Volatility levels are widely used by traders when making a decision to enter or exit a position. Understanding the differences between the various metrics of volatility can help gauge option pricing, and can be essential in your efforts to be more consistently profitable in your trading. Implied Volatility Percentile (IVP) or Implied … [Read more...] about Give Yourself a Trading Edge … Use Implied Volatility, IV Percentile, and IV Rank
A calendar spread is a strategy often referred to as a time spread. A calendar is a method which could benefit from the time decay of an option and changes in implied volatility. For the most part a calendar concentrates on the movement of time and volatility more than the movement of the underlying asset. For this reason a calendar … [Read more...] about What is a Calendar Spread?
In February, 2011, CBOE introduced the S & P 500 SKEW Index, as another means for investors to gauge market volatility and the potential risk of a "black swan" type of event. The SKEW Index is an option-based indicator that measures the perceived tail risk of the distribution of S & P 500 returns in the next 30 days. "Tail risk" … [Read more...] about What does the SKEW Index Mean to Options Traders?