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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.

Oct 26, 2015

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective.

  • VIX Cash: Volatility erosion continues as VIX slips below the 16 handle - Low of 13.24 today. The volatility measure has been below 20 for 12 straight days.
  • Skew Index: A dramatic 30-point drop in The CBOE Skew Index - Last week: 151.22, this week: 121.02
  • VIX Weeklies: Another robust volume week for weeklies.
  • VIX Options: Paper buys 15k Nov 16 puts for $1.55 and 13k Nov 30 calls for $.34; Total 6.26m (4.43m Calls, 1.83m Puts)
  • Now that Google is Alphabet, options suggest another big stock move.
  • Gold: GVZ: 15.59
  • Crude Oil: OIV: 40.18, OVX: 40.22

Volatility Voicemail: What do our listeners have to say?

  • Comment from Frank W. - Great discussion on the origins of volatility skew. I really learned a lot. I wish more programs would discuss these topics.
  • Comment from Phil O. - What is it about volatility that tends to bring out the crazies? That stuff about VIX mean reversion and moral hazard was pretty deep into tinfoil hat territory. Surprised to hear that coming out of Artemis.
  • Comment from mark brant ‏- What a relief! Btw fantastic story of the Vol skew big bang by Herr Doktor Schlesinger! A perfect collar is a work of art! Thanks!… Cool thing about selling VIX options spreads is no theta, a pure Vol play at all tenors!
  • Question from Ironc - So Taleb and the 1x2 guy both love backspreads. Are backspreads pretty much the ideal volatility trading position? They have little or no net outlay and let you stay in the game long enough to profit from the big moves. I have to say I am becoming a fan. Are there any secret downsides that I am missing?
  • Question from Varz - Any good recommendations for variance swap volume data?
  • Question from Dan D. - Can you please explain the CBOE skew index? What is it and what does it measure? Thank you

Crystal Ball: Earnings season has begun. Will we stay below 20 for the next week?