Volatility: It's what's for dinner

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The VXX is up 18% in the last 5 days. Will Volatility make a big comeback in 2013?

Overall,  instruments such as the VXX were a sucker's bet in 2012. Savvy investors know that you're not supposed to hold VXX for an extended period of time.

Volatility: Out for Lunch

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Volatility has taken a break, so should you.  Go enjoy your favorite snake.

The VIXY, VIX is taking a break and along with it the iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX) continues to sink to new lows daily.  The question becomes will the VIX and VXX bounce back?  Should we be afraid or just ignore the warning and buy up everything?

Once again cue the VXX

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Fellow Masters we've been through this before, volatility is a new low once again.  Lather, Rinse, then repeat.

Its that time yet again -- the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN (VXX) just hit a fresh new 52-week low.  You know the drill, its time to buy some VXX as a protection should fear and panic enter into the market (again). 

Extremely Bullish Pattern (VXX)


Due to the large decline on Thursday, June 21st in the markets, volatility is likely to spike.  Watch for the VXX breakout! 

Whereas there was excessive fear surrounding the Greek elections, now complacency is much too high with a shaky market.  A spike in volatility, or the VIX, can result when compl

Quiet Week Ahead for the Markets (XIV)


There is so much anticipation about so-called market moving events for the week ahead that the action is sure to be....quiet.  Nothing much will happen next week, but there is a way to profit&

Despite the Greek election this weekend, Fed, and G20 meeting next week the markets may just trade flat and quiet instead.  The bias is still moderately bullish though given last wee


The Greek election is on June 17th, and there is too much fear.  XIV rises as the VIX futures decline, and is a way to position for calming markets. 

The target for XIV just after the election is in the $11 range.  The VIX is too high, and is likely to settle down as European fears ease over the next week.  This wee

Volatility Ready to Spike (VXX, UVXY)


Complacency has built up again, and that means the VIX is ready to spike again.  VXX is a nice short term play.

The VIX has formed a tight bull flag pattern over the last two weeks in April, and a breakout would spike the VIX close to 23.  VXX is one way to play it.  The more aggressive U

Cut and Paste the VXX Action

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Last week the VXX hit a bottom then bounced 6% the next day, today same results.

Holy cut and paste Batman, here we go again with the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) bounces yet again.  Fellow Masters this happened last week and it rebounded 6% the next

The Fear Triangle appears Complete

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The market seemed to forget about Greece last week, but one has to wonder.  Are the constant delays in negotiations just stalling tactics to prepare for a Greek default?

The TVIX chart has formed a triangle.  The measured target of a triangle breakout is $23.35.  This week watch for a potential breakout of the triangle about February 23rd with&n

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Volatility is back and we turn to WallStNation.com for the breakdown.

The trade this week was not Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) hitting $500. It's been the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSE:VXX) and yesterday the fund finished up 5.6%.