Tag: VIX

Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable

March 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable

Trading VXX Can Be Very Profitable There are good reasons why trading iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) is extremely popular. With an average volume of nearly 50 million shares a day, both retail and institutional traders must be active in this ETN. As a quick refresher, VXX is a way to get […]

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Should You Be Trading VXX?

February 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Should You Be Trading VXX?

Should You Be Trading VXX? One of the primary themes I like to discuss on this site is volatility. After all, you shouldn’t be trading options if you don’t at least have a basic understanding of why volatility is important to the financial markets. So why is volatility important? In a nutshell, volatility is significant […]

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What’s This Big VXX Trade Telling Us?

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
What’s This Big VXX Trade Telling Us?

What’s This Big VXX Trade Telling Us? If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know I like to talk about VXX. VXX, or the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN, is one of the most popular exchange-traded products out there. As I’ve mentioned before, the average volume for VXX over the last […]

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Watch Out For September

May 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Watch Out For September

Recently, I wrote an article discussing an interesting trade in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) options.  The trade was meaningful because it was a significant bet or hedge on the entire emerging markets asset class. This week, there’s once again been an intriguing trade worth discussing.  This massive trade could have broader implications on the […]

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New Volatility Products Mean Even More Ways For You To Make Money

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
New Volatility Products Mean Even More Ways For You To Make Money

With the way exchanges and investments companies are consistently rolling out new products, you could argue that this is the golden age of investing.  For investors and traders, there are more choices than ever before when it comes to different types of investments. Back in the day, the average investor was fortunate to have access […]

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Why Is Volatility Important?

August 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Why Is Volatility Important?

If you spend any time studying options, you’ll consistently come across the concept of volatility.  Actually, volatility has become a widely followed market indicator.  So, it’s not just an obscure options topic anymore. In fact, it’s very normal to see quotes on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) flashed across the major financial news networks.  The […]

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This New Index Is Worth Keeping An Eye On

June 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
This New Index Is Worth Keeping An Eye On

What once was just an obscure variable for options traders, volatility is now a mainstream financial topic, followed by all types of investors.  If you’ve spent any time watching CNBC or reading the financials news, you’ve undoubtedly seen or heard discussions of market volatility. In fact, the most popular method of trading volatility, the VIX, […]

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Options Volatility Watch: What’s Going On With The VIX?

April 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Options Volatility Watch:  What’s Going On With The VIX?

If you’re an active investor – or even if you just follow the markets – it pays to know what the VIX is doing.  That holds true whether or not you trade options.  The VIX is an important indicator for all types of investors. First off, what’s the VIX? The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index, […]

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Here’s The Truth About Portfolio Hedging

December 16, 2011 | By | Reply More
Here’s The Truth About Portfolio Hedging

Confused about how to hedge your stock and ETF portfolio? If so, you’re in luck. In a moment, I’m going to show you the simplest way to hedge your stocks and stock-based ETFs. But before I say any more… I first need to expose a few dangerous hedging techniques you should ignore like the plague. […]

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The Secret To Trading The VIX

June 9, 2010 | By | Reply More
The Secret To Trading The VIX

Everyone thinks professional traders have these great secrets to trading – silver bullets guaranteeing profits.  It turns out there’s really nothing secret about being a good trader.  Discipline, timing, research – these are things anyone can do with time and effort. But there’s at least one exception to the rule, the VIX.  Professional traders don’t […]

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