After hovering around 11-12 since early June, volatility, as seen through the VIX, is finally making it’s way back above 13. Of course, there have been a handful of teasers over the past several weeks so the move today is certainly not definitive, but it’s worth keeping a close eye on. As options sellers, particularly those of us who like to sell options premium on the major market benchmarks like the S&P 500, an implied volatility below 13 just isn’t viable. However, above 13 and we are back in business. Of course, I would prefer to see something in the range of 18-25, even as high as 35, but we will take what we can get at the moment.
As for individual ETFs, FXE looks the most interesting. And of course, Apple (AAPL) continues to look like a good way to sell options premium after its latest earnings.
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