During a quick perusal of ETFs today, I noticed some extremely rich volatility being priced into options on the Retailers ETF $XRT – which isn’t entirely surprising given the price action over the past week.
While volatility can certainly continue here, my gut tells me the premiums will fade away soon. Implied volatility is driven by fear and greed, but eventually the marketplace adjusts to the “new normal” and the premiums people will pay for volatility they are now used to will subside. This is where it can be advantageous to put on delta neutral credit spreads. [Read more…]