The Spread: Options Discovery Episode 5; Complete Interview: Bob Whaley; How price volatility impacts the value of options

Options Discovery Episode 5: Alex Explains Options Volatility; interview with VIX developer Bob Whaley

In episode 5 of Options Discovery, Alex Teng discusses options volatility, beginning with the basics of what is volatility? He talks about how to calculate historical volatility with a set period of historical data using excel or a spreadsheet calculator. He also explains the relationship between historical volatility and implied volatility, and interviews Professor Bob Whaley, who is the director of financial markets research at Vanderbilt University. Whaley is also well known for his work developing some of the most widely used volatility indexes, such as the CBOE VIX and the VXN.

Complete Interview: Bob Whaley Discusses Options Volatility and Volatility Indexes With JLN’s Alex Teng

In this exclusive interview for JLN, Alex Teng sits down with Robert Whaley, a professor and the head of market research at Vanderbilt University, to discuss options volatility and Whaley’s work creating some of the most important volatility indexes in the industry.

Whaley, sometimes called the Father of the Fear Index, spoke about combining an academic career with a career in the trading industry. He worked with a number of industry players in the early 1990s after the October 1987 crash, when index put options on Cboe sold for enormous premiums and so became incredibly volatile. He worked intensively with the exchange’s options data and ended up being approached by the Cboe’s president to develop something more formal around implied volatilities. They gave him a retainer to design an index for them, and he spent four months there developing the VIX index, sometimes called the Fear Index.

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I have a love/hate relationship with Chuck Mackie. I love him because he is a great guy, good citizen and cheerful practitioner of solving the world’s problems with market based solutions. I hate him because he really knows how to make me work, and work hard. Don’t worry, there are others on this list too (Hello Barbara).

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Today John Lothian News is kicking off a new segment of The Spread called Options Discovery, hosted by Alex Teng.  In this series viewers will learn the ins and outs of options along with Alex. He will take viewers through a wide variety of topics in the options industry, aided by interviews with experts and his own research.

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