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VIX Options, VIX Futures, and Mini VIX Futures: Casting a Wide Volatility Net

Key Takeaways VIX futures prices can help traders make sense of VIX options prices VIX options prices can be affected by the VIX futures term structure and whether it’s in contango or backwardation Traders who are bullish or bearish on volatility can trade VIX futures to speculate or hedge   In August 2020, Cboe Global Markets […]

Where Is the U.S. Dollar Headed?

The U.S. dollar has surged in recent months, gaining more than 6% relative to the currencies of other major trading partners since mid-July. The rally has reversed the dollar’s decline from the start of the year and ran contrary to consensus expectations. Figure 1: The dollar has risen in recent months. Chart shows the Bloomberg Dollar Spot […]

Another Rate Hike Bites the Dust

As expected, and with unanimity, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) opted to keep rates steady, with the fed funds rate remaining in a range of 5.25 – 5.5%, a 22-year high. In a nod to the recent surge in longer-term Treasury yields, the statement had the addition of the word “financial” in the statement […]