InvestorPlace » Adam Warner http://investorplace.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 7 Reasons Not to Fear a Quadruple Witching http://investorplace.com/2012/09/quadruple-witching-options-expiration-day-questions-answered/ http://investorplace.com/2012/09/quadruple-witching-options-expiration-day-questions-answered/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:14:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=17499 Get the answers to some common questions about this quadruple witching expiration day.

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How Wicked is the Quadruple Witching? http://investorplace.com/2012/09/quadruple-witching-options-expiration/ http://investorplace.com/2012/09/quadruple-witching-options-expiration/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 05:01:37 +0000 Friday is a quadruple witching expiration day, where we'll see stock options, index options, index futures and single stock futures expire. Should you be scared?

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8 VIX Trading Myths Debunked http://investorplace.com/2012/06/trading-the-vix-eight-vix-trading-myths-debunked/ http://investorplace.com/2012/06/trading-the-vix-eight-vix-trading-myths-debunked/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:00:50 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=16853 When it comes to the VIX, nothing trades quite like you think it should.

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Do You Know How to Trade the VIX? http://investorplace.com/2012/05/so-you-think-you-know-how-to-trade-the-vix/ http://investorplace.com/2012/05/so-you-think-you-know-how-to-trade-the-vix/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 18:54:13 +0000 http://wordpress.investorplace.com/?p=11007 With all the new ways to trade volatility, we're going to give you a primer on some VIX products.

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Low Volatility Favors Investors Right Now http://investorplace.com/2012/01/low-volatility-favors-investors-right-now/ http://investorplace.com/2012/01/low-volatility-favors-investors-right-now/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:05:13 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=126201 With a low VIX, should you worry that other investors aren't worried, or be comforted by their confidence?

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Futures Offer a Fast and Liquid Market http://investorplace.com/2011/12/futures-options-gld-spx-spy-uso-tlt/ http://investorplace.com/2011/12/futures-options-gld-spx-spy-uso-tlt/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:20:37 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=50553 A primer on futures options with a focus on the CBOE S&P 500 Index Options (CBOE: SPX) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY).

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3 Options for a Short-Term SPY Trade http://investorplace.com/2011/12/3-options-for-a-short-term-spy-trade/ http://investorplace.com/2011/12/3-options-for-a-short-term-spy-trade/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:00:38 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=81330 SPY currently offers 16 separate expiration cycles to trade; I'll show you how I prefer to play.

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Did the Thanksgiving Rally Start Late, or Did Santa Come Early? http://investorplace.com/2011/12/the-central-bank-turkeys-start-the-party-a-week-late/ http://investorplace.com/2011/12/the-central-bank-turkeys-start-the-party-a-week-late/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:00:21 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=80470 Options in the December cycle tend to be the most overpriced of the year, regardless of broader market activity.

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Stay Safe in a Volatile Market http://investorplace.com/2011/11/stay-safe-in-a-volatile-market/ http://investorplace.com/2011/11/stay-safe-in-a-volatile-market/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:00:55 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=76379 Because the VIX moves in opposition to the market, that says we want to go long when VIX gets overbought.

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Volatility Soars, But VXX Still Well Off its Peak http://investorplace.com/2011/11/volatility-soars-but-vxx-still-well-off-its-peak-vix/ http://investorplace.com/2011/11/volatility-soars-but-vxx-still-well-off-its-peak-vix/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:13:07 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=74256 VXX options trade at a 95 volatility right now, which sounds high in a total vacuum, but not so much in terms of actual VXX action.

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Options Volatility Not Leaving Anytime Soon http://investorplace.com/2011/08/options-volatility-not-leaving-anytime-soon/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/options-volatility-not-leaving-anytime-soon/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 15:12:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=55219 It's clear that investor fear won't subside quickly.

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Do VIX Futures Undercut the Fear Gauge? http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-volatility-futures-vxx-spx-fear-gauge/ http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-volatility-futures-vxx-spx-fear-gauge/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:34:49 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=52194 Institutional traders debate whether the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is undercut by the futures that trade against it.

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VIX Is Back in Black in 10-Day Rally http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-fear-gauge-xiv-inverse-vix/ http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-fear-gauge-xiv-inverse-vix/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 08:23:57 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=51143 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) has moved up more than 30% in the last 10 trading days.

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Apple Has Option Expiration PIN Possibilities http://investorplace.com/2011/07/apple-aapl-option-expiration-pin-xom-goog/ http://investorplace.com/2011/07/apple-aapl-option-expiration-pin-xom-goog/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:50:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=50756 Options expiration Friday brings huge trades in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) at strikes near stock price.

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Not Enough Fear in the VIX Fear Gauge http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-fear-gauge-vxx-spy/ http://investorplace.com/2011/07/vix-fear-gauge-vxx-spy/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:15:51 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=50331 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) may be accurately pricing in the fear that is roiling the markets this summer.

