Episode 9 of 'Saxo Options Talk': demystifying volatility in options trading Episode 9 of 'Saxo Options Talk': demystifying volatility in options trading Episode 9 of 'Saxo Options Talk': demystifying volatility in options trading

Episode 9 of 'Saxo Options Talk': demystifying volatility in options trading

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Koen Hoorelbeke

Options Strategist

Summary:  In Episode 9 of 'Saxo Options Talk,' Koen Hoorelbeke and Peter Siks tackle the intricate topic of volatility, a key concept in the realm of options trading, aiming to clarify its significance and application for traders at all levels.

Options are complex, high-risk products and require knowledge, investment experience and, in many applications, high risk acceptance. We recommend that before you invest in options, you inform yourself well about the operation and risks.

Introducing Episode 9 - Demystifying Volatility in Options Trading

Dive into the ninth episode of 'Saxo Options Talk,' aptly titled "Demystifying Volatility in Options Trading." Koen and Peter shed light on the elusive subject of market volatility, from the basics to its profound effects on options pricing and strategy.

Volatility Unveiled

Volatility is the heartbeat of the market, influencing every tick. This episode demystifies what volatility really means, distinguishing between low and high volatility stocks with real-world examples and explaining the importance of the volatility number itself.

Core Aspects of Volatility

  • Two Faces of Volatility: The conversation navigates through the nuances of historical/realised and implied/expected volatility, detailing their roles in option valuation.
  • Vega and Option Pricing: Vega, a lesser-known 'Greek,' steps into the spotlight, revealing its critical function in the pricing of options under volatile conditions.

Decoding Volatility Metrics

  • The Scale of Volatility: Understand the relativity of volatility numbers across different underlyings and what the average value of the VIX tells us about market sentiment.
  • Cross-Market Volatility: Compare how volatility manifests across various asset classes, providing a broadened perspective on market dynamics.

Implications of Volatility

  • Volatility's Market Behavior: Explore volatility's mean-reverting nature and its inverse correlation with market trends.
  • Strategic Impacts: Assess how volatility affects option strategies, particularly the significance of time to maturity and strike levels.

Historical Perspective and Strategy Adaptation

  • Lessons from History: Reflect on how events like Black Monday have shaped our understanding of volatility, especially in the formation of the 'volatility smile.'
  • Tailoring Strategies to Volatility: Conclude with a discussion on choosing the right options strategies for different volatility environments and the critical timing of these decisions.

Who Should Listen?

Whether you’re a novice curious about the term 'VIX' or a seasoned trader refining your strategies, Episode 9 is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to grasp the concept of volatility and use it to their advantage.

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Your questions, our answers

We're eager to hear from you! Send your options-related questions to optionquestions@saxobank.com. Selected questions will be addressed in future episodes, providing customized advice and insights.


"Demystifying Volatility in Options Trading" provides the clarity needed to navigate and leverage volatility in your trading strategies. Koen and Peter's expert commentary will equip you to face the ebb and flow of the markets with newfound confidence. Tune in, gain valuable knowledge, and become a more adept trader with 'Saxo Options Talk.'

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