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.

Author Archives: Russell Rhoads, CFA

VIX Last Week – 7/20/2014

What a day VIX had last week. We got a 32% plus move in VIX and the second highest VIX futures volume ever. And then we returned to the new normal of VIX being a pre-teen. When VIX moves to the upper teens and stays there it is going to be a rude awakening for […]

Emerging Market Volatility Last Week – 7/20/2014

The emerging market space did not react in quite the same manner as the S&P 500 as rumors took stocks lower in a couple of legs down Thursday. We saw a gain in the implied volatility of EEM options, but not nearly to the extent as with the developed markets.   Brazil continues to be […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – 7/20/2014

The price of oil rose a bit in conjunction with the flare ups in the geopolitical situation this past week. However, oil had backed off from 2014 highs a few weeks ago and did not come close to surpassing those levels despite some real fear that showed up in the stock market. This resulted in […]

VXST Last Week – 7/20/2014

On Thursday VXST ran up from 10.26 to 16.23. I’ll catch some flak for this next sentence, but I’m pretty much resigned to always getting flak as long as I talk publicly about volatility markets. That means the CBOE Short-Term Volatility Index was up just over 58% which was the fourth biggest move (on a […]

Russell 2000 and Nasdaq-100 Volatility Last Week – 7/20/2014

Despite some interesting market movements last week VXN was down slightly. We can combine Friday’s market rebound from the latest one day crisis that occurred on Thursday along with INTC, EBAY, and GOOGL getting their earnings out of the way. I did notice that some big Nasdaq-100 components report next week (AAPL, AMGN, AMZN, and […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 7/20/2014

The week over week curve changes do not even come close to doing this past week’s volatility index action any justice. I got out my back up spreadsheet that allows me to plot three lines. The result is below. Note the purple line showing the short lived volatility event from Thursday. The pattern of a […]

Volatility Index Reactions to Thursday’s Market Action

The cool weather has been making it feel like summer is ending and the markets acted like it as well. History tells us that September and October are treacherous months for the stock market and like the cool weather we got a swoon in the S&P 500 today. The result was fairly decent moves in […]

VIX Last Week – 7/6/2014

VIX finished the week at a post 2008 low which can be attributed to a bullish reaction to the June jobs number and an extra-long weekend.   After attributing for a guesstimate of the impact of the extra days off on spot VIX I wonder if the July VIX contract is a bit overdone to […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – 7/6/2014

The United States Oil (USO – 38.25) ETF was lower last week as the geopolitical risk in the price of oil seems to be subsiding. We saw OVX rally a few weeks ago when the price of oil moved higher based on increased tension in the Middle East. Now the price of oil starts to […]

Russell 2000 and Nasdaq 100 Volatility Last Week – 7/6/2014

Both the Russell 2000 and Nasdaq-100 had strong weeks last week respectively rising over 1.5% and 2.0%. This compares to a 1.25% gain for the S&P 500. Despite their underlying markets outperforming the S&P 500, both VXN and RVX did not drop as much as VIX for the short week. I always believe there is […]

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