The VIX Pulled Back … Will It Remain There?

Yo Pit Crazies,


The VIX sold off a bit on Monday, stocks looked strong and the S&P 500 (SPX) rallied near 1%, which is only a 16% volatility


So the action was positive today and that chopped the VIX down.



What hasn’t changed is the Fed will speak next week and expiration will be well after the announcement.


What did change is the VIX curve is dropping back into contango again so we have the orbiting volatility once more.


So will it orbit higher or lower?


Let’s see what the curve says.


VIX Is Like A Kid on A Swing


Note the purple Dec. 3 close on the VIX curve where the Dec future, spot month, was much higher than everything else … 


 VIX term structure for Dec. 3 and Dec. 6.


That usually notes max fear for SPX.  For whatever reason on Monday, maybe due to the preponderance of news on Omicron being not as lethal, some of that topline worry came out of stocks.


So what does this mean? Well things are still volatile for VIX.  A trade I put on yesterday has to be something I can close easily if VIX breaks out of the Zone 4 (24+ Danger Zone for SPX)


orbiting mode.


Remember that VIX is still well in the higher quartile so it has not broken out of the initial vol event.


I like long the VIX Dec. 22 25/35/45 call fly and long VIX Dec. 22 20-strike puts on a ratio of 1 fly to 3 puts. This will most likely be going into the Volatility Trading Club.  


If we keep the same condition, the position will make a little. But if the market discounts the Fed like it usually does, we should see a 16 handle and nice surprise from Santa.


The VIX curve jumped from backward to contango and that is a sign of the market changing its mind and once again leaning downward VIX direction.  The option position has to be ready to roll with it.


There’s still time to catch up on this weekly live course — and certainly no better time than with a Zone 4 VIX.


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The Option Pit VIX Light Is Green as VIX moves into severe backwardation. Expect  big moves intraday in SPX.


I still expect a high degree of movement in VIX and I am adding more leverage, puts with some upside, to the Dec. cycle.


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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