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You’ve seen VIX. Now finally learn what it means.

I’ve come to two realizations about the CBOE Volatility Index, better known as VIX, in my time at S&P Dow Jones Indices. First, this index, which is based on the prices of S&P 500 options, is known throughout the world. I have been fortunate to have lived in some interesting places – Hong Kong, London, […]

The Disciplined Investor Podcast: Understanding VIX

In a recent podcast with Andrew Horowitz from The Disciplined Investor, I discussed what the VIX is, how it is structured and common misconceptions about the index.  Click here to listen to the full podcast.

Trading VIX – Trade-off between Liquidity, Beta Exposure and Roll Cost

Besides commodities, volatility is another example of the application of futures-based indices. Spot volatility, as measured by the VIX, is not tradeable as the index represents the weighted average of implied volatilities of various options on the S&P 500. Prior to the introduction of VIX futures on the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2004, equity […]

CNBC ꞌWorldwide Exchangeꞌ Interview with David Blitzer on the 25th Anniversary of Black Monday

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee, discusses Black Monday with CNBC.  Watch the video clip

Technical Outlook: VIX Showing Complacency. Really?

We find it amazing how many times the markets, the media, and many, many analysts are always waiting for that next crucial data point. And when that “important” data point or speech finally arrives, it turns out so many times to be a non-event. When the news is bad, but the market rallies, the spinsters […]

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 […]

Several Volatility Indexes Rose More Than 35% Last Month

Several volatility indexes (including VXGOG, VIX, OVX, VXN, VXEEM, and GVZ) rose more than 35% last month www.cboe.com/volatility The S&P 500 Index (TR) declined by 6% in May. The BXM and PUT Indexes took in premium that helped cushion their downside moves in May. www.cboe.com/benchmarks * Please note that indexes are not directly investable. Options […]

VIX-related Instruments to be Discussed at Three Events in New York

Next week VIX-related benchmark indexes and investable instruments will be discussed at three events in New York: Tuesday, April 24th – NY QWAFAFEW event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 40 E. 43rd St. 6:20 p.m. presentation on “Tail Risk Management, The VIX®, and Benchmark Indexes” http://bit.ly/NY-Qwa-VIX Wednesday, April 25th – Capital Link Forum begins at […]

Reaping Roll Yield from a Quasi Volatility Neutral Strategy

On February 8th, I discussed the use of the inverse VIX ETP (XIV) to collect the roll yield from the VIX futures. When stocks fall and volatility rises, however, such a naked short position drops drastically. From 4/2 to 4/10, XIV dropped from 12.29 to 9.94, and lost 19% of its value (it’s now back […]

New VVIX Index Measures the Volatility of Volatility

Bonita Springs, Fla., March 14, 2012 – Today CBOE introduced the new “VIX of VIX® Index (ticker: VVIX(SM)). www.cboe.com/VVIX The new VIX of VIX Index tracks the expected volatility of the CBOE Volatility Index® (the VIX® Index), the world’s most widely-followed market volatility index. VVIX reflects the market’s consensus of expected volatility of the 30-day […]

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