Q&A by Rob Friesen
STRATEGIES FOR PERIODS OF LOW VOLATILITY
Traders have been hoping for and betting on increased volatility in 2017 only to be disappointed so far. Any discussion on volatility outcomes going forward may be rather, well, volatile.
Most S&C readers will be familiar with the VIX, the symbol for the CBOE Volatility Index, which shows the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility. Used as a fear gauge, or measure of market risk, it is calculated using the implied volatilities of puts and calls of the S&P 500 index. The CBOE derives an aggregate value of the volatility of a wide range of options, estimating how volatile they will become between the current date and the options expiration date ...