Volatility

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Trade of the Day: iPath Short-Term VIX (VXX)

Taking past as prologue, you can expect the current fear and anxiety in the stock market to abate, sending the VIX tumbling and the S&P 500 rising anew. More 

GOOG: A Pre-Earnings Options Trade for Google Stock

Ahead of Google's earnings report, expectations have ratcheted higher, as has the volatility of Google stock. That sets up this iron condor trade. More 

Buy VIX Calls for Cheap Protection

The combination of a depressed VIX and steady stock market gains means that volatility is cheap. Now's the time to buy VIX calls to protect yourself. More 

Will 2014 Bring Higher Volatility?

For all the taper tantrum and government shutdown drama, market volatility took a chill pill in 2013. But that's unlikely to continue in 2014. More 

Trade SPX Options Amid an Overblown VIX

VIX jumps re-inflate depressed option premiums, increasing the potential profits for all sorts of option-selling strategies. Consider these SPX options. More 

VXX – Profit on Puts as Volatility Heads Lower

A deluge of holidays during the next six-week stretch is why forward-looking volatility measures like the VIX have succumbed to gravity. Consider this VXX trade. More 

VXX Calendar Spread: Embrace Time, Exploit Volatility

Calendar spreads like this trade idea on the VXX allow you to profit from the day-by-day decay in option values and provide a partial directional hedge. More