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Volatility Update: Are Traders Bracing for Higher Volatility?

Volatility Update: Are Traders Bracing for Higher Volatility?

The theme of quiet trading continues in May. Since March, the S&P 500 has seen average daily point moves of just under 11 points and that compares to moves of more than 16 points during the first three months of the year. So what happens next? Will volatility continue falling?

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Volatility Update: Can Brazil Win Volatility Gold?
May 19, 2016

Volatility Update: Can Brazil Win Volatility Gold?

Many measures of market volatility are ticking a bit higher after falling to 2016 lows a month ago. The trend is not limited to the S&P 500, but is being seen...

Fake It ’Til You Make It: Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 3
May 12, 2016

Fake It ’Til You Make It: Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 3

Now that you know the basic terms and definitions involved in synthetic options, let’s take this discussion to the application stage. How do traders begin applying ...

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Volatility Update: How Low Can VIX Go? Historical and Implied Vol
May 12, 2016

Volatility Update: How Low Can VIX Go? Historical and Implied Vol

Sometimes the equities market can sink into a low-volatility funk that can last for many months or even years. One example from recent history is a two-year ...

Long Stock versus Long Call: Exploring Your Options
May 11, 2016

Long Stock versus Long Call: Exploring Your Options

Some retail investors have a simple investment strategy: Buy stock in a good company with attractive earnings, growth, or dividend yield potential. These investors ...

Volatility Update: Late-April Showers on Wall Street
May 5, 2016

Volatility Update: Late-April Showers on Wall Street

Market volatility picked up in the final two days of April, but it was an otherwise quiet month on Wall Street. The S&P 500 finished nearly unchanged for the month ...

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Looking for Option Strikes? How Delta Can Help Balance Risk
April 28, 2016

Looking for Option Strikes? How Delta Can Help Balance Risk

Delta is best known among option traders for estimating how much an option’s price moves compared to the underlying stock. But delta is much more than a one ...

Volatility Update: Then and Now as the S&P Eyes Record Highs
April 28, 2016

Volatility Update: Then and Now as the S&P Eyes Record Highs

The S&P 500 was at record highs 11 months ago and, since then, the daily chart of the index has taken on a decidedly W-shaped formation. That’s because, a few ...

Not So Artificial: Understanding Synthetic Options Strategies
April 22, 2016

Not So Artificial: Understanding Synthetic Options Strategies

In our last look at synthetics, we reviewed a list of options trades compared to their “synthetic” counterparts—different sets of trades that equate to ...

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Volatility Update: VIX Slips and the S&P Eyes New Highs
April 21, 2016

Volatility Update: VIX Slips and the S&P Eyes New Highs

Market volatility picked up a bit during the first week of April, but underlying investor sentiment seems to have turned generally unworried once again. On the one ...

Really Pretty Real: Understanding Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 1
April 18, 2016

Really Pretty Real: Understanding Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 1

Back before option pricing models and mathematical greeks—we’re talking delta, gamma, theta, vega, and rho), not the ancient Greeks (Socrates, Aristotle, Plato)...

Volatility Update: Sizing Up the Small Caps
April 14, 2016

Volatility Update: Sizing Up the Small Caps

The market action during the first week of April seemed to reflect a growing sense of investor uncertainty on the macroeconomic front. In the equities market, for ...

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Know Your Risk Profile: Selecting and Culling Option Strikes
April 7, 2016

Know Your Risk Profile: Selecting and Culling Option Strikes

Have you ever felt a little intimidated when looking at an option chain? There’s a tremendous amount of information available. Not only are there many ...

Volatility Update: Sizing Up Volatility Spikes
April 7, 2016

Volatility Update: Sizing Up Volatility Spikes

The S&P 500 eked out a small gain of less than 1% during the first quarter of 2016, but the modest advance masks an otherwise up and down quarter...

Navigating Earnings Season with Weeklys Option Strategies
March 31, 2016

Navigating Earnings Season with Weeklys Option Strategies

Spring is finally in the air after another long dark winter. April ushers in several great traditions: the Final Four, the opening of Major League Baseball, the Masters...

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Volatility Update: First Quarter Wraps Up in Mixed Fashion
March 31, 2016

Volatility Update: First Quarter Wraps Up in Mixed Fashion

The underlying market tone, in terms of volatility, has certainly changed a lot during the first three months of this year. Although the S&P 500 finished the first ...

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