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Monday, April 14, 2014


1) Every quarter, Matthew Boesler at Business Insider polls analysts, economists, and portfolio managers for their picks of the most important charts in the world. Here’s the most recent update, and here is my contribution. The whole series is a great resource. 2) If you listen to podcasts and are a reader here, chances are you’re probably already a fan of Volatility Views, one of the many excellent offerings from The Options Insider network. If you aren’t…

CBOE Hosts the 30th Annual Risk Management Conference

Thursday, March 6, 2014


The Chicago Board Options Exchange is holding its 30th annual Risk Management Conference this month in Bonita Springs, Florida, from March 17-19. This is one of the top events of the year for the options industry, and the conference has developed a reputation since its inception for high-quality speakers and panels. The CBOE provides this description of the event: “RMC is an educational forum dedicated to exploring the latest products, trading strategies and tactics used to manage risk exposure…

One of these things took years to write

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


A full calendar around graduation means I haven’t had time to update the blog with the usual, but in lieu of research I thought I’d do a small dump here of some open browser tabs, in case you find some of these useful, too: Nemo’s Bond Crash Course – One of my resolutions for 2013 was to understand fixed income better. His recent bitcoin explainer reminded me of this bond intro. Also: @groditi, David Schawel Goldman: AUD/USD

Volatility World Tour

Thursday, January 3, 2013


As we noted earlier today, some of the most interesting opportunities for volatility traders these days are outside of the U.S. On January 10th, I’m giving a talk in partnership with TheStreet on where the volatility is right now in world equity markets and what investors can expect for the next year. In this “Volatility World Tour,” we’ll talk about Japan, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, and of course the U.S. and China. The presentation is free but you’ll…


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Before we get into 2013, I want to thank some of the people to whom I’m grateful for having made this one of those up-and-to-the-right kinds of years: Bill Luby and Mark Sebastian have made Expiring Monthly something I’m really proud to be a part of. I think we’ve each done some of our best work in those pages. Jill Malandrino and the contributors and staff at Options Profits: TheStreet is moving in a good direction these days and their…

ETF Trend Options Now Available

Monday, April 16, 2012


In a previous post (“Combining Trend Following and Option Selling Strategies“), I explained the appeal of marrying two seemingly opposed approaches to the market within one strategy, which we’re calling ETF Trend Options. The out of sample results have been excellent so far, with a 25% annualized return since inception versus a gain of 9% in the S&P 500.  I’m excited to announce today that ETF Trend Options is now available by subscription. Here are key things…

November Interview at Expiring Monthly

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


My Expiring Monthly colleague, Mark Sebastian, interviewed me for the November issue. We discuss what got me interested in options in the first place, the rationale behind this blog and the newsletters that grew out of it, and some of the mechanics of the VXH strategy. The interview is available as a free download here. The December issue will be published shortly and includes some more thoughts from me on tactical allocation to volatility hedges.

15% Discount for the VIX Portfolio Hedging (VXH) Strategy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


We’ve never offered a discount before on the VIX Portfolio Hedging (VXH) Strategy, and the coupon code at the end of this post is only valid through the end of the week. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I know that the cost of hedging downside risk is relatively cheap here, and that some investors have taken an “all clear” attitude prematurely. If your portfolio didn’t weather the storms of August and September easily, you…

Missing Email Bleg

Sunday, September 25, 2011


If you emailed us recently about a research proposal and haven’t heard back, that’s because someone (me, for example) accidentally deleted the message in such a way that it wasn’t recoverable from our automatic backups. So, please try again. You can reach me directly at jared at condoroptions dot com.


Jared Woodard specializes in trading volatility as an asset class. With over a decade of experience trading options and other volatility products ... Read More


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