Russell Rhoads, CFA

Senior Instructor
The Options Institute
Biography
Russell Rhoads, CFA, is a Senior Instructor with the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He joined the Institute in 2008 after a career as an investment analyst and trader with a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, TradeLink Securities and Millenium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing. In 2008 he wrote Candlestick Charting For Dummies. Since joining the Options Institute he authored Option Spread Trading: A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Tactics which was released in January 2011 and recently finished work on Trading VIX Derivatives: Trading and Hedging Strategies Using VIX Futures, Options, and Exchange Traded Notes which was published in August 2011. He recently finished work on The Warren Buffett Way 3rd Edition Workbook and Trading Weekly Options: Pricing Characteristics and Short Term-Trading Strategies. In addition to his duties for the CBOE, he is an adjunct instructor at Benedictine University  and acts as an instructor for the Options Industry Council. 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 Institute of Technology in 2003.

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The Brazilian Election and Volatility Market

On Monday the Brazilian equity market reacted somewhat as expected to the re-election of Dilma Rousseff to another term as president of Brazil. When I say as expected, Rousseff is not considered very business friendly and her election resulted in about a 4% drop in the iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (EWZ).   This 4% drop […]

VIX Last Week

Like many people that make their living focusing on the financial markets I subscribe to @zerohedge on my twitter stream. Some of what comes from this is comical and over the top, but there are some very useful comments as well. Giving credit where credit is due @zerohedge pointed out that VIX was down 12% […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The prices of both gold and oil can often move together reacting to global events or current business conditions. Currently the two markets are both on the lower end of their historical price range, but oil is in a different place than gold. What I mean by that is that the price of oil does […]

Emerging Market Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The emerging market sector did not keep pace with US stocks this past week. EEM was up slightly, but the influence of the US markets had influence on VXEEM which was down almost 23% on the week.   The fun market to watch over the past few weeks has been Brazil. This weekend is the […]

Nasdaq-100 and Russell 2000 Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The Nasdaq-100 (NDX) rebounded in sync with the other broad based indexes last week rising almost 6%. VXN responded with a drop of 22.48%. Despite NDX outperforming the S&P 500 VXN did not drop more than VIX. We are still in the midst of earnings season and with several NDX component stocks yet to report […]

Short Term Volatility Last Week -10/26/2014

The CBOE Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) was down 38% last week as the stock market had the best week in almost two years. The five day drop from the previous Thursday to this past Thursday was a whopping 47%. I recently taught a class where a student commented that volatility does not seem to drop […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 10/26/2014

The S&P 500 put up the biggest gain in almost two years last week. This put a little pressure on volatility indexes that are based on S&P 500 index option pricing.   Saying a little pressure is just being modest. The term structure change below is about as dramatic as it gets for a one week […]

VIX Last Week – October 19, 2014

At the worst point last week the S&P 500 was down 9.5% from the closing high of 2011.36 on September 18th and down about 4.5% from last Friday’s close. By Friday we came back to less frightening levels and closed the week down 6.2% from the all time closing high and down 1% on the […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – October 19, 2014

Commodity related implied volatility tends to react to a break of support or resistance through an upside move. Often implied volatility will drop when a commodity is stuck in a range or a test of support or resistance holds. We actually have a case of both going on right now. I’ll start with support holding […]

Emerging Market Volatility Last Week – October 19, 2014

Both EEM and EWZ moved higher last week, despite the drop in the S&P 500. Also, the respective volatility indexes moved up based on an increase in global equity risk perceptions. I’ll start here with the duller of the two and talk about VXEEM. EEM rose just over .5% and VXEEM was up over 10% […]

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