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Volatility Views

Volatility Views is the premier radio program for volatility traders. From interviews with leading industry guests to detailed analysis of volatility products, this program takes you inside the world of volatility trading like never before. If you are an experienced options trader looking to expand your understanding of volatility, or if you are simply curious about VIX and other volatility products, then this is the program for you.

Jan 12, 2015

Volatility Views 141: The Return of Euan Sinclair

Volatility Viewpoint: Euan Sinclair, author of Volatility Trading Editions 1 and 2 and Options Trading,is back.  Euan is an option trader with over eighteen years of professional trading experience. He currently works on strategy design and is the risk manager at Bluefin Trading. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bristol.


He discusses:


  • The major volatility takeaways/lessons from 2014?
  • The dramatic increase in "vol-of-vol" at the end of the year, and the primary drivers of that?
  • Did the flight of institutional liquidity from the markets contribute to the increase in "vol-of-vol", or is the lack of liquidity overplayed?
  • His take on what we are seeing from a commodity vol perspective right now, particularly crude oil?
  • His opinion of VXST, and why it has not gained more traction
  • His opinion on the two VIX competitors in the works - Voldex and the Whaley Project
  • A sneak peek at his new book and what he is looking out for in 2015



Crystal Ball: Non-farm payroll numbers were the only vol driver this week. Maybe the start of earnings season will inject some volatility back into this marketplace?