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If Stocks Go Idle, Should Options? http://investorplace.com/2011/07/options-volatility-market-makers-limit-up-rule/ http://investorplace.com/2011/07/options-volatility-market-makers-limit-up-rule/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:03:11 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=48168 The proposed “limit up limit down” volatility curb would pause stocks but keep options trading.

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Futures Show Muggy July for VIX http://investorplace.com/2011/06/july-vix-vxx-xiv-spy-volatility-options/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/july-vix-vxx-xiv-spy-volatility-options/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:14:54 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=46504 The iPath S&P 500 VIX Term Futures (NYSE: VXX) imploded as the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) fell.

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VIX Rally Looks Like Real Volatility Lift http://investorplace.com/2011/06/vix-volatility-spx-vx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/vix-volatility-spx-vx/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:27:43 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=45252 The rally in the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) appears real.

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Low Volatility VIX in Midst of Sell Off http://investorplace.com/2011/06/low-volatility-vix-spx-sell-off-qid-sds/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/low-volatility-vix-spx-sell-off-qid-sds/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:40:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=44585 The S&P 500 Index Options (CBOE: SPX) is down but the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is little changed.

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Watch VIX for Big Up Move Today http://investorplace.com/2011/06/watch-vix-for-up-move-today/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/watch-vix-for-up-move-today/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:49:34 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=44128 Looming weekends brings buyers to the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX). Consider going long the Fear Gauge.

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VIX Offshoot XIV Takes Bumpy Ride to Top http://investorplace.com/2011/06/vix-offshoot-xiv-takes-bumpy-ride-to-top-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/vix-offshoot-xiv-takes-bumpy-ride-to-top-vxx/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:12:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=43722 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) offshoot VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSE: XIV) has returned 82% to investors.

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LinkedIn Trading Requires Kid Gloves http://investorplace.com/2011/05/linkedin-trading-requires-kid-gloves-lnkd-vix/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/linkedin-trading-requires-kid-gloves-lnkd-vix/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 14:40:35 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=43016 Option traders in LinkedIn (NASDAQ: LNKD) should use spreads to limit their risk.

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VIX Great to Trade But it is Just a Number http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-great-to-trade-but-it-is-just-a-number-spx-vxx-vxz/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-great-to-trade-but-it-is-just-a-number-spx-vxx-vxz/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 13:59:43 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=42104 There are many ways to trade off the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) except for the spot price itself.

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Grown Men Tremble at Fear Gauge Close http://investorplace.com/2011/05/grown-men-cower-at-fear-gauge-close-vix-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/grown-men-cower-at-fear-gauge-close-vix-spx/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 08:30:17 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41551 The monthly settlement price of the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is confusing.

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Volatility Spares VIX, Hits GLD and SLV http://investorplace.com/2011/05/volatility-hits-gold-and-slv-but-spares-vix-spx-iwm-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/volatility-hits-gold-and-slv-but-spares-vix-spx-iwm-vxx/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 14:09:00 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41312 Volatility is impacting pricing in SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD), iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) and iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSE: IWM) but not the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX).

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Silver Volatility Spike is Time to Strike http://investorplace.com/2011/05/40821-slv/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/40821-slv/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 13:27:52 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=40821 The real volatility in the iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) has topped the implied volatility recently.

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Apple Trade Bets on Big Move http://investorplace.com/2011/05/apple-trade-bets-on-big-move-aapl-gs/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/apple-trade-bets-on-big-move-aapl-gs/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 14:30:01 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=40678 Goldman analysts offer Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) option trade that bets on big move in stock ahead of Developer’s Conference.

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VIX Rally Portends Market Move … Or Not http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-rally-portends-market-move-%e2%80%a6-or-not/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-rally-portends-market-move-%e2%80%a6-or-not/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 13:33:45 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=40366 The 10-Day Simple Moving Average in the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) shows mixed signals.

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VIX Rally Screams for a Yawn http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-rally-screams-for-a-yawn-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/vix-rally-screams-for-a-yawn-spx/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 15:36:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=39473 A rally in the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) may mean little.

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Skew This Volatility Index http://investorplace.com/2011/04/skew-this-volatility-index-vix-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/skew-this-volatility-index-vix-spx/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:59:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=38893 Contrary to a recent report, call options on the S&P 500 Index Options (CBOE: SPX) are dirt cheap.

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Silver America’s New Favorite Option http://investorplace.com/2011/04/silver-america%e2%80%99s-new-favorite-option/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/silver-america%e2%80%99s-new-favorite-option/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:52:16 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=38736 Options on the iShares Silver ETF (NYSE: SLV) have topped volume charts, followed by ProShares Ultra Short Silver ETF (NYSE: ZSL).

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Decline of VIX Futures Worth Watching http://investorplace.com/2011/04/decline-of-vix-futures-worth-watching-vxx-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/decline-of-vix-futures-worth-watching-vxx-spx/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 08:28:20 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=38471 The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSE: VXX) is dribbling away.

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Apple Lowball Ploy Getting Kind of Low http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-lowball-ploy-getting-kind-of-low-aapl-goog/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-lowball-ploy-getting-kind-of-low-aapl-goog/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:44:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=38072 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) beat its earnings estimates again.

