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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.

Aug 4, 2014

Volatility Views 121: Something Is Odd with Volatility Skew

Volatility Review: VIX hovering around 16 one handle higher than it was last week. VXST is averaging around 18. Volatility skew - some very strange occurrences this week.



Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments.

  • Question from TiklenIvory: What is the best way to short VIX? Straight up VIX puts, or go long XIV?
  • Question from James Forrest: I liked the conversation regarding straddle volatility going into earnings. I agree that there should be more research into this area. Jared, I would happily add my $5 to the mix, if that will spur you into action. If you had to guess right now, what percentage of Fortune 500 names do you think outperform their straddle in any given quarter?
  • Question from Eligo: RE: Straddle debate from episode 120. Should any straddle research into earnings incorporate dynamic hedging into the results? For example: If the underlying does not net outperform the straddle, but there are multiple opportunities to dynamically hedge during the trading session, it would net be profitable. Should this be incorporated into any future straddle research, or does this add too much complexity to the equation?



Crystal Ball: How long can volatility stay in the low teens? What could possibly cause a move higher?