Tag: S&P 500 Volatility Index

Place This Options Trade Today And Profit From Market Volatility

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Place This Options Trade Today And Profit From Market Volatility

It’s only a matter of time until this market breaks and volatility comes crashing back in. When that happens, all stocks will fall no matter what business they are in, but you can use the trade shared in this article today to hedge your portfolio and make a 9 to 1 return if the market […]

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Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease The VIX continues to generate plenty of financial news as it remains elevated above normal levels.  Volatility has started to settle in recent days, but don’t expect a complete capitulation until after the next Fed meeting. As a reminder, the VIX (S&P 500 Volatility […]

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Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline The VIX has been front and center in the financial news lately with all the volatility that’s hit the market the past couple weeks.  The collapse of the Chinese economy is spooking investors and adding a sizeable level of uncertainty to US financial markets. As a […]

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Why Is The VIX So High?

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Why Is The VIX So High?

Why Is The VIX So High? Unless you’ve had no contact with civilization over the past week, you’re likely aware that the stock market has gone through something of a correction.  Moreover, volatility has been through the roof.  In fact, the VIX reached its highest level since 2011. As a brief reminder, the VIX (S&P […]

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Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August

Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August The VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) is a measure of implied volatility levels on S&P 500 options.  As many of you know, the VIX is often considered the market’s fear gauge.  Overall market volatility is most commonly tracked by watching the VIX. For those who are […]

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Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming?

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming?

Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming? Savvy investors know that VIX options are always worth keeping an eye on.  It’s where the smart money tends to execute important trading strategies and portfolio hedges.  Some of the biggest trades you’ll ever see happen in the VIX options pit. Of course, the VIX […]

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New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders

New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders As volatility becomes a more popular metric for investors to watch, so does trading volatility products.  The VIX itself is tradable through futures and options.  VIX options are heavily traded by large institutions as an alternative to S&P 500 options. As a reminder, the VIX (S&P […]

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A Large VIX Call Trade Suggests No Panic Is Necessary

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
A Large VIX Call Trade Suggests No Panic Is Necessary

A Large VIX Call Trade Suggests No Panic Is Necessary Over the past couple weeks, we’re finally getting to see why the VIX is often called the ‘fear gauge’ for investors.  There hasn’t been a lot to be concerned about this year until recently, so the VIX has been mostly running at low levels. Lately […]

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Is This Large VIX Trade Signaling An End To Investor Fear?

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Is This Large VIX Trade Signaling An End To Investor Fear?

Is This Large VIX Trade Signaling An End To Investor Fear? There’s a reason the VIX is often called the investor ‘fear gauge’.  The benchmark volatility index is often the first place to see when investors start increasing the hedges on their portfolio. Of course, hedges tend to increase along with investor concern over a […]

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Does This Giant VIX Trade Imply A Market Correction Is Coming?

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Does This Giant VIX Trade Imply A Market Correction Is Coming?

Does This Giant VIX Trade Imply A Market Correction Is Coming? Savvy investors know that VIX options are always worth keeping an eye on.  It’s where the smart money tends to execute important trading strategies and portfolio hedges.  Some of the biggest trades you’ll ever see happen in the VIX options pit. Of course, the […]

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This Gigantic VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
This Gigantic VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal

This Gigantic VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal With the summer doldrums kicking in for the US financial markets, it’s normal to expect volatility to be low for the next several weeks.  Of course, you never know what may happen.  But, the summer is typically a slower period for financial news. The financial media […]

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This Large VIX Trade Isn’t What We’re Used To Seeing

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
This Large VIX Trade Isn’t What We’re Used To Seeing

This Large VIX Trade Isn’t What We’re Used To Seeing VIX options are always worth keeping an eye on.  That’s where the smart money tends to execute important trading strategies and portfolio hedges.  Some of the biggest trades you’ll ever see happen in the VIX options pit. Of course, the VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) […]

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This Massive VIX Trade Is Betting On Higher Volatility This Summer

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
This Massive VIX Trade Is Betting On Higher Volatility This Summer

This Massive VIX Trade Is Betting On Higher Volatility This Summer The VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) is a measure of implied volatility levels on S&P 500 options.  As you probably know by now if you’re interested in options trading, overall market volatility is most commonly tracked by watching the VIX. VIX is popular because […]

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These VIX Trades Signals Higher Volatility Is On The Way

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
These VIX Trades Signals Higher Volatility Is On The Way

These VIX Trades Signal Higher Volatility Is On The Way As you probably know if you read my articles on a regular basis, overall market volatility is most commonly tracked by watching the VIX.  The VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) is a measure of implied volatility levels on S&P 500 options. VIX is popular because […]

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This VIX Trade Suggests Higher Volatility Could Be Just Ahead

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
This VIX Trade Suggests Higher Volatility Could Be Just Ahead

This VIX Trade Suggests Higher Volatility Could Be Just Ahead Trading volatility – or volatility products – has become extremely widespread.  It’s true for options traders of course.  But, even those traders who never touch options may still trade (or at least follow) volatility levels. As you know, overall market volatility is most commonly tracked […]

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Another Interesting, Giant VIX Trade Happened

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Another Interesting, Giant VIX Trade Happened

Another Interesting, Giant VIX Trade Happened As an options trader, you should always have a general idea of what’s going on with volatility.  You don’t necessarily have to master the concept.  But, the more you know about the topic, the better off you tend to be. As you know, overall market volatility is most commonly […]

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This Unusual VIX Trade Is Worth A Second Look

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
This Unusual VIX Trade Is Worth A Second Look

This Unusual VIX Trade Is Worth A Second Look As I like to regularly point out, as an option trader, you should always be keeping an eye on what the VIX is doing.  Even if you’re not a volatility trader, the VIX should give you an idea of how cheap or expensive options are on […]

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This VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
This VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal

This VIX Trade Could Be A Big Deal As an options trader, you can’t understate the importance of volatility.  It’s one of the primary ingredients in the price of an options contract.  Perhaps more importantly, volatility levels can give us an idea of investor concern. Is there fear of a selloff?  Volatility is the best […]

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Is This VIX Trade As Important As It Seems?

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Is This VIX Trade As Important As It Seems?

Is This VIX Trade As Important As It Seems? Regular readers know I like to talk a lot about the VIX and option volatility. As an options trader, you can’t understate the importance of volatility. It’s one of the primary ingredients in the price of an options contract. Perhaps more importantly, volatility levels can give […]

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What’s The Deal With This Massive VIX Trade?

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
What’s The Deal With This Massive VIX Trade?

The biggest VIX trade you may ever see occurred recently. What’s it telling us?

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Watch Out For September

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Watch Out For September

Recently, I wrote an article discussing an interesting trade in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) options. The trade was meaningful because it was a significant bet or hedge on the entire emerging markets asset class. This week, there’s once again been an intriguing trade worth discussing. This massive trade could have broader implications on the […]

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What’s This Massive VIX Options Trade Telling Us?

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
What’s This Massive VIX Options Trade Telling Us?

If you’ve been reading my articles for any length of time, you know I often like to point out unusual options trades.  Typically, once a week I’ll cover a couple trades which are either much bigger than normal or on stocks with historically low activity. However, sometimes I’ll come across a really interesting trade worth […]

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Market Volatility And The Fed: What Are People Thinking?

| June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Market Volatility And The Fed:  What Are People Thinking?

Until recently, 2013 has been a relatively low volatility year for the stock market.  For instance, for much of the first five months of the year, the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) was sitting in the $12-$13 range. As the market’s most prominent investor fear gauge, the VIX was showing very little investor concern for […]

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