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VIX head fakes into the New Year

Happy New Year to all the Option Pit faithful!  We started off with more of what we saw last year; the inability of VIX to hold a spike and then yet another rally.  Not so long ago naysayers thought we would never see the highs again in the NASDAQ and yet it pushed through 7000 today for an all-time high.  Whatever VIX thought was going to happen, it was right, just not in the direction implied by the sharp rally. 

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Will they or won’t they?

For the most part today was a sleeper.  Most everything sold off after tremendous runs to all –time highs in SPX and NDX yesterday.  You know things are nuts when TWTR, yes I bought more juice in there last week, is the market leader for a day.  Much of the action in VIX this year, when there was any, has been around politics.  DJT seems to keep the volatility around himself and somehow it does not translate to equities except on Russia news snippets.  The month of December has been ruled by Congress and I predict that is how the month will end.

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