Volatility

VIX Unusually Tame after Bernanke Statement

As the S&P 500 reaches new highs today after Bernanke's comments allayed the "taper tantrum," traders who rely on volatility are probably wondering what's happened to their summer, usually a time for erratic moves. More 

Strike While Apple’s Volatility Is Dead

With AAPL exhibiting the pulse of a corpse, few traders are willing to pay high prices for option contracts. Exploit these cheap options prices. More 

Too Late to Trade the Russell 2000 Rebalance

Don't try to front-run the Russell 2000 rebalancing. The house is against you ... and besides, the book was closed on this bet a month ago. More 

Know the Basics About Small-Cap Options

There are few differences between trading options on large-cap stocks and small-cap stocks, but those differences are significant handcuffs. More 

‘Fear Index’ Got You Scared? Don’t Be.

The VIX swung wildly last week as investors took on more "insurance" than needed. Our objective system can profit from this kind of emotion-driven trading. More 

Volatility Has Entered the Building!

The lift in implied volatility is increasing the appeal of option-selling strategies like individual credit spreads and iron condors. Consider these two SPY trades. More 

Warning Signs from the VIX

We take a look at the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE:VIX) to see what it might be telling us for the trading ahead. More