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CBOE releases new option data site

Last week, the CBOE announced the launch of its new dedicated paid option data site titled the CBOE Livevol Data Shop. The new site is quite user friendly and allows one to customize their data package based on their needs. For example, a customer could purchase daily end-of-day option data including all of the greeks for not just all stocks, but instead just a select few. The prices reflect your preferences and can cost as little as $6 per month per underlying.

New Webinar Announced: Is it 2008 All Over Again?

A new webinar, titled Is it 2008 All Over Again? was recently announced in the most recent issue of The Option Strategist Newsletter. The webinar will analyze the similarities between the 2007-2008 and the 2015-2016 markets and explore strategies to benfit from the possible upcomoing scenerios. The webinar will be on March 7th and registration opens today.

$VIX Weekly Futures Begin Trading

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The CBOE has listed $VIX weekly futures – their third attempt at a weekly volatility product that might compete with VXX weekly options.  Trading began on July 23rd.  

It is estimated that options on the new $VIX weekly futures will begin trading in three or four weeks, although that isn’t set in stone.  Certain details have to worked out with the OCC, such a margin requirements.  Typically, in the past, those things have taken three or four weeks.

New Volatility ETFs: VXUP & VXDN

By Lawrence G. McMillan

There has been a rather large amount of hoopla about two new companion ETF’s that are designed to track the cash levels of $VIX – the CBOE’s Volatility Index.  There have been articles on Bloomberg, Seeking Alpha, Barron’s, and Yahoo! Finance, not to mention the web sites of the principal’s involved: NASDAQ and Accushares.

New $VIX Products: Weekly $VIX Futures and Options - Realized Volatility Options

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The Striking Price column in Barron’s (May 4, 2015) discussed the fact that there are going to be weekly listed $VIX futures and $VIX options.  

Option Workbench 4.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Option Workbench 4.1. This release contains some exciting new data that will help you to create more flexible filters. Using the new volume and Put/Call Ratio fields in the Option Profiles will assist you in finding even better trading opportunities.

Other new features include:

VQT (Dynamic) vs. VQTS (Switch)

By Lawrence G. McMillan

These are two Exchange Traded Notes (ETN’s) that attempt to hedge a long “stock market” portfolio by using a long volatility component.  We have written about VQT before (Volume 21, No. 4), and I often talk about it in my seminars and webinars that discuss volatility trading.  

New McMillan Webinar Series Coming Soon

We're proud to announce the latest installment of Lawrence G. McMillan's Intensive Option Webinar series titled "The Secrets Behind McMillan's Trading Systems." This series of 6 webinars will cover each of the major systems we monitor that have been succesffully calling market turns for years. Topics include:

The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 23, No. 23 Preview

This year, Christmas falls on the 4th Thursday, and the stock market will be open for a half day on Friday, December 26th.  We will publish our next issue sometime in the morning of Friday, December 26th. 

We are planning a new series of six seminars, one each on the major systems that we use to trade the markets.  Each of these had a major profit with buy signals near the October lows, and all have long-term successful track records.  Stay tuned for schedules, pricing, and subscription information.

Introducing Option Workbench 4.0 - Free Trial Available

The latest release of Option Workbench has a new look and feel and contains a ton of new features including earnings data, position editor enhancements, position creation, position management and a portfolio monitor. A one month free trial is now available by clicking here and using Coupon Code: FreeOWB.

Read the release notes below for a  more detailed explanation and watch the video.

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