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Introduction to the VIX and VIX ETP's

“Unlock The Secrets Of The Mysterious VIX…

And…Trade VIX ETPs Like The Pros!”

VIX is a trademarked ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index, a popular measure of the implied volatility of S&P 500 index options.

It’s also considered to be the single most successful financial product introduced in the last 25 years.  

Yet, despite millions of trades made on the index each and every day, the VIX remains a deep, dark mystery to most traders.

That is all about to change on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

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On that day, Mark Sebastian, founder of Option Pit, will “pull back the curtain” and reveal everything you need to know about how to start trading the VIX and its various ETPs (Exchange Traded Products) successfully.

On Mark’s exciting one-hour webinar, you will discover:

  • What exactly the VIX is (not only can you profit handsomely from simply trading it, but you can also use the index to predict with uncanny accuracy exactly what’s about to happen in the market)…
  • What VIX products are tradable… and which ones to use to make money in any kind of market… bull, bear, or boring…
  • Insider professional secrets of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the ETP products (little-known gems of knowledge coveted by the savviest traders in the market)…How to trade some of the most popular VIX ETPs… like the VXX and the UVXY… like a seasoned pro…
  • And a handful of other secret trading strategies using the VIX known to only a select few traders in the market right now…

Listen, mastering the VIX and how to trade the index and its related ETPs could be the smartest, most profitable thing you do all year.

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VIX and VIX ETP Trading Primer

The One VIX Course Every Trader Should Take

“Don’t Let The Myths, Misconceptions, Miscommunications… And Outright Lies  About The VIX Destroy Your Trading!”

Instead… Sign Up For The One VIX Course Every Trader Should Take…And Discover The TRUTH About The VIX And How To Trade It Successfully…

Option Pit's VIX Primer

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Special 150 Minute Event Begins October 4th 10 ET

The VIX Futures and Options and the VIX ETP's are consistently the most active option classes,  futures, and ETP's traded on a daily basis.  Yet many traders consistently trade these products incorrectly.  More than any other trading vehicles, the nuances of the VIX and VIX ETP's can cause a good idea to go bad, despite the trader being right.


 In this 2+ hour primer Mark Sebastian Founder of Option Pit and Andrew Giovinazzi C.O.O. of Option Pit will teach traders:

The nuances of trading VIX futures across the curve

How to trade VIX options for income

How to take advantage of weakness and strengths of VIX ETNS

The not so secret secrets to buying and selling XIV and VXX

Join us on Saturday October 4th

Learn to avoid the pitfalls of these products for just $47.00


Mark Sebastian: Founder

Mark Sebastian is a former member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. The Author of the  popular trading manual "The Option Traders Hedge fund."  He is a  frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, First Business News. Sebastian has been published nationally on Yahoo Finance, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Bloomberg and is an ‘all-star contributor’ for’s Option Profits Team.  Mark is also, the managing editor for Expiring Monthly: The Option Traders Journal an all digital, all options magazine.  Mark has spoken for the CBOE, the ISE, CME, VOLX and is a co-host on the popular Option Block Podcast  and Volatility Views podcast.  Mark has a Bachelor’s in Science from Villanova University.

Andrew Giovinazzi: Chief Operating Officer

Original 3 Andrew Giovinazzi 1931.jpgAndrew Giovinazzi was a member of both the Pacific Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange where he made markets in both equity and index option classes.  During that period he never had a down year.  In 1991, Andrew started and ran the Designated Primary Market Maker post for Group One, ltd in Chicago.  He was instrumental in creating and managing a training program that allowed Group One, ltd. to significantly grow the company.  He left Group One, ltd. to co-found Henry Capital Management in 2001.  He became Chief Options Strategist and Option Pit Mentoring in the Fall of 2011.  Andrew has a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Economics.


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The VIX PRIMER IS LIMITED TO 150 STUDENTS SO RSVP ASAP! Click on sign upt to register or email questions to

Recent Articles

Forbes - "Mark Sebastian Emphasizes Importance Of Understanding Math Behind Options"

Mark Sebastian is interviewed in Forbes, you can read the article here.


Read Mark Sebastian's Piece on the SFI for TheStreet and Yahoo

You can read Mark Sebastian's anaylsis of IStar Financial that he wrote for right here or on Yahoo Finance here

Read Mark Sebastian's Piece on the VIX for TheStreet

You can read Mark's piece titled Re-Visiting the VIX here.