Category Archives: Volatility

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 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 […]

New Study Presents First-Ever List of 119 Funds That Use Options – By Matt Moran

A groundbreaking new study — “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs” — analyzed SEC-regulated investment companies that focus on use of exchange-listed options for portfolio management (options-based funds). Key highlights of the study are summarized below, and for more analysis please visit www.cboe.com/funds. CO-AUTHORS of the CBOE-commissioned study (on […]

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 […]

BXY Index Highlighted by Rampart and by Goldman Sachs

What do portfolio managers say about investments to consider in times of high price/earnings ratios for stocks and low interest rates for bonds? One money manager, Ronald Egalka, President and Chief Investment Officer, Rampart Investment Management Company in Boston, has noted – “Market experience ranks among our most valuable assets. Since 1983 Rampart has responded […]

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 […]

2014 Emerging Market Volatility Review

Despite the Brazilian market experiencing excessive volatility in 2014, the CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (VXEEM – 22.26) was at relatively low levels. The iShares Emerging Markets ETF (EEM – 39.29) ended 2014 down a little over 3% which was better than many market observers were expecting. Also, note on the chart below that […]

2014 Brazilian Volatility Review

The chart below shows what volatility does leading up to an uncertain election in an emerging market. The CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEWZ – 34.21) looked more like a chart of implied volatility for a one product biotech stock in front of a do or die FDA announcement. What happened after the election was […]

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