Can VIX Break 16?

Yo Pit Crazies,


What a crazy week! 


We had a tick range for the S&P 500 Index (SPX) as low as 4,305 and as high as 4,464. 


Just 160 points or 3.5% in 4 days. That is a range and volatility can price ranges.


Range is one thing, but flow is another! Lots of ways to win out there. 


Also note that VIX Friday got a very slight move on a flat day. That is part of the mix.


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VIX Prices 30-day Volatility and Daily Expected Moves


Thirty-day volatility is just that: what the market thinks the daily volatility will be on average for the next 30 days.


Remember, as I have written here before, a 1% daily move is a 16 volatility, 2% daily move is a 32 volatility, etc.


VIX 10-days with 1-minute candles.


VIX closed last Friday at about 20, so the market was expecting 1.25% per day for 30 days.


The Evergrande scare changed that perception quickly on Monday when VIX shot to 28 or closer to 1.75% per day.  That is about 75 SPX points per day.


Traders were expecting the big move by Monday evening and even the possibility of a 150 point snapback. They got what they thought would happen.


With the Fed calling the ball and the China issue easing, expect lower volatility this week.


The Lesson: VIX changes when SPX movement expectations change. That can be up or down.


The Rundown

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The Pro Room sentiment is still bearish VIX/VXX/UVXY 4 days in


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Volatility Edge is run by Mark and uses the proprietary Option Pit VIX Light indicator to guide volatility trading. The Vol Trade Club is run by me (AG), and employs a long strangle strategy that seeks to use VIX future decay to pay for upside VIX, VXX and UVXY options.

The Option Pit VIX Light will most likely turn red with a VIX run back to 16.


      • VTC Trade No. 263 is up 10% as of now, with both sides still open.


Remember, a lot of vol strategies I use are market neutral. That means whether SPX or VIX go up or down, the positions still make money. This is a technique you can learn in the Volatility Trading Club and Volatility Edge!

To Your Trading Success,



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