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Option Pit Professional Traders Summit

Date: Sep 10th 2014-Sep 12 2014

Cost: 595.00

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Come Join Mark & Andrew for a three day trader’s summit in Chicago.  There will be a live trading room, with multiple lessons taught throughout the day.  Traders will focus on finding edge, managing a book, and trading volatility products.  This is a can’t miss event that will include rigorous instruction, trading, and fun.

Special Guest Speakers:  Russell Rhoads of CBOE,  Dominic Salvino of Group 1, Stefen Choy of Livevol, Frank Fahey,  Dan Stechic, and many more.


-A White Sox Game vs Twins and US Cellular Field

-LIve Option Block Podcast

-Guest Speakers on Important Topics

-In-depth discussion and sharing

 -Group Dinner at Benny's Chop House



Morning:  Arrive Chicago

11:15:  Meet at Ceres For Lunch

Noon:  Head to Class Room

1:00-3:00:  Stefen Choy

330:-4:00: Meet with Dominic Salvino

4:00-11:00:  Happy Hour, Tailgate, Sox Game


8:00 Arrive at CBOE

10:00:  Russell Rhoads:  VIX

Noon:  Lunch

1:00:  Frank Fahey:  Commodity Trading

3:00-3:30:  Wrap up day

4:00:  Live Podcast

5:00: Happy Hour and Dinner


8:00 Arrive at CBOE

10:00 Dan Stechic or another Eurodollar Trader

Noon:  Lunch

3:00 Adjourn

The Event will be held on the 4th floor in the Room 4b conference room.  



 This event is for Option Pit Members Gold or higher only.


Introduction to the VIX and VIX ETP's

The VIX is the most successful financial product introduced in the last 25 years.  Yet, despite how actively the product is traded it is still one of the misunderstood indexes.  The VIX ETP's like VXX and UVXY are some of the most actively traded ETP's on a daily basis.  In this one hour webinar Mark Sebastian, founder of Option Pit will discuss the basics of the VIX and the VIX ETP's.

Traders will learn:

  • What is the VIX
  • What VIX products are tradable
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each products
  • A few not so secret secrets to trading VIX ETP's


Register HERE

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VIX and VIX ETP Trading Primer

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 accross 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

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.