Tag: VIX

Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

If you’ve been paying attention to the market lately, you will have definitely noticed an uptick in volatility. The VIX, the most popular measure of volatility, spiked on several occasions over the last two weeks. Plus, it remained elevated (relative to recent months) even on less volatile trading days. You can see from the chart, […]

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A Super Cheap Way To Trade Volatility With Options

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Super Cheap Way To Trade Volatility With Options

It’s almost hard to believe, but higher market volatility has persisted for over a week.  We haven’t had more than a day or two of elevated volatility in essentially over a year.  Most of the volatility spikes of the last year or so were so short-lived, you almost didn’t know they occurred. Even last week, […]

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Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

| August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

Right now, thousands of short volatility traders are scrambling to cover their positions. Okay, that’s an exaggeration – they’re probably just rolling their positions higher. Joking aside, there’s nothing like a nuclear threat to get some volatility back in the financial markets. Yet, two or three days of higher volatility probably isn’t going to change […]

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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

| July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again […]

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A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

With the Fed raising rates this afternoon, we could be in for a period of dramatic market swings. Here’s how you can profit in either direction using options. This is a win-win trade that can be placed by anyone no matter their level of experience or account size.  There’s been so much talk of low […]

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The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

Looking through an options chain trying to find the right contract and the right date can be overwhelming. One bad decision and you could lose big money. Let us simplify that for you today by showing you set-by-step how to place the right trade for today’s market.  Finally, I have some exciting stock market news […]

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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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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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Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable

| March 6, 2015 | 1 Comment
Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable

Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable There are good reasons why trading iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) is extremely popular.  With an average volume of nearly 50 million shares a day, both retail and institutional traders must be active in this ETN. As a quick refresher, VXX is a way to get […]

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Should You Be Trading VXX?

| January 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
Should You Be Trading VXX?

One of the primary themes I like to discuss on this site is volatility. After all, you shouldn’t be trading options if you don’t at least have a basic understanding of why volatility is important to the financial markets.

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What’s This Big VXX Trade Telling Us?

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
What’s This Big VXX Trade Telling Us?

A large VXX options trade suggests volatility could be capped by the end of next month.

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What’s With The Huge Options Trade In VXX?

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
What’s With The Huge Options Trade In VXX?

A huge VXX options trade suggests volatility could be headed back down by next month.

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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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One Way To Take Advantage Of Rising Volatility

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
One Way To Take Advantage Of Rising Volatility

One of the consequences of the political deadlock in Washington has been higher volatility in the markets.  After all, when your government is flirting with financial catastrophe, investors are bound to be nervous. However, volatility hasn’t been running nearly as high as you might expect given the real danger of a US default.  In fact, […]

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New Volatility Products Mean Even More Ways For You To Make Money

| October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
New Volatility Products Mean Even More Ways For You To Make Money

With the way exchanges and investments companies are consistently rolling out new products, you could argue that this is the golden age of investing.  For investors and traders, there are more choices than ever before when it comes to different types of investments. Back in the day, the average investor was fortunate to have access […]

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Why Is Volatility Important?

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Why Is Volatility Important?

If you spend any time studying options, you’ll consistently come across the concept of volatility.  Actually, volatility has become a widely followed market indicator.  So, it’s not just an obscure options topic anymore. In fact, it’s very normal to see quotes on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) flashed across the major financial news networks.  The […]

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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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This New Index Is Worth Keeping An Eye On

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
This New Index Is Worth Keeping An Eye On

What once was just an obscure variable for options traders, volatility is now a mainstream financial topic, followed by all types of investors.  If you’ve spent any time watching CNBC or reading the financials news, you’ve undoubtedly seen or heard discussions of market volatility. In fact, the most popular method of trading volatility, the VIX, […]

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Options Volatility Watch: What’s Going On With The VIX?

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Options Volatility Watch:  What’s Going On With The VIX?

If you’re an active investor – or even if you just follow the markets – it pays to know what the VIX is doing.  That holds true whether or not you trade options.  The VIX is an important indicator for all types of investors. First off, what’s the VIX? The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index, […]

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