Is The Threat Of Air Strikes Against Iran Driving Oil ETF Option Prices Higher? (USO, OIL, DBO, XLE, XES)

Jared Woodard:  Probably. First, some context. Here’s the one-month volatility risk premium in the U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEARCA:USO) options since 2007. 

NYSE:DBO March 29, 2012 10:56pm

Investors Still Haven’t Understood Leveraged ETFs (DPK, FAZ, FAS, DRV, DRN, TZA, TNA, BGU, BGZ, ERX, ERY, EDC, EDZ)

When leveraged and inverse ETFs were first launched, many investors weren’t aware of the negative effects that daily rebalancing would have on the long-term performance of those ETFs
NYSE:BGU November 29, 2010 2:10pm

Implied Volatility May Be Higher Than It Appears (VXX, VXZ)

Several clients mentioned the sizable decline in implied volatility yesterday and characterized current levels of IV as too low to sell. I think I can sympathize with that intuition
NYSE:VXX November 4, 2010 2:39pm

VIX Portfolio Hedging In A Crisis-Free World (NYSE:VXX)

This is the third post in the series I’m writing to introduce the VIX Portfolio Hedging VXH Strategy. The most important feature of the VXH strategy is that it offers protection against severe market
NYSE:VXX October 12, 2010 11:29am

Delta, Like Everything, Decays (NYSE:DIA)

Standard accounts of the option Greeks will explain that delta measures the rate of change in the price of an option per unit change in the underlying asset. The text I use with mentoring clients,
NYSE:DIA October 4, 2010 3:47pm

Why Conventional Hedging Methods Fail (NYSE:SPY)

This is the second post in the series I’m writing to introduce the VIX Portfolio Hedging (VXH) Strategy. I am discussing the problems with conventional portfolio hedging methods first – before
NYSE:SPY September 27, 2010 4:26pm

Introducing The VIX Portfolio Hedging (VXH) Strategy (NYSE:VXX)

Since the 2008 financial crisis, I’ve been contacted regularly by clients and readers who are looking for effective and cost-efficient methods for hedging their portfolios. The more time I’ve
NYSE:VXX September 7, 2010 11:36am

Trading The Volatility In Interest Rate Options With These ETFs (TLT, TBT)

Traders have been increasingly eager to speculate on the future direction of interest rates. The volatility implied by options on 2-, 5-, 10-, and 30-year Treasury notes and bonds has lifted the
NYSE:TBT August 31, 2010 4:31pm

The Vicissitudes Of Hedging Tail Risks (VXX, VXZ, VXX, XXV)

People are excited about tail risk. On the institutional side, banks and asset managers are packaging up complex, multi-asset hedging products and selling them to pension funds, endowments, and
NYSE:VXX July 26, 2010 10:55am

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