Tag: VIX options

The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

Conflict in Syria, worries about Russia and North Korea, and an unpredictable government at home could send the stock market tumbling at any moment. Here’s how to profit from a temporary market dip. Stock market volatility continues to confound traders and investors as the VIX and other major volatility trackers close in on all-time lows.  […]

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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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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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How Is The VIX Reacting To The Fed Meeting?

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
How Is The VIX Reacting To The Fed Meeting?

How Is The VIX Reacting To The Fed Meeting? As an options trader, you can’t understate the importance of volatility.  You don’t necessarily have to master the concept to be a good options trader. But, the more you know about the topic, the better off you tend to be. As you know, overall market volatility […]

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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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VIX Isn’t The Only Way To Measure Volatility

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
VIX Isn’t The Only Way To Measure Volatility

VIX Isn’t The Only Way To Measure Volatility Volatility is one of my favorite subjects to write about.  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. Of course, overall market volatility is most commonly followed by watching […]

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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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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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