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Volatility Views

Volatility Views is the premier radio program for volatility traders. From interviews with leading industry guests to detailed analysis of volatility products, this program takes you inside the world of volatility trading like never before. If you are an experienced options trader looking to expand your understanding of volatility, or if you are simply curious about VIX and other volatility products, then this is the program for you.

Apr 28, 2014

Volatility Views 108: VIX & More with Bill Luby


Volatility Review:  Today‚Äôs guest is Bill Luby, founder of the blog. It was a relatively quiet week for VIX, mostly drifting down toward the 13 handle until today. An aggressive selloff boosted volatility across the board. VIX Futures are catching bids as well. VIX options activity today: 4/1 calls over puts. Is there any sign of life in VXST?

India VIX reaches record highs. Kospi 200 volatility index hits record lows last week.  

Volatility Voicemail: Panels for advisors, volatility re: valuations, earnings, scanning tools, and more.

  • Question from Sanjay Patel - I have to agree with the hosts regarding the discussion from episode 104 regarding VIX ETPs and RIAs or family offices. I have been active in the advisor community for several decades, following all of the latest research and attending many industry conferences. I have never encountered a single study or panel devoted to this issue or a fellow advisor who utilizes these products. My evidence is all anecdotal but I would think that if advisors made up a significant portion of those flows I would have encountered that by now. I just wanted to share my thoughts with your listeners. Thank you for reading my question. Please continue to produce this fine program as well as the Advisors Option. They speak to very unique audience.
  • Question from Even_Star - Is it possible to run options valuations models using actual rather than implied volatility levels? I think this would give a truer approximation of the options value when you strip away all of the nonsense that comes from implied volatility.
  • Question from Haweye - Aside from Apple last week and Google last cycle, it seems like most companies are dramatically underperforming their straddles during earnings season. Microsoft and Amazon are simply the latest names to fall victim to this trend. To what do you attribute this trend? Why are traders so consistently overestimating volatility going into earnings announcements this year? This would seem to be a good environment for a risk defined premium harvesting strategy, such as an iron condor or iron fly.
  • Question from James Norman - Love the Volatility Views show. Great content. Great guests. Keep them coming. I would like to ask a question about tools, in particular scanners. You have discussed scanners for unusual activity and changes in implied Vol on previous shows. Do you know of any tools that scan for changes in implied volatility skew? I am looking to capture skew distortions that allow me to leg into verticals, ratios and risk reversals at highly attractive levels. Does such a tool exist? I did not know where else to turn, but I know Mark and the Volatility Views team will not let me down!



Crystal Ball: FOMC, Q1 GDP, ISM and the employment report (plus earnings) - all in one week!