Category Archives: Economic Data

Bracketology – Biggest One-day Moves for VXST (up 81.7%) and GVZ (up 61.7%) – By Matt Moran

While many U.S. sports fans are bemoaning the fact that their NCAA basketball brackets have been demolished, options fans can always look to volatility indexes for intriguing comparisons that can help hone their trading and investment strategies. Below are two newly constructed brackets that use CBOE data. BIGGEST ONE-DAY MOVES One of the top reasons […]

Four Volatility Experts at CBOE on Wed. Mar. 26 – By Matt Moran

A panel discussion featuring four experts will survey the development and promise of volatility products. The panelists will include volatility product traders and users. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 5:00  to 7:00 p.m. at CBOE, 400 South LaSalle Street in Chicago. The four panelists will be:  Mike Edleson, Ph.D., CFA,  […]

Record Volume in 2013: VIX Futures Up 67%, and SPX Options Up 19% — By Matt Moran

JAN. 2, 2014 – Average daily volume for three key index contracts – options on the S&P 500 Index (SPX), and futures and options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) — all rose to new record levels in 2013. VIX options established new record high levels for trading volume in each of the seven years […]

Today OVX Index Rose 16%, and VXTYN Fell 0.8% – By Matt Moran

August 27, 2013 – Stock indexes fell today (Tuesday) as a story at www.wsj.com noted – “… the sell-off extends a decline from recent weeks blamed on expectations that the Federal Reserve will decide in September to scale back its economic stimulus efforts. Adding to the negative tone Tuesday is increased saber rattling on Capitol […]

VXTYN in Front of the Fed Decision

Tomorrow in the middle of the afternoon the markets will brace, take a deep breath, and then parse the wording of the press release from the Federal Reserve.  Consensus is that the Fed Funds target rate will stay in the 0.00% – 0.25% range where is has been since December 2008.  The real focus seems […]

SPX Tops Its First 100-Point Milestone in 13 Years – By Matt Moran

An interesting way to look at trends in the S&P 500® (SPXTM) Index is to look at the dates on which it first closed above its 100-point milestones. As shown in the table below, the SPX first closed above 200 in Nov. 1985, above 500 in March 1995, above 1000 in Feb. 1998, and above […]

Performance of Selected Tradable Volatility Indices: May 2012

May 2012 was a restless month in the US equity market. The S&P 500 Index declined 6% and VIX rose 40% from 17.15 (4/30/2012) to 24.06 (5/31/2012). The S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index and the S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures Index rose 28.71% and 13.13%, respectively. The S&P 500 Dynamic VIX Futures […]

Is Crude Oil More Volatile Than Stocks? Check Out the OVX Index

In recent years I often have heard the following questions: Are there other indexes that use the VIX® methodology to create implied volatility indexes for options on other asset classes and other stock indexes? How does the volatility of the S&P 500® Index compare to the volatility of other asset classes? The answer to question […]

The Relationship of the VIX Index and the Monthly Gross Premiums Generated by the BXM Index; Introducing the “Rule of 10”

Some investors who are new to options have asked these questions: How can I determine how much premium will be generated by a covered call strategy? Is a high VIX level related to high option premiums? If VIX is at a high level, does that mean that a covered call strategy will perform well? Many […]

Why Are There Different Prices for VIX® Spot and VIX Futures?

Investors often inquire as to why the prices and the price movements for the VIX (spot) Index and the VIX tradable instruments (futures, options, and ETPs) often are different. For example, yesterday (Tuesday, January 17th) the VIX spot closed at 22.20 and the VIX March futures closed at 25.55 (delayed price quotes are available at […]

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