When the market seas get choppy, options premiums tend to inflate everywhere you look. Investors get scared and Speculators smell opportunity, both putting a bid under calls and puts as each is willing to pay up for protection and good fortune, respectively.
However, regardless of market direction, options premiums tend to mean revert. In other words, they tend not to stay high for very long before retreating back to some version of average. This creates an opportunity for nimble options traders to profit off of others’ misguided notions.
This being our current backdrop, I’ve identified a nice instrument for fading the current volatility spike.