Market Research

Stocks   options trading

A put-call ratio equal to dotcom bubble screams sell stocks! Should we listen?

The put/call ratio, a favourite contrarian indicator of options market sentiment is showing the most bullishness in 20 years. Is a big market correction coming or is this time different?

options trading   Sentiment

Wall Street’s 'fear gauge' just threw up a sign of complacency

The VIX index - a measure of implied volatility in the S&P 500 just dropped below 20 in a sign of improved sentiment and arguably complacency given the uncertainty at hand.

ETFs   options trading

Hedge fund repeats CDS trade that netted $2.6 billion in March

Billionaire Bill Ackman the founder of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital has put on another big trade betting against corporate credit markets. What has he done?

FX Options   options trading

Options implied volatility can predict periods of high risk (like a contested election)

Implied volatility – a gauge of market risk – in China’s currency showed extreme risk around the US presidential election. It can be used to make forecasts.

FX Options   options trading

Covered call versus naked call option strategies

Covered and naked call options strategies are a way to express a bearish view using options. We compare the two and explain the objectives and risks