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Questions tagged [volatility]

For questions related to measurements of the range of returns for a given equity, bond, or market index.

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What's the difference between a variance swap and a long straddle option trade?

A long straddle is when one is anticipating a swing in stock price, but you’re not sure which direction it will go. And a variance swap is a financial derivative used to hedge or speculate on the ...
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Is it likely for large buy to open orders to be filled on thinly traded options?

Suppose you are very bullish or bearish on a stock but its options are thinly traded. Some stocks have an options market that doesn't exceed $200,000 even around earnings time. Say you want to ...
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What are the most highly leveraged ways for a retail investor to bet against volatility (or inverse volatility)?

I am aware that there is an inverse VIX ETF, but it is not leveraged. The only other way I can think of is to buy VXX puts? Is there another method I am not aware of that provides more leverage?
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Is the limiting factor in the volume of the options market options sellers or option buyers?

For example, options trade volume is less than that of equities, and most option trading is concentrated amongst a small group of top companies. However, that doesn't mean that there are profitable ...
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How come none of the VIX ETFs track the index exactly? [duplicate]

For example the VXX ETF (https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/VXX) does not track the index exactly (https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EVIX/)
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How was the media able to identify that certain VIX put and calls were made by the same entity?

From the article below, how can someone be certain all these trades were performed by the same entity? To fund it, the investor sold approximately 260,000 VIX puts expiring in January with a ...
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Options Volatility and Settlement during a merger and acquisition

I'm trying to figure out how the vol of an option on a target change when the deal is a mix of cash stock. We know that in a cash deal, vol creeps to 0 as the deal collects approvals. Stock deal, vol ...
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Hedge against crypto currency / exchange risk

I have securities that have crypto-currencies (say, XBT/BTC) as a base currency and I want to avoid the tremendous volatility of this market. There are options for margin trading of sorts (shorts, ...
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Are there speculative ETFs analogous to investment funds?

Are there ETFs that bundle up highly speculative investments with high risk/reward profiles? For instance, they might currently include Zambian, Nigerian, Brazilian and Venezuelan bonds; ...
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Why does increased volatility always mean higher call prices?

I understand that apparently implied volatility of a call option increases as the underlying price of the stock deviates further and further from the moving average. That mostly makes sense, because ...
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Short term (3-4 yr) positions, willing to take higher volatility [closed]

for my fiancé’s birthday I would like to open her an investment or savings account with a small amount of capital (~$500/1000) to be used as a short term investment account. The goal would be to reach ...
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Why did SPVXSPIT drop 95% in February?

In February 2018, SPVXSPIT (S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Inverse Daily Index) seems to have dropped about 95%, but after much googling, there does not seem to be any discussion about this. The ...
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Where can I find Bitcoin Misery Index?

There has been a lot written about Bitcoin Misery Index: The index is called the Bitcoin Misery Index (BMI) and was designed as a trading tool for investors to take advantage of volatility in BTC ...
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Why do large price stocks have larger price fluctuations?

Amazon stock can handily have 40 dollar intraday price fluctuations, but if that happened to Snap or Fitbit, those stocks would go bankrupt. Is there a fundamental reason why price fluctuation sizes ...
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Do stock prices go up and down by percentage or by dollar?

I am studying the term volatility drag. The common example is that I invest $1000 in a company stock. Say, the stock goes down 50% and than goes up 50%. This would result in $250 loss. I would only ...
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Do Stop Loss orders make sense even though they increase volatility?

If most people add Stop Loss orders to their portfolios, then when the market "corrects", then all these SL triggers will fire, but there won't be enough buyers, so prices will fall further, and ...
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Volatility indicator

Is there an indicator for the volatility of a stock? When I say indicator I mean like P/E ration, book value etc. If yes, where can I find it? I follow yahoo finance by the way.
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When using the VIX index, is it similar to calculating volatility?

Im trying to understand the VIX Index, it gives the implied volatility of the S&P500. Now if I was to calculate the volatility of the S&P500 using standard deviations of the returns over a ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

Passively investing in exchange-traded funds that track some broad index is often recommended for private investors that don't have the time or expertise for active investment. In particular, index ...
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Price of a call at expiration

I have a covered call that is going to expire in 15 minutes. It's $1.30 in the money. I'd expect with no time value left, the price to equal the intrinsic value ($1.30). However, it's still valued at $...
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How to continuously plot futures data

Since futures trade on a contract by contract basis, how can you plot the price over an extended period of time? As a reference I have included a plot of VX futures (VIX CBOE volatility index) from ...
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What's overnight volatility?

https://www.ig.com/uk/view-ig/2016/09/20/the-central-bank-fest-ramps-up-34452 In the FX market, USD/JPY is the pair to watch through Asia today, with the options market showing implied overnight ...
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How do I calculate drift from a series of stock prices?

Say I have stock prices 100 120 140 160 180 200 210 .... X every day for a year. How do I calculate drift and volatility? I am trying to find some formulas online, but I am confused by terms ...
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What is Risk Parity?

Just heard this term used on TV. It seemed to be referring to some sort of automation. How does risk parity stabilize/flatten the markets?
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In option pricing formulas, is the volatility and short rate a decimal or a percentage?

