Nick Griebenow, a Portfolio Manager for Option Strategies was featured in FA-mag.com
This year we have seen a phenomenal resurgence in volatility after years of historically low VIX while the market continued happily upward. While it is common knowledge amongst option traders that when volatility spikes it makes selling shorter duration contracts far more lucrative, digging deeper reveals insight on how to manage duration effectively in a changing volatility environment. It is true that shorter duration contracts typically provide better daily time decay, but that knowledge alone is insufficient to fully structure the best trade for a given situation. When to put the trade on, how far to extend duration initially, and trade management implications are all factors that still need to be addressed.
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