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The VIX index draws from both call and put options with more than 23 days and less than 37 days to expiration.\u00a0"}},"@type":"Question","name":"How do I bet against the VIX?","acceptedAnswer":"@type":"Answer","text":"The best way to directly bet against the VIX is to use bearish options trading strategies on the VIX itself, such as the bear call spread and bull put spread.\u00a0Additionally, investors can purchase SVXY, ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF. Because of contango, this ETF tends to shed value faster than the VIX.\u00a0"]}Next LessonVIX Term Structure ExplainedJanuary 27, 2022CBOE Volatility Index GuideFebruary 3, 2022High Dividend, Low Volatility ETFsJune 14, 2021Additional ResourcesCBOE Volatility Index: Live Data

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Gavin McMaster has a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment. He specializes in income trading using options, is very conservative in his style and believes patience in waiting for the best setups is the key to successful trading. Follow him on Twitter at @OptiontradinIQ

CHICAGO, Dec. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe: CBOE), a leading provider of global market infrastructure and tradable products, announced that it will re-open floor trading of options on the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) on Wednesday, December 28.

On Tuesday, the VIX trading pit on the Cboe trading floor was temporarily closed for the day as a result of water damage sustained from a burst pipe above the trading floor. VIX and VIXW options were traded in electronic-only mode while open outcry trading was unavailable.

VIX and VIXW options will be available for both electronic and open outcry trading beginning Wednesday. To resume floor trading, the VIX trading pit is being temporarily relocated to an alternate space on the Cboe trading floor while repairs to the damaged trading pit will be made.

All other products and areas of the Cboe trading floor, including the S&P 500 Index (SPX and SPXW), Russell 2000 Index (RUT), SPDR ETF (SPY), and all equity options trading crowd spaces have not been impacted and continue to be available for both their regular electronic and open outcry trading. The Cboe Options Exchange is a hybrid market combining open outcry floor trading with electronic trading.

The CBOE VIX index is a benchmark index where expected future volatility is calculated based on put and call option pricing in the S&P 500 index (SPX options). The VIX index is a 30-day representation of volatility expectations for the S&P 500.

We use the inside long call option to calculate risk and not use the $30 strike calls. Why? If volatility explodes, the $28 strike call options kick in sooner and hedge the upside volatility risk.

The risk for a single spread was $395. To calculate the maximum risk, subtract the spread width of the closest call options ($11 and $15), Then, subtract the credit collected ($0.05) from the spread width ($4.00) for $3.95 of risk.

Remember, we use the innermost long call option to calculate risk and not use the $17 strike calls. Because if volatility explodes, the $15 strike call options kick in sooner and hedge the upside volatility risk.

The risk for a single spread was $370. To calculate the risk, subtract the spread width of the closest call options ($14 and $10) and then subtract the credit collected ($0.30) from the spread width ($4.00) for $3.70 of risk.

The risk for a single spread was $385. Again, to calculate the risk, subtract the spread width of the closest call options ($16 and $12) and then subtract the credit collected ($0.15) from the spread width ($4.00) for $3.85 of risk.

In a recently published article, the benefits of using VIX call options over SPX (=S&P 500) put options as hedging tools were discussed (remember: VIX and SPX have an inverse relationship, so an SPX put would correspond to a VIX call). While I did not go into detail, I mentioned that the outerperformance mainly stems from the unique volatility surface of the VIX options. Implied volatility is a major price driver, as it is an important input variable of the Black-Scholes model, with higher implied volatility pushing the price of an option up and vice versa. This article aims to shed more light on the behavior of the volatility surface of SPX put and VIX call options and shows why the very unique volatility surface of VIX options gives them a massive advantage over SPX put options.

For those not familiar with volatility surfaces, here is a quick recap: The volatility surface shows the level of implied volatility (y-axis) for options on the same underlying, with different deltas (x-axis) and expiration dates (z-axis). The graph below illustrates the volatility surface of an SPX put option.

The delta of an option shows the sensitivity of its price with respect to a movement in the underlying. Consequently, an at the money option would have a delta of 0.5, and the further they are in the money, the higher the delta (and vice verse). Usually only at- and out-of the money options are displayed, but since the purpose of this article is to compare VIX and SPX options as hedging tools, only the surface of Put (for SPX) and Call (for VIX) options is displayed.

The z-axis shows how much time is left till the option expires. This article only examines options with expiration dates between 1 month and 2 months. The reason for choosing this time frame is that expirations between 0 days and 1 months would be very difficult to model with my methodology, and VIX options with an expiration of more than 2 months show a much smaller sensitivity to the underlying than options with a closer expiration, making them very ineffective hedging tools. The methodology is described in more detail in the appendix.

This study examines the efficiency of VIX option trading strategies that exploit the VIX futures roll and the often substantial VIX futures volatility premiums from January 2007 through March 2014. The study first assesses the related issue of whether VIX options typically are overpriced by examining long VIX option delta-hedged returns and demonstrates that average losses on front contract calls and puts over 5-business day horizons either are not statistically significant or are economically small. In light of the evidence that VIX option buyers on average do not overpay at all or by much for the limited risk associated with VIX options, the study then turns to whether long VIX option positions can be used to exploit the well-documented tendencies of VIX futures to rise and fall when the VIX futures curve is in backwardation and in contango, respectively, as well as the tendency of VIX futures to build in large ex-ante volatility premiums. The results demonstrate that these defined-risk strategies are highly profitable and offer attractive risk-reward tradeoffs. Moreover, the systematic tendencies of VIX futures have far more power for predicting attractive VIX option returns than the ex-ante volatility premiums built into VIX options. The study also shows that long VIX option strategies importantly benefit from a strong tailwind that owes to the tendency of VIX option implied volatilities to rise with increases in the actual volatilities of underlying VIX futures contracts, as VIX futures move toward settlement and their volatilities rise to the typically higher volatility of the VIX.

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Barchart allows you to view options by Expiration Date (select the expiration month/year using the drop-down menu at the top of the page). Weekly expiration dates are labeled with a (w) in the expiration date list.

You can also view options in a Stacked or Side-by-Side view. The View setting determines how Puts and Calls are listed on the page. For both views, "Near-the-Money" Calls and Puts are highlighted: 041b061a72

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