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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.

Jan 25, 2016

Volatility Review: Another volatile week - volatility still readily apparent in the marketplace.

  • VVIX: 109
  • VIX futures
  • Russell’s weekly rundown: What weekly VIX options activity caught your eye this week?
  • VIX options: 20,000 VIX Feb 20 puts (expiring 2/17); VIX feb30/40 call spread trades (expiring 2/17) 18,500 mid-market; total 3.84m (2.55m calls, 1.28m puts)
  • Crude oil: Oil rose from its lowest close in more than 12 years as investors tried to pick a bottom after government inventory data.  OIV: 66; OVX: 66

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Pick6 -  The VIX is mean reverting with a long-term mean around 20. Does that mean reversion quality make it a good candidate for selling iron condors and iron butterflies?
  • Comment from Envigon - Steak or no steak? What’s the deal?

Crystal Ball: Waiting on rate hikes until Europe/China/Japan lifts off the gas pedal. How many times will the Fed raise rates this year? Sebastain sets the over/under at 1. Russell says it will be zero. Mark says don't count out Q4, but is leaning towards zero. Jared says it will be two. Is there more steak at stake?