After a review of the Jan. 18-21 market activity and macro news, DoubleLine’s Samuel Lau and Jeff Mayberry explain and explore how to trade volatility, particularly in light of their discussion in the last episode on the futures curve*, which is one way to trade the Volatility Index (VIX) (16:08). In their deep dive, they take a look at the history and methodology of the VIX (commonly referred to as the Fear Gauge) and how the index correlates to performance of S&P 500 Index options, what it means to short or go long volatility, ways to gain exposure to the VIX and how a sudden spike in volatility led to February 2018’s Volmageddon.
In their recap of markets for Jan. 18-21 (2:07), no sector was spared from a sea of red. The U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened (4:21), with the 10-year down and the shorter end of the curve up. Commodities enjoyed a strong week (8:56), including gold. Bitcoin was down. After a fraught weekend of NFL playoffs and food-based headwear, next week’s events (34:57) will include housing price and PCE numbers, an advanced estimate of fourth quarter GDP and a much anticipated Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
*MMM Episode 48: 7% CPI, Pricing in 4 Rate Hikes and a Primer on Commodities Futures
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