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Volatility Update: Fear Gauge Taps on the Brakes

Volatility Update: Fear Gauge Taps on the Brakes

The roller coaster ride continues after the S&P 500 rebounded sharply from its February 11 lows and has now tiptoed back into positive territory for 2016. A sharp decline in volatility accompanied the nearly 12% rally in the S&P 500, and it’s not just the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) that is moving lower.

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Volatility Update: Sizing Up Volatility Spikes (and SPYIX)?
March 17, 2016

Volatility Update: Sizing Up Volatility Spikes (and SPYIX)?

By most measures, volatility is a lot lower than it was a month ago. That’s not too surprising given the four-week, 8.5% advance in the S&P 500 during that ...

Volatility Update: Return of Bullish Sentiment
March 10, 2016

Volatility Update: Return of Bullish Sentiment

The month of March was off to a strong start when, on "Super Tuesday" (March 1), the S&P 500 jumped 46 points and many measures of market volatility fell ...

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You Asked, We Answered: Getting Started with Options
March 10, 2016

You Asked, We Answered: Getting Started with Options

Interest in listed stock options remains one of the fastest-growing trading segments, according to options industry data. But reports from the ground ...

Volatility Update: Return to Normalcy in Market Volatility?
March 3, 2016

Volatility Update: Return to Normalcy in Market Volatility?

So far, 2016 is shaping up to be another year of roller-coaster action on Wall Street. After falling sharply in the first few weeks of January and stumbling again in early ...

Volatility Update: Yet Another Reason to Watch Oil and Gold
February 25, 2016

Volatility Update: Yet Another Reason to Watch Oil and Gold

Think things are looking a little explosive? Volatility has been higher across most asset classes so far in 2016. The stock-tracking CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ...

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Dissecting Synthetics: Don't Be Baffled by Iron Butterfly Spreads
February 23, 2016

Dissecting Synthetics: Don't Be Baffled by Iron Butterfly Spreads

What do a call option butterfly, a put option butterfly, and an iron butterfly have in common? Well, surprisingly, they all share a similar risk profile. That’s ...

Volatility Update: Options Skew Requires Look Below the Surface
February 18, 2016

Volatility Update: Options Skew Requires Look Below the Surface

Volatility surged across financial markets through mid-February. Crude oil touched 12-year lows. The once high-flying U.S. dollar has pulled back. And gold has ...

Volatility Update: Could VIX Reading Be on Cusp of Change?
February 11, 2016

Volatility Update: Could VIX Reading Be on Cusp of Change?

Market conditions change often. One old adage tells us that “history rhymes rather than repeats,” which is certainly true of the markets. And that uncertainty can ...

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Volatility Update: The Real Story on 2016 Volatility?
February 4, 2016

Volatility Update: The Real Story on 2016 Volatility?

The S&P 500 (SPX) fell to its lowest levels in more than a year last week, feeding a dramatic nearly 13% drop over the first three weeks of 2016 before a mild ...

Volatility Update: Rising Jitters Spare Few Markets
January 28, 2016

Volatility Update: Rising Jitters Spare Few Markets

The S&P 500 (SPX) fell to its lowest levels in more than a year in the middle of last week before a recovery salvaged the first weekly winner so far in 2016 for this ...

Three Option Trading Hang-Ups You Can Dump in the New Year
January 21, 2016

Three Option Trading Hang-Ups You Can Dump in the New Year

Listed stock option converts are on the rise, according to Options Industry Council data. Have you considered joining this flock, but remain handcuffed by doubt?

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Volatility Update: Bottom Picking is Way More Art than Science
January 21, 2016

Volatility Update: Bottom Picking is Way More Art than Science

The S&P 500 (SPX) blew through August 2015 lows last week, testing its chart near 1850, or the lowest level since October 2014. Recall that late August ...

Volatility Update: Will Earnings Soothe or Scare?
January 14, 2016

Volatility Update: Will Earnings Soothe or Scare?

The seal is barely broken on 2016, and already the S&P 500 (SPX) is down 5% year to date. While SPX dropped, many measures of market volatility surged ...

Consider Calendar Spreads to Help Navigate Earnings Season
January 7, 2016

Consider Calendar Spreads to Help Navigate Earnings Season

Ask most option traders, and they’ll say that if the markets are trending distinctively in a given direction, long calls and puts might provide desirable returns ...

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Volatility Update: Trading Records and Broken Records
January 7, 2016

Volatility Update: Trading Records and Broken Records

Wall Street whimpered into year-end, leaving the S&P 500 (SPX) down 15 points, or 0.7%, for all of 2015. Remember 2015? A year that featured record-high...

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