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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.

Oct 25, 2013

Volatility Views 93: Returning in Style

Volatility Viewpoint: Mark’s guest is Russell Rhoads, Senior Instructor, Options Institute.  What does The Options Institute do? What is your opinion on the massive influx of retail traders into sophisticated institutional products like VIX options? What is your opinion on this new shorter-duration VIX products?

Volatility Review:  Last-minute hedging activity in the broad indices ahead of the shutdown attributed to a short squeeze in volatility. Did the aggressive selling activity prior to the deadline a surprise to you? We are seeing some backwardation in the near-end of the VIX curve right now - a rare occurrence. How will weekly VIX change the marketplace?

Listener Mail: What do you want to know?

  • Question from Endzone - Will the sing name VIX products ever see the light of day
  • Question from George Santiago, San Diego, CA - I love the volatility views program and am looking forward to its return. Mark, Don and the gang put on a very informative program. I wold like to ask a question about variance. The CFE launched a variance product several years ago that received little traction. They have since pulled it. What was the problem with that product? Do you feel the relaunched version has nay chance in the marketplace?

Crystal Ball:  Dangerous roads ahead as we navigate the shutdown.  Watch out for another short squeeze in volatility. Eventually premium has to erode - something has to give.