Apr 23, 2012
50: Listener Mail Extravaganza
Volatility Review: NASDAQ (aka Apple+) is starting
to see a rise in realized volatility, as had been anticipated. VIX
looks like it is settling back into a range, so we will have to see
if it holds where it is or moves yet again. We seem to be in flux;
there's no real trend here.
Listener Mail: Via email from Tim Siffron,
I love your show and the great guests you guys
manage to wrangle, but I was a little out of my depth with last
week's guest. It's been a while since I took a stats course, so
your discussion of jump frameworks and stochastic volatility models
for pricing OTC variant swaps was a tad out of my league. Can you
give a quick, plain English summary of the take-aways from that
discussion, for those of us who may have had trouble following
along? Thanks and looking forward to the NASDAQ
Via Twitter from Joe X4.
Mark and Don: Who is your
favorite Vol Views guest so far? Love the show.
Via email from Aston VaLance, Hoboken, NJ.
Mark L, Mark S and Don: Now that you are discussing NASDAQ vol on
the show, do you find that it performs dramatically differently
from S&P vol? If so, how much of that difference do you
attribute to the relative dearth of NASDAQ vol products versus the
explosion of S&P volatility ETPs? Mark L has said many times on
the show that the VIX has many masters these days, not just SPX
front-month volatility. On the flip side, it seems that NASDAQ vol
only has one master. Are these various masters pulling the VIX in
different directions from NASDAQ vol? Also, would the lack of
NASDAQ vol ETPs "polluting the waters" make NASDAQ implied vol a
more pure product from a volatility perspective?
Via the Options Insider forum, from Captain Options.
What causes VIX term structure? Mark L, Don and company: The Vol
Views show has discussed the term structure of VIX futures many
times in the past; most recently the emphasis has been on the
incredibly steep slope of that term structure. I wonder if you
could voice your opinions on what you think is actually causing
such a steep slope in that product. As my handle suggests, I am
more of an options guy than a futures guy, so I'm not particularly
familiar with futures term structures and how they should work. I
hope my question isn't too remedial for this esteemed panel. And
Don, may I say, "Sold to you." Wow. That felt great!
Crystal Ball: NASDAQ volatility at nearly historic
lows, which Don predicts will rise over the short term. However, he
did not say "buy 'em." Remember his motto re options: "Sell, or
don't sell." Sebastian discusses shocking bond movement, earnings
season, and Apple.