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When is Steep Too Steep?

September is adding up to be a very tame month much to the dismay of all the doomsday predictors.  The result has been a steady fall in the VIX and a slightly delayed fall in the front part of the VIX futures curve.  What does not seem to fade is the longer term bet that volatility is going to be very high in the future….

The front part of the curve has fallen, but why so sticky February out?

October futures are trading near 24% while the March 2011 futures are trading over 31%.  What ever happened to the buy in January rule?  If you are scared about a flare-up in risk, then you can buy the front part of the curve and sell the back part of the curve (use options on the VIX futures to make smaller trades).  If you want to make the directional trade alone, then selling calls on the March futures seems attractive.

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