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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Day One of 31st Annual Risk Management Conference Agenda

CBOE’s 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) will be held March 4 – 6, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California.  RMC is the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of equity derivatives and volatility products.  If you’re a financial professional interested in learning the latest risk management techniques and how […]

Last Week in VIX – 1/25/2015

The S&P 500 was strong and VIX was weak last week. We returned to contango in VIX world as the S&P 500 was up 1.6% for the week. This despite having a tough Friday. Note the February future is at a pretty nice premium to the spot index. This may be a function of the […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 1/25/2015

Last week was another roller coaster ride for the equity market and subsequently the volatility markets. The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT volatility curve shifted back into contango and shook off a mild market drop on Friday to stay that way. With VIX having a 16 handle, I am beginning to wonder if […]

Block Trade Analysis – VIX Jan 20 Calls from 1/20/2015

Yesterday as the trading day got started I heard a shout to my right (which is the direction of the VIX pit) as a big trade came into the VIX arena. It turns out all the hubbub was about a buyer of 80,000 VIX Jan 20 Calls who paid 0.75 for 8,370 and 0.80 for […]

Last Week in VIX – 1/18/2015

If the January VIX futures could speak they probably would say something like, “I told you so”. Of course the contracts can’t speak, but the point behind this is a week ago the January contract closed at a pretty substantial premium to VIX relative to recent history. A week later both the January contract and […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 1/18/2015

Despite Friday’s rally, the S&P 500 was down four of five days and gave up about 1.25% last week. At the worst point the S&P 500 was down over 3% on the week and then of course it shook off the dip and rallied to end the week. You can’t keep a good market down […]

Last Week in VIX – 1/11/2015

This past week was one of those where the week over week change in the VIX term structure does no justice whatsoever to the price action. The S&P 500 dropped 0.65% from Friday to Friday. However, at the worst point the S&P 500 was down 3.2% and at the highest point the S&P 500 was […]

Last Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 1/11/2015

When we have volatile weeks like last week I will alter the various term structure of volatility charts included in these blogs. The first graphic is an example of this where I added Tuesday’s closing levels for VXST, VIX, VXV, and VXMT to the typical week over week curve. Something that really stands out to […]

Was Yesterday’s VIX Action Indicating Market Panic?

While most people were watching the markets today I was running from meeting to meeting and only had a couple of chances to check out what was going on in the markets. Usually on days like this we can hear extra volume (not numerical, but audible) at The Options Institute as our offices are just […]

2014 VIX Review

In 2014 VIX managed to reach the highest levels seen in over two years.  This happened despite a fairly bullish year for the S&P 500 with the index achieving a record high more than fifty times.  also, as seen below most of the VIX action occurred in the 3rd quarter after a fairly quiet summer. Some […]

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