A Day in the Life of the VIX

By Surly Trader

Light volume, boring trading, reaching for all time highs on the S&P 500 and the VIX tumbles into the close:

Where does this drop put us in history?  Oh, just back to February 2007:

The option players don’t buy the euphoria though as the Credit Suisse Fear Barometer (CSFB) Index indicates:

Which side of the fence are you on?


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  1. So long as our pals at the Fed are holding up the market VIX will fall and the major equities indexes will rise. The trick is to buy the cheapest (nearest term) put on your favorite index (or calls on VIX) that doesn’t leave you hanging out to dry before expiration. So when are the inflation hawks going to start crowing at the Fed? Pick a maturity beyond that date and you should have a winner. Looks like your pros (options traders) are doing just that.