Volatility View 97: Consulting Volatility
Volatility Review: So much for single digit VIX cash in Q1. VIX options call/put nearly 3 to 1 right now, hovering at record size. People still loving VIX upside - size open interest all the easy up to the Feb 60 strike. Current RVX open interest at 2700 contracts, traded 250 lot yesterday, the zealots are out in RVX.
Comment from Jason Ungar - Hi, Mark: I hope you are well. I just heard your (latest, I think) podcast which included a question about the PUTs consistent outperformance of the BXM. I know you wanted to look into this, and I think I may be able to help. While it is tempting to ascribe the differential to the PUTs puts carrying a higher IV than the BXMs calls, there is almost invariably only a 5 point spread between the two option's strikes, and this is too narrow to capture any significant amount of skew. The actual reason for the difference is a bit more complicated and has to do with the indexes' settle