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VIX Shorts Hit Record Highs As US Households Load Up On Stocks... +
With VIX at its 2nd lowest level weekly close in history, amid storms, quakes, dismal data, oh yeah and nuclear armageddon looming, it is perhaps no surprise that speculators sold more VIX futures last week... to a new record level of shorts... As Reuter...
VIX index... +
Friday Humor: Russell 2000 Reaches New Record High... +
...as 2017 earnings expectations hit year-to-date lows... And yes, we know financials are a major driver of the Russell 2000... so here's some more humor... But VIX doesn't appear to be in on the joke......
VIX Set For Calmest September In History (Despite Nukes, Fed, Quakes, And Storms)... +
September has seen... More missile tests from a nuclear-capable nation than ever before. The biggest storms ever in America (a quarter of all Atlantic Cat 5 landfalls on record have occurred in the last two weeks). The worst quake in Mexico in over 30 yea...
3 Reasons The VIX Is Low And Why It May Stay That Way... +
The VIX Index is back down to single digits, but that does not necessarily signal complacency. Understanding why the VIX is low is the key to predicting its ultimate reversal. Here are three reasons....
'Hawkish' Fed Fail? Yield Curve Flattens Most Since 2016 As Dollar Spikes... +
More dismal housing data, a VIX 9 handle, and bank stocks ripping higher (despite a big flattening in the yield curve) - just another day in Fed-land... Stocks and the long bond unchanged post-Fed, Gold down and dollar up... S&P and Dow ended th...
One of the market's hottest trades is riskier than ever... +
Betting on stock market fluctuations has never been more popular, but it's also riskier than ever as traders continue to pile into leveraged VIX products....
Ahead Of The Fed, A Reminder: Gross Vega On VIX ETFs Just Hit A "Staggering" All Time High... +
What if the Fed surprised today, and instead of only announcing a reduction in its balance sheet, it also sent an uber-hawkish signal by hiking rates 25 bps, something which virtually nobody expected? While stocks would certainly suffer an adverse reactio...
Bank Stocks, Bullion, & Bond Yields Jump Ahead Of Fed As Small-Cap VIX Hits Record Low... +
up... While Small Caps and Trannies ended red, the other major indices held on to gains (record highs for Dow, S&P), though Mexico City's quake took some shine off in ther afternoon... Futures show selling pressure as Japan opened, Europe op...
Global Equities Hit New All Time High Ahead Of The Fed; VIX < 10; Japan Stocks Surge... +
S&P futures are little changed as the Fed begins its two-day FOMC meeting pushing the VIX below 10, down 1.3% and falling for the 7th day; European shares are lower as is the dollar while Japanese stocks soar on the back of a tumbling yen as a snap el...
Tech Tumble Spooks Stocks (Briefly) As VIX Curve Steepens To 7-Month Highs... +
"A day above ground is a day to buy stocks..." Trannies were weakest on the day as dip-buyers rescued stocks from red after a mid-afternoon slump...ugly close Futures show the overall trading a little better - weakness from the EU open, a ...
Stocks Suddenly Slammed - Nasdaq Plunges Into Red... +
Well that escalated quickly... Some chatter than Lawrence Lessig's comments on regulating 'code' spoked some of the mega tech stocks, FANG tumbled... And that dragged everything down... VIX spiked back above 10... And in case you were looking for...
Stocks Panic-Bid At Cash Open As VIX Crushed To 9 Handle... +
...because nothing says "sell protection" or "cover hedges" like a warmongering Trump addressing The UN and a clueless Fed set to announce balance sheet normalization... US equity markets are open... Sell VIX Mortimer, Sell! Sometim...
An investing legend who's nailed the bull market at every turn says betting on the VIX is a 'quick way to lose money'... +
Laszlo Birinyi, an investing legend who's nailed the bull market at every turn, says betting on the VIX is a 'quick way to lose money.'...
SocGen: "Now Entering Dangerous Volatility Regimes"... +
With the VIX back to a 10-handle and eagerly eyeing single-digits once again, commentary on market complacency and the low VIX, which was blissfully gone for the past month when the VIX surged valiantly if briefly only to be smacked right back down, has r...
US STOCKS-Wall St up 1 pct as Irma, N. Korea fears ease... +
* Irma weakens to tropical storm, insurers gain* World stocks climb to record high; VIX, gold drops* Apple leads tech stocks higher on eve of...
The creator of Wall Street's 'fear gauge' says people don't understand it as well as they should... +
Business Insider spoke to the 64-year-old creator of Wall Street's 'fear gauge.' Here's what he had to say....
One Trader Warns This Weekend's Potential Chaos Is "Virtually Impossible To Handicap"... +
With VIX hovering below 12 still - despite a surge in realized volatility to its highest levels since the election - investors seem very confident that no matter what happens this weekend (or next), everything will be awesome. As former fund manager Richa...
Ex-Lehman Brothers trader says anyone shorting the VIX will blow themselves up... +
People who understand the dynamics of these products know that it is the definition of picking up nickels in front of a steamroller....
