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Portfolio Protection, Tail Risk and 11 Histograms

With U.S. stock market indexes recently hitting all-time highs, there is quite a bit investor uncertainty about the markets and there is high demand for protection from large market declines. One metric providing evidence of this high demand is the CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW). In the 27 years from 1990 through 2016, the average daily […]

Demand for Disaster Protection Increases as CBOE SKEW Index Hits a Six-Month High – By Matt Moran

JAN. 18, 2017 – Today the CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW) closed at 143.43, its highest value since June 2016. CBOE SKEW Index values, which are calculated from weighted strips of out-of-the-money S&P 500 options, rise to higher levels as investors become more fearful of a “black swan” event — an unexpected event of large magnitude […]

20 Volatility Indexes in 2016: BPVIX Rose 277% Pre-Brexit, and On Election Night VIX Futures Rose 55%

Dozens of worldwide volatility indexes can serve as valuable tools for investors who wish to gauge intraday and long-term sentiment changes related to a variety of asset classes. In addition, investors take long and short positions in futures and options on key volatility indexes. The tables and seven graphs below provide an overview of the […]

On Election Eve, Volatility Indexes for Stocks, Gold, Currencies & Volatility Fall By More than 8% (after Record 9-Day Up-Streak)

NOV. 7 – Last week I heard about quite a bit of new interest in portfolio protection strategies, and on November 4 the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose on a ninth consecutive day (a new all-time record for the VIX Index over its price history dating back to January 1990). However, today (the date before […]

Will VIX Futures Prices Move During the Sunday Night Debate? – By Matt Moran

OCTOBER 7. 2016 – On the night of September 26 a debate-record 84 million people tuned in to watch the first of three U.S. Presidential debates. During the debate there were movements in the prices of futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®), S&P 500® futures, and the Mexican peso (see below for a chart […]

Sept. 22 Webinar – Case Studies on Institutional Investor Use of VIX

On Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. E.T., S&P Dow Jones Indices and CBOE will co-host a complimentary webinar for financial professionals on the topic of — How are Institutional Investors Using VIX®?  Financial professionals who wish to register and see more information are welcome to visit this link — http://bit.ly/VIX-Sep22. The panel will cover: […]

VIX® Index Jumps 49.3% on Friday, with Record Overnight Volume for VIX Futures – By Matt Moran

The CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose 49.3% on June 24, after the results of the Brexit referendum were announced. The VIX Index is a key measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500® stock index option prices. FUTURES ON THE VIX INDEX On June 24 the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) announced […]

Key VIX Futures Prices Jump More Than 60% By Early Friday Morning – By Matt Moran

JUNE 24, 2016 – Prices for certain futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose more than 60% during the early part of the June 24 trading day, as more updates about the anticipated results of the Brexit referendum were divulged. At around 12:45 am ET on June 24 — (1) the VIX Weekly […]

Records for VIX Futures and for SPXW Wednesday Expirations – by Matt Moran

Below are updates on (1) VIX futures, (2) SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly options, and (3) the BPVIX Index. (1.) RECORD OPEN INTEREST. Futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®), which launched in 2004, experienced some milestones regarding open interest in recent days – VIX futures open interest surpassed 500,000 for the first time on June 6; […]

BPVIX Hits Highest Level in 7 Years, So Let’s See the Skew and Term Structure for Listed Options

On Monday the CBOE/CME FX British Pound Volatility Index (BPVIX) closed at 22.59, its highest daily close since March 2009, and the BPVIX Index has risen 161.8% so far this year (through June 6). A number of news articles have noted that the implied volatility for British Pound has risen during the past month because […]

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