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Volatility Update: Year in Review Shows Familiar Theme

Volatility Update: Year in Review Shows Familiar Theme

The S&P 500 (SPX) is little changed year-to-date, but that doesn’t mean 2015 didn’t have its fair share of head-whipping action. More than a few bouts of stock volatility surfaced throughout the year. In particular, August’s China-triggered global equities retreat comes to mind. The summer doldrums had lulled much of Wall Street into complacency until a ...

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Volatility Update: Backwardation for Market’s Fear Gauge
December 17, 2015

Volatility Update: Backwardation for Market’s Fear Gauge

Volatility measures surged last week as the energy stock sector fell under the weight of tumbling crude oil prices. Energy weighed on the broader stock market, handing ...

Volatility Update: The Storm Before the Claus?
December 10, 2015

Volatility Update: The Storm Before the Claus?

Stock and option market volatility picked up in the early days of December after a notable lull in the second half of November. Anxiety levels are ticking higher along ...

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Volatility Update: Bracing for a 2016 Mood Spike?
December 3, 2015

Volatility Update: Bracing for a 2016 Mood Spike?

November wrapped up in mostly quiet fashion—typical for this time of year. The S&P 500 (SPX) logged a series of narrow daily trading ranges and, despite a bit of ...

Rethink Options: Aim for Income by Embracing Market Inaction
November 24, 2015

Rethink Options: Aim for Income by Embracing Market Inaction

Option income trading doesn’t have to involve a big stance on market direction. In fact, several option strategies bank on the fact that ...

Volatility Update: Rate Hike Anxiety Could Test Santa Rally
November 19, 2015

Volatility Update: Rate Hike Anxiety Could Test Santa Rally

The last month of the calendar year is sometimes a bullish stretch for the stock market, history has shown. In fact, a gain during the final week is often called a ...

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Volatility Update: Mood Measures Reflect Calm; Challenges Loom
November 12, 2015

Volatility Update: Mood Measures Reflect Calm; Challenges Loom

There are just 33 trading days until the stock roller coaster that was 2015 comes to an end. While the S&P 500 (SPX) has muscled back into positive territory for ...

Volatility Update: Upbeat Market May Drown Out Correlation Drop
November 5, 2015

Volatility Update: Upbeat Market May Drown Out Correlation Drop

Wall Street’s October was notable for a number of reasons. Obviously, a roughly 9% gain in the S&P 500 (SPX) is nothing to sneeze at.

Volatility Update: 40% Plunge for VIX = Market Vulnerability?
October 29, 2015

Volatility Update: 40% Plunge for VIX = Market Vulnerability?

The S&P 500 (SPX) staged a nearly 7% rally in the first three weeks of October—action that crushed several measures of stock and commodities market volatility.

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Option Calls Holders: Don’t Get Pinched By Ex-Dividend Risk
October 29, 2015

Option Calls Holders: Don’t Get Pinched By Ex-Dividend Risk

Dividend risk refers to the potential loss that traders face when they fail to exercise long calls on dividend-paying stocks. Collectively, traders who ...

Volatility Update: Fed Policy Decision Likely to Test Low VIX
October 22, 2015

Volatility Update: Fed Policy Decision Likely to Test Low VIX

It was about one year ago, on October 15, 2014, that stocks suffered steep losses and the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) spiked to its highest level in years.

Volatility Update: Tug of Earnings Stress is Only Beginning
October 15, 2015

Volatility Update: Tug of Earnings Stress is Only Beginning

October isn’t yet living up to its reputation as a rocky month for Wall Street. In fact, the S&P 500 (SPX) has recovered year-to-date losses after a 4% rally that...

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Option Strategy Throw Down: Selling Strangles vs Iron Condors
October 8, 2015

Option Strategy Throw Down: Selling Strangles vs Iron Condors

High volatility can be a highly reactionary time for traders as their screens flash with big profit and loss swings. Many positions may have been put in place...

Volatility Update: Buckle Up for Potential Earnings-Driven Swings
October 8, 2015

Volatility Update: Buckle Up for Potential Earnings-Driven Swings

Earnings numbers could dictate levels of market volatility on Wall Street from now until at least mid-November. That means potentially little time to ...

Weather Turns Cool but Volatility Still Hot—Are You Covered?
October 1, 2015

Weather Turns Cool but Volatility Still Hot—Are You Covered?

October is known for color change, the risk of first frost, and the World Series chase. And, of course, October is a month when spooky things walk up and down ...

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Sophisticated Traders: Consider Futures Spreads to Manage Risk
September 24, 2015

Sophisticated Traders: Consider Futures Spreads to Manage Risk

The leverage and flexibility of the futures markets is a magnet for some traders. But large, directional moves are also in play. That leaves the unprepared at risk of ...

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