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VIX futures the quicker picker upper

For a moment there I thought hell froze over as a bi-partisan plan for the AHCA might keep it running for two more years.  Keep buying the insurance companies I guess.  Today was such a snooze that I have to go observational.  NFLX was not enough to excite although 70% stock price gains this year are exciting enough.  Let’s talk VIX because it did something slightly not normal but normal today.

charts from VIXcentral.com

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VIX does it again!

 So you say, "what does VIX do again"?  It stayed below 9 for the 6th day in a row.  Mark did a hit on Mad Money describing this.  Realized vol is in the toilet so VIX should be low.  If VIX was rising solidly on  a rising SPX, usually that is a good time close the short vol positions.  We did have a slight up day in VIX today, .12, but I don’t think that is enough to reverse the trend.  ATM IV in the SPX is 6.68% so it is hard for VIX to get much lower.

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Sticky Sticky Sticky VIX

As we run to all-time highs for SPX and RUT plain kicking the door down, VIX notched in a 9 handle close.  All is normal, as the BIG VOL INDEX runs the way it is supposed to.  Now the issue really is why the VIX Oct future remains above 12  with less than 3 weeks to go.  The short answer is the future traders are holding out.  Waiting for the next DJT Tweet bomb or a NK dirt clod fight has left premium sellers a little shell shocked.  They won't give it up.

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