Options Tag

Options Based Hedging is at Record Levels

07 Sep, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Markets

Last week, the combined dollar value of hedge positions on the S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Industrial indexes was $121.43 billion, not far from the August 16 peak of $160.02 billion. Last week, large traders (50 or more contracts) bought nearly 5 million put...

Have Option Players Taken the Week Off?

23 Nov, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Markets

For years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, call option volume averaged about 15% of daily NYSE volume. This was a normal level of speculation that investors were used to. Then, as the chart above illustrates, in 2020 call buying just exploded. As of this writing the 5-day...

What Would The Cost Of “Insurance” Be On A Million Dollar Portfolio?

03 Feb, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Markets

Imagine you had a plain vanilla $1 million equity portfolio that was solely invested in the S&P 500 and you were starting to feel a little nervous about stocks because of high valuations or deteriorating earnings estimates. How would you go about protecting yourself if stocks began...