A guide to using the VIX to forecast and trade markets
Known as the fear index, the VIX provides a snapshot ofexpectations about future stock market volatility and generallymoves inversely to the overall stock market. Trading VIXDerivatives will show you how to use the Chicago Board OptionsExchange's S&P 500 volatility index to gauge fear and greed inthe market, use market volatility to your advantage, and hedgestock portfolios. Engaging and informative, this book skillfullyexplains the mechanics and strategies associated with trading VIXoptions, futures, exchange traded notes, and options on exchangetraded notes.
Many market participants look at the VIX to help understandmarket sentiment and predict turning points. With a slew of VIXindex trading products now available, traders can use a variety ofstrategies to speculate outright on the direction of marketvolatility, but they can also utilize these products in conjunctionwith other instruments to create spread trades or hedge theiroverall risk.
* Reviews how to use the VIX to forecast market turning points,as well as reveals what it takes to implement trading strategiesusing VIX options, futures, and ETNs
* Accessible to active individual traders, but sufficientlysophisticated for professional traders
* Offers insights on how volatility-based strategies can be usedto provide diversification and enhance returns
Written by Russell Rhoads, a top instructor at the CBOE'sOptions Institute, this book reflects on the wide range of usesassociated with the VIX and will interest anyone looking forprofitable new forecasting and trading techniques.