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Apple Earnings to Cut Options Volatility http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-earnings-to-bump-options-volatility-aapl/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-earnings-to-bump-options-volatility-aapl/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:52:14 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=37915 Tonight’s earnings report from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) should send options volatility lower.

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VIX Moves, Just When You Think It Won’t http://investorplace.com/2011/04/vix-moves-just-when-you-think-it-won%e2%80%99t/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/vix-moves-just-when-you-think-it-won%e2%80%99t/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:49:45 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=37670 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) moves big on quiet weeks and seemingly slow days.

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Fear Index Can’t Even Get a Driver’s License http://investorplace.com/2011/04/fear-index-can%e2%80%99t-even-get-a-driver%e2%80%99s-license-vix-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/fear-index-can%e2%80%99t-even-get-a-driver%e2%80%99s-license-vix-spx/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:13:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=37391 CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) drifts down during expiration week.

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Low Option Volatility Means Vertical Spreads http://investorplace.com/2011/04/treat-low-option-volatility-with-vertical-spreads-vix-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/treat-low-option-volatility-with-vertical-spreads-vix-spx/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:19:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=36122 Option volatility has dropped, making it hard to profit by just selling calls. Try vertical spreads.

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Apple Options Show No Front-Running Sign http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-options-show-no-front-running-sign-aapl/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/apple-options-show-no-front-running-sign-aapl/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:36:25 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=35914 There is no obvious evidence that options traders took advantage of the reduced weighting of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in the Nasdaq 100.

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The VIX Isn’t Low, the SPX is High http://investorplace.com/2011/04/the-vix-isn%e2%80%99t-low-the-spx-is-high/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/the-vix-isn%e2%80%99t-low-the-spx-is-high/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:50:12 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=35786 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is correctly priced in this slow, grinding market.

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Quiet VIX Reflects Broad Market http://investorplace.com/2011/03/quiet-vix-reflects-broad-market-vix-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/quiet-vix-reflects-broad-market-vix-spx/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:33:28 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=35482 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) has been quiet lately, just like the broader market.

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Carnage in VIX Powers On http://investorplace.com/2011/03/carnage-in-vix-powers-on-vxz-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/carnage-in-vix-powers-on-vxz-vxx/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:03:41 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=34812 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX), also called the ‘fear index’, keeps dropping.

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Is This the End of VIX Downtrend? http://investorplace.com/2011/03/is-this-end-of-vix-downtrend-spx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/is-this-end-of-vix-downtrend-spx/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:20:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=34492 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) moved in the last week in a range of over 30 and down to 20.

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VIX Options, Futures Confuse the Pros Too http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-options-futures-confuse-the-pros-too/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-options-futures-confuse-the-pros-too/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:29:50 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=34107 Prices on the options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) can appear to act illogically.

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VIX Not Signaling Panic – Yet http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-not-signaling-panic-%e2%80%93-yet-spy-spx-v/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-not-signaling-panic-%e2%80%93-yet-spy-spx-v/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:54:39 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=33821 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is testing its highs after a two-year downtrend.

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Futures on VIX Looking Oddly Reliable http://investorplace.com/2011/03/futures-on-vix-looking-oddly-reliable-vxz-vx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/futures-on-vix-looking-oddly-reliable-vxz-vx/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:36:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=33673 : The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSE: VXX) is tracking closely the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX).

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Rapid Moves in VIX Should Slow http://investorplace.com/2011/03/rapid-moves-in-vix-should-slow-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/rapid-moves-in-vix-should-slow-vxx/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:50:54 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=33075 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSE: VXX) have been unusually volatile lately.

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Do Weeklys Weaken Options? http://investorplace.com/2011/03/do-weeklys-make-options-stronger-or-weaker-aapl-spy-qqqq/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/do-weeklys-make-options-stronger-or-weaker-aapl-spy-qqqq/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:17:32 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=32560 The Weekly option products have proven popular, just look at Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), PowerShares QQQ (NASDAQ: QQQQ), and SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY).

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VIX Looks Ready to Run http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-looks-ready-to-run/ http://investorplace.com/2011/03/vix-looks-ready-to-run/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 10:05:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=32308 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) could rise rapidly as the broad market is vulnerable to oil shocks. The VXX futures could be a trading tool.

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VIX Down, Sees Big Block Trades http://investorplace.com/2011/02/vix-down-sees-big-block-trades/ http://investorplace.com/2011/02/vix-down-sees-big-block-trades/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:40:29 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=32056 The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) has had several large block trades this morning including a put spread and a straight buy of 20,000 calls.

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Check Weekly Option PINs in Amazon, Google http://investorplace.com/2011/02/check-weekly-option-pins-in-amazon-google/ http://investorplace.com/2011/02/check-weekly-option-pins-in-amazon-google/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:21:35 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=31928 Weekly options offer greater expiration trading opportunities. Study Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Google, (NASDAQ: GOOG).

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