames.  All four indexes moved up a bit last week, with the curve shape maintaining a pretty steep shape. The ETPs were a mixed bag last week.  VXX and the other long […]

Weekend Review – VIX Options and Futures – 10/2/2016

The VIX curve did The Twist (cue Chuck Berry) as spot VIX rose 8% and the front month October contract was up by just over 1%.  Beyond the front month all things were red. The highest closing level for VIX last week came on Monday with the spot index finishing the day at 14.50.  One […]

Weekend Review – VIX Options and Futures – 9/11/2016

The streak of SPX doldrums came to an end on Friday with the orderly drop of over 50 points for which resulted in VIX rising to 17.50.  Everything worth noting happened on Friday which may have added to the angst that resulted in the S&P 500 closing near the daily lows and VIX closing near […]

Weekend Review – Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 9/11/2016

VXST more than doubled as a function of the index being depressed in front of the three-day weekend and then in reaction to Friday’s SPX sell off.  As would be expected, the rest of the VXST-VIX-VXV-VXMT curve moved higher as well, but outside of VXST relative to VIX we are still in a state of […]

Weekend Review – VIX Options and Futures 9/4/2016

VIX finished the week just under 12.  We can attribute this to a combination of the equity market being pleased by Friday’s August Non-Farm Payroll report along with the three-day weekend effect.  Note the September futures, which settle on the 21st moved lower, but held up a bit relative to spot VIX.  This is common […]

Weekend Review – Volatility Indexes and ETPs 9/4/2016

The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve does what it normally does on a pre three-day weekend week and got steeper.  It’s been a while since I ran the numbers but I’m fairly certain VXST almost always drops before a holiday weekend and then rebounds when we all return to work refreshed and […]

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