As the VIX sinks, fear gauge of different kind stays near record... +
Political turmoil has been building...
S&P Plunges To Critical Technical Support As VIX Spikes... +
With spiking above 13, US equity markets appear to be suddenly waking up to the potential that The Fed's constant stream of positivity was smoke and mirrors all along and a September full of massive event risk probably doesn't warrant buying the r...
Trading Desks Passing Around A "Worst Case" Scenario Of North Korea... +
The reason why the VIX has spiked by over 3 vols, or 3.13 to be precise, rising as high as 13.26 as this moment, is being attributed - by several buyside desks - to a "worst case" scenario analysis passed around the trader community from a prominent sells...
A legendary volatility pioneer says one of the market's hottest trades is like 'betting on the roulette'... +
Legendary volatility pioneer Dan Galai says the red-hot short VIX trade is risky and speculative, and similar to betting on the roulette....
Could Some VIX-Related Funds Go Poof in a Day?... +
Spotlight: Two funds designed to short the volatility index, or fear gauge, could be wiped out if the index goes up. But because big jumps are often followed by big falls,that may be when these funds are actually most attractive....
Why your prized tattoos could turn off future employers... +
Tattoos in the corporate workplace are often taboo unless you are highly mindful and strategic about baring your body art on the job. Thats the experience of Victoria Vix Reitano, a 29-year-old New Yorker and CEO of CreatiVix Media, a digital media market...
VIX Set For Lowest Annual Average Ever, But...... +
While intra-month the CBOE Volatility Index reached its highest since November, before plunging back to earth into the end of the month, VIX is still on track to post its lowest annual average on record. Bloomberg notes that in the past decade, VIX gains...
Investors rushing into volatility-linked funds will learn that betting on risk is risky... +
A derivative of a derivative of a derivative: what could possibly go wrong?...
All Eyes On August Payrolls, As Global Stocks Rise In Bullish September Start; Yuan Surge Continues... +
With payrolls looming (our full preview is here), carbon-based traders around the globe are leery of putting on any major trades and so the overnight session has been rather dull, dominated by the now traditional overnight algo-mediated levitation, which ...
The creator of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong... +
VIX co-creator Dan Galai says the market is misinterpreting low volatility as dangerous, and says the fear gauge is priced appropriately....
4 Reasons Why "Gold Has Entered A New Bull Market" - Schroders... +
- 4 reasons why "gold has entered a new bull market" - Schroders- Market complacency is key to gold bull market say Schroders- Investors are currently pricing in the most benign risk environment in history as seen in the VIX- History shows gold has the po...
Is A Market Crash Looming Despite VIX 'Fear' Index's Low Volatility Levels?... +
Amid U.S. stock market indices treading new highs during 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaching the 22,000 mark earlier this month - up almost 20% over the past twelve months - and low volatility exhibited by the VIX, dubbed the 'Fear Index&...
Korean Missiles, Killer Storm, & Kuroda Spark Biggest Buying-Panic In Tech Stocks Since Election... +
For today's stock market recap, see yesterday! In a comedic case of deja vu, somebody flicked the "DUMP VIX, BUY NASDAQ" swicth at exactly the moment US equity markets opened... The Dow fell back into the red into the close and there w...
North Korea missile spooks markets... +
Sensex, Nifty post biggest drop of 2017; VIX index jumps 7%...
...And The Market Breaks... +
Having melted up on a sea of momentum since the US open, the stock market just broke... At 1322ET, BATS declared self-help against Chicago Stock Exchange... And VIX and Nasdaq reacted... And chaos breaks out......
VIX Sellers Now Flaunt The Magazine Cover Curse... +
Selling volatility, primarily through VIX ETFs and ETNs has become so mainstream that the NY Times is reporting it. That level of media attention on a strategy has often been the kiss of death....
European Stocks Tumble To 6 Month Lows As Euro Surges Above 1.20; VIX, Havens Surge... +
Financial markets think the only realistic option for the U.S. and North Korea will be to sit down and talk at some point because other options are too costly for everyone involved. But no one can rule out the risk of accidents. Markets think the chicken ...
One of the most popular trades right now is like picking up nickels in front of a steamroller... +
When a trade is crowded, the fallout can be severe when the momentum reverses....
Gold, VIX, Bitcoin Surge; Stocks, USDJPY Tumble After North Korean Missile Launch... +
Dow futures down over 120 points (and Nikkei 225 down over 200 points) at the reopen following North Korea's 'successful' firing of a ballistic missile across Japan. Gold futures spiked to $1325 as USDJPY plunged... The USDJPY is tumbling on...
A former manager at Target became a millionaire using one of Wall Street's favorite trades... +
A former manager at Target says he has grown his net worth from $500,000 to $12 million in five years betting against the VIX....
A Brief History Of Tail Risk: From LTCM, ABX, CDS, To VIX... +
Authored by Peter Tchir via Brean Capital, I continue to be focused on tail risk. While I think valuations may be stretched, my bigger concern is that the real risk lies in market structure – more specifically to volatility and correlation strategi...
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