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Today’s Option Blogs September 18, 2010

  • The Outrage!
    I truly can’t believe people would stoop so low as to use Melissa Therriau’s likeness to imply she endorses certain products. But apparently, they do. MELISSA THEURIAU’S face is familiar to regular web surfers, but they are most likely to know her as “Karen” or “Amy” because her image has been stolen for use in […]
  • Food For Options Thought
    Lawrence McMillan looks at VXX, VIX futures and volatility in general in his newsletter, and draws these conclusions. Im not sure anyone really buys VXX and just holds it, but VXX can be a useful tool, despite the fact that it underperforms $VIX in bullish times. Note that VXX outperforms in a bearish market, so […]
  • Expiration Pin Jamming
    Well, we rarely go over pins these days. Quite simply, what doesn’t pin now? You have 1 pt. wide strikes in just about every ETF, and a host of individual names as well. Putting that thru the calculator, I find that nothing can close more than 50 cents from strike. You also have weekly expiration […]
  • Comment of The Week And Blog-Related Thoughts
    I just can’t let this one go. Jeez, “Mr. Professional Writer and Expert” – do you think you can learn some grammar, punctuation and syntax skills? I mean, really, “month’s” when the word “month” is not possessing anything? Next: “Similar to premiums of VIX over realized volatility, the cost of OTM puts vis OTM calls, […]
  • MKM Morning VIX Thoughts
    Some thoughts on where volatility goes, from MKM Partners. A couple of large trades in the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (VIX, 22.42) and iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX, 17.28) yesterday appear to represent the view that implied volatility will exhibit its historical seasonal pattern over the next couple of months. We disagree, […]
  • Quadruple Witch Is Upon Us
    Doesn’t get so much publicity any more. But hey, it’s tomorrow, Time was the mere mention of “Quadruple” and “Witch” together caused my skin to break out in hives…..well either that or a cat walking by. OK seriously, I have a piece up on InvestorPlace on what you need to know about Witches.

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