I had never heard of the VVIX index (the volatility of the stock market's volatility "volatility of VIX") until a week back when Bill Luby from the always insightful 'VIX and More Blog' posted about the recent gap seen between the historical volatility "HV" of the VIX (i.e. the trailing volatility of the VIX index) and the implied volatility "IV" (i.e. what was currently priced in as the forward expected volatility of the VIX index).
Much to my surprise the current 20-day HV is 144, while the current IV is only 98. In other words, the markets expect the VIX to be considerably less volatile in the month ahead than it has been over the course of the last month.
- Volatility is a measure of change in percent terms
- A change from a low starting value is a much higher percentage change than an equivalent unit change from a high starting value (i.e. a 2 point change from 10 is a 20% move... a 2 point change from 80 is a 2.5% move)
- When the VIX and the implied volatility of the VIX are low, buy options on the VIX (i.e. calls / puts)
- When the VIX is high and implied vol on the VIX is high, sell calls on the VIX