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

Last Week in VIX – 8/23/2015

VIX more than doubled last week in what was the biggest week over week percent change for VIX in history. Specifically VIX rose 118% from Friday to Friday.   This past week was August settlement week for VIX futures and options. In the past this would mean that the next expiring future would have weeks of […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 8/23/2015

The S&P 500 was down 5.77% and S&P 500 related volatility indexes did exactly what traders would expect. They shot higher and the curve became as inverted as it has been in the last three to four years. I’m pretty sure the last time the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve was in […]

Last Week in VIX – 8/16/2015

The S&P 500 rose slightly last week and the VIX curve was dramatically unchanged. Unchanged is an exaggeration, but in the four years that I have been posting blogs about VIX, this is the smallest week over week change I can remember. Something I have been watching for some time is the futures pricing relative […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 8/16/2015

Three out of four volatility indexes calculated using S&P 500 Index options to determine a consistent measure of implied volatility were lower last week. For all of 2015 the father dated volatility indexes have been elevated relative to VXST and VIX. We are now approaching a time where the potential for a rate hike is […]

Barron’s Discusses VIX Weeklys

This past weekend Steven Sears committed the whole Striking Price column in Barron’s to VIX Weeklys. I would strongly suggest checking out the full column, as well as reading it every weekend as it is a great way to learn more about options. Some highlights include – Weekly VIX futures contracts were introduced July 23th […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 8/9/2015

The over 1% drop in the stock market did not get traders too worried as VIX remains well under 14 and the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve maintained a distinct ‘normal looking’ curve. In 30 days we will be in early September, which is a time of year that often puts traders […]

Last Week in VIX – 7/19/2015

VIX closed at 11.95 which is the low for 2015 on Friday and below 12.00 for the first time this year. The week over week drop for VIX was 29% which is the third biggest one week drop in the history of VIX. The curve shifted accordingly, but do note with only two trading days […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 7/19/2015

Last week VIX did what I guess it is supposed to do and moved to very low levels to reflect that we are in the summer doldrums.   VIX dropped in a way it usually rallies and was down 29% last week for the third biggest one week drop since 1990. VXST was down over 43% […]

Last Week in VIX – July 6 – July 10

Nothing on the week over week curve chart shows what really happened last week in the markets. VIX finished the week in line with the previous week’s closing price as did the S&P 500.   However, at one point during the week VIX was just over the psychologically significant 20 level or up 19.4% and the […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – July 6 – July 10

From the pre-Independence day July 2nd close to this past Friday VXST was down 0.73, VIX was up by 0.04, VXV was 0.05 higher and VXMT finished 0.28 higher. VXST is sort of an anomaly as there is a 3-day weekend impact that pushes the index lower. As the week over week change does no […]

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