In the BS option pricing formula, when entering values for volatility and short rate, do we enter them as percentages or decimals? Take the time unit to be a year, i.e. if we want to price something ...
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How to deal with activist targeting of individual stocks?

My portfolio contains stocks in specific American companies which I bought when I figured their stock was underpriced. Now there are public attacks against some of these individual companies that ...
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What are some signs that the stock market might crash? [closed]

I have about one year of experience as an investor and my goal is to aggressively grow my portfolio over the next 40 years for retirement. I have had good success achieving my goal over the last year ...
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What does “half weighted” mean in this context?

The flip side of a strong dollar is weakness in other currencies. The U.S. dollar index is about half weighted in the Euro, and that unit broke down to multiyear lows. However, the Euro has been ...
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How to read options prices

I have been doing research on Options and thus far most of it has been relatively theoretical (mainly pricing models and put/call hedging strategies). Recently I have been looking into actually ...
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What happens to all of the options when they expire?

Most option traders don't want to actually buy or sell the underlying stock. They just use options as a trading vehicle perhaps making money on the time decay, on changes to volatility, etc. My ...
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How is options implied volatility for a stock determined?

For any given stock in Interactive Broker's TWS (and I bet with any other broker), there is an option's historical volatility and an option's implied volatility. I know the historical volatility is ...
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Implied or historical volatility to calculate theoretical options price with black scholes?

According to the black scholes model, volatility is one of the variables to calculate the fair price of an option. However, it doesn't specify which volatility should I use. Should I take the ...
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Where to find detailed information about stock?

The typical information about stock is historical prices, volatility and similar metrics that can be easily found. However, where can one found reliable information about the number of issued stock, ...
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Finding Uncorrelated Assets

I own a particular security. How can I find another security, which has uncorrelated or negatively correlated (anti correlated) returns with the one I already own? I would like both securities to ...
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Dealing with event driven market volatility

As a bit of background information, I'm a Canadian novice investor. I've dealt mostly in stocks and have done pretty well in the past year (+25%). I'm concerned about market volatility once the US ...
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VIX and XIV moved in same direction?

Both VIX (S&P 500 volatility index) and XIV (the inverse) decreased price today. Aren't they supposed to have the exact opposite percentage gain/loss intra-day?
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Why do volatility stocks/ETFs (TVIX, VXX, UVXY) trend down in the long-term?

I've noticed that stocks/ETFs that measure volatility (TVIX, VXX, UVXY, XVZ) are all trending down massively (eg VXX going from $7000/share on 3/09 and on 6/16 it is around $16/share) in the long-term ...
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How to explain quick price changes early in the morning

I don't have much experience trading and wonder why there was a large change just when the market opened. I daytraded my portfolio and started only recently. As expected, in the morning when the ...
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Accepting high volatility for high long-term returns

According to modern portfolio theory investors can pick a trade-off between expected returns and volatility along a certain curve. If someone is investing for the very long term (decades until ...
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Does the FFT of a price series hold any significance?

I'm just wondering whether spectral/frequency information (by means of a Fast Fourier Transform) about a stock's price series holds any significance in investment? My expectation is that it would ...
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Why are profit/loss constantly adjusted in futures contracts if the goal is to protect against volatility?

In this article: http://www.investopedia.com/university/futures/futures2.asp?header_alt=g In the chapter "Profit and Losses-Cash Settlement", the author describes that profit and loss are governed by ...
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why do energy stocks trade at lower prices compared to other sectors?

In researching some additional stocks I want to acquire, I've noticed many energy stocks trade at lower prices and exhibit a large amount of volatility. Why is that despite the fact energy is a basic ...
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Zero volatility stocks in intraday trading in India

I am an intraday trader in India. Out of 150 stocks which are permitted for intraday trading on NSE or BSE I would like to know of a way to find out which stocks have close to zero volatility. My ...
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Trading intraday fluctuation vs. volatility-based option

Recently a question was asked about actively trading stocks based on small fluctuations in price. It seems like if you wanted to do the strategy described here, you might as well buy an option like a ...
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What indicators should I look for when investing in various stocks or funds?

Say I want to manage my own portfolio of stocks or funds, which key indicators should I primarily look for? To me there are few, although I'm not sure they are the most relevant: Sharpe ratio ...
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Getting correlation from regression slope (Completely stumped)

This question is from a book (Active Portfolio Management), but unfortunately there are no provided solutions. "Assume that residual returns are uncorrelated across stocks. Stock A has a beta of 1.15,...
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Why can I see/trade VIX but not S&P/TSX 60 VIX?

I am using Questrade and if I do a look up for VIX.IN, I find it: However, I can't find S&P/TSX 60 VIX: Why is this? I can see that it is being traded...
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How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015?

I am looking at this stock BKCC and was shocked at one point at its price of only $0.97. Just within 1 hour of opening, BKCC traded between $0.97 and $9.5. How can this be so, particularly when it is ...
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Hong Kong Dollar Options

I would like to bet on a de-pegging of the Hong Kong Dollar from the USD. Even though the volatility is perfect for an options trade, it seems hard to find any for the retail investor. Is anyone aware ...
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Stock market - Searching for rate of change

Suffice to say, most investors/traders have their own personal strategy and I would think it is reasonable to assume that each strategy has an ideal rate of change. For the sake of argument, lets ...