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Low VIX Masks Insurance Markup Options Traders Are Paying; 42% Rise for the SMLC Sentiment-Based Index That Analyzes Twitter Traffic; Finding Volatility in the US Markets Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Low VIX Masks Insurance Markup Options Traders Are Paying Cecile Vennucci – Bloomberg Here’s another sign that beneath the surface of placid stock markets, investors aren’t exactly sound asleep. It’s the persistently high premium traders are paying for equity options, visible in the difference between implied and realized volatility in the S&P 500 Index. The gap, definable as the intangible cost of stock insurance over and above what is accounted for by the market’s swings, has now lingered for 51 trading days. jlne.ws/2lr71d6 ****SD: Volatility = rough play right now. Semi-related retail investor story below about the use…

Twitter’s New Followers — CBOE and Social Market Analytics Team Up for New Sentiment Index Based on Social Media Data Blog,Feature,Mwiki,Options

Can you trade off of Twitter? The Chicago Board Options Exchange and its partner Social Market Analytics (SMA) believe so. The two firms are partnering on a suite of sentiment-based indexes that use tweet data to generate alpha. The first of the suite, the CBOE-SMA Large-Cap Index (SMLC Index), debuted on July 29. The index is simply published by CBOE at this point, but a tradeable contract may be coming. Joe Gits, CEO and co-founder of SMA, has been watching and monitoring Twitter for years. Gits has a background in quantitative analytics, and, soon after Twitter debuted in 2006, Gits…