Category Archives: Futures and Options

The Brazilian Election and Volatility Market

On Monday the Brazilian equity market reacted somewhat as expected to the re-election of Dilma Rousseff to another term as president of Brazil. When I say as expected, Rousseff is not considered very business friendly and her election resulted in about a 4% drop in the iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (EWZ).   This 4% drop […]

Options Average Daily Volume Up This Month – 1.3 Million for SPX and 1 Million for VIX – By Matt Moran

I recently showed a chart with the yearly growth in volume in options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) to a senior executive at a financial services firm, and the executive said that the VIX options volume strong growth in recent years was hard for him to believe, in light of the fact that the […]

VIX Last Week

Like many people that make their living focusing on the financial markets I subscribe to @zerohedge on my twitter stream. Some of what comes from this is comical and over the top, but there are some very useful comments as well. Giving credit where credit is due @zerohedge pointed out that VIX was down 12% […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The prices of both gold and oil can often move together reacting to global events or current business conditions. Currently the two markets are both on the lower end of their historical price range, but oil is in a different place than gold. What I mean by that is that the price of oil does […]

Emerging Market Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The emerging market sector did not keep pace with US stocks this past week. EEM was up slightly, but the influence of the US markets had influence on VXEEM which was down almost 23% on the week.   The fun market to watch over the past few weeks has been Brazil. This weekend is the […]

Nasdaq-100 and Russell 2000 Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The Nasdaq-100 (NDX) rebounded in sync with the other broad based indexes last week rising almost 6%. VXN responded with a drop of 22.48%. Despite NDX outperforming the S&P 500 VXN did not drop more than VIX. We are still in the midst of earnings season and with several NDX component stocks yet to report […]

Short Term Volatility Last Week -10/26/2014

The CBOE Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) was down 38% last week as the stock market had the best week in almost two years. The five day drop from the previous Thursday to this past Thursday was a whopping 47%. I recently taught a class where a student commented that volatility does not seem to drop […]

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Last Week – 10/26/2014

The S&P 500 put up the biggest gain in almost two years last week. This put a little pressure on volatility indexes that are based on S&P 500 index option pricing.   Saying a little pressure is just being modest. The term structure change below is about as dramatic as it gets for a one week […]

VXEWZ Index at All-time High of 72.83 As Brazilian Election Nears – By Matt Moran

Oct. 20, 2014 – Today’s closing price was an all-time daily closing high of 72.83 for the CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEWZ), which reflects the implied volatility of the EWZ ETF. Futures and options on the VXEWZ Index provide investors with tools to manage exposure to Brazil, the EWZ ETF, and related volatility. A […]

VIX Last Week – October 19, 2014

At the worst point last week the S&P 500 was down 9.5% from the closing high of 2011.36 on September 18th and down about 4.5% from last Friday’s close. By Friday we came back to less frightening levels and closed the week down 6.2% from the all time closing high and down 1% on the […]

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