Mark Sebastian is a former member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. He is the founder of, a Chicago-based option education firm, and author of The Option Trader's Hedge Fund. Sebastian is also the managing editor for Expiring Monthly: The Option Traders Journal an all digital, all options magazine. He has a Bachelor's in Science from Villanova University. Expand

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| Jul 25, 2014
| 12:23 PM EDT
Despite the market being down, the day has been dreadfully slow with about the only interesting stock being AM...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 3:46 PM EDT
Desipte the VIX being down by a nice margin today, the VIX futures are actually rallying today. Right now the ...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 1:17 PM EDT
Today's action is basically proof that the entire sell off yesterday was caused by a short squeeze in volatili...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 12:48 PM EDT
Today, the VIX settled at 11.02 as it traded down to a low of 10.59 on the open. This is one of the big danger...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 2:16 PM EDT
While the market is rallying and the VIX is down, the interesting story is the VIX futures where both July and...
| Jul 07, 2014
| 11:09 AM EDT
As a further note to my Big Idea article on Options Profits, I looked at the closing price of straddles on Mon...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM EDT
Today will market the 48th day in row that the market has failed to move 1%. My guess is that we get to at lea...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 3:57 PM EDT
Thus begins the slow season, when volumes are light, 90% of the market will do borderline NOTHING. When stocks...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 12:08 PM EDT
Jim, I think people are still hedging, in fact hedging is, in relative terms, quite expensive. Put buying righ...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:26 AM EDT
In 1985, a 7-year old Mark Sebastian would have looked at a VIX of 8 and thought it completely normal, because...

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