CBOE/Option Pit White Paper: A Levered Approach to BXY

This is a white paper Authored by Russell Rhoads of the CBOE and Mark Sebastian Founder of Optoin Pit

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SPX Options Overly Discount Scottish Results

I agree with the consus and believe that in the end, the Scotts will do the right thing and vote to stay in the UK.  That being said, I think the market might have discounted that result a little too much.  Take a look at the SPX strangle that expires on the opening print tomorrow:

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Is this the revenge of William Wallace?

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So the Fed is leaning toward 2015 to start raising rates? There is not much different in that announcement as the Fed watchers look to parse all the of the twists and turns in the FOMC meeting minutes.  I think that after this long in our plodding recovery market players would be happy to see the Fed exiting.  That means things should be getting better, but that is just me.

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RVX Crush the Next Shoe to Drop

The VIX got creamed today as traders realized that the Fed is probably not going to be that big of a deal.  Additionally,  if the Scotts do what they should do,  the VIX is probably going to go even lower.  Looking accross the board IV got creamed in the SPX, NDX and DJX.  It did not get smoked in the RUT which was the big underpeformer on the way up.  Those that follow RUT know that underperformance is unlikely to last and that the index will POP higher if the SPX stays high (which it probably will).  Thus,  I think there mgiht be some real oppotunity to sell premium in RUT.

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VIX Is Really Expensive

Today, while the S&P was mostly unchanged, the VIX was up more than .80.  When taking into account for weekend effect a little better than unchanged.  Yet in many respects it should have been absolutely destroyed by the market.  Why?  Well take a look at where movement has been, in and out of meetings, in and out of economic announcements, and wars.  Yet for some reason this Fed meeting is being treated as if there is some fundamental change occuring.  Take a look at the HV/IV spread:

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