The one thing I was certain would happen over the past 12 months turned out to be the exact opposite.
Last November, the newly elected president was committed to stirring up the typical D.C. drama.
President-elect Donald Trump had a mission to “drain the swamp.”
He promised to be a president who went against the grain of how things were done.
I, along with many others, expected the one thing the markets would experience in his presidency would be wild market swings, also measured as volatility in the stock market.
After one year, we saw the exact opposite.
Volatility, as measured by the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), is at all-time lows.
The stock market has experienced one of the longest runs in history without a 5% correction.
In short, there is a remarkably low amount of volatility in the markets.
And I hope you are taking advantage of that by riding the market rally with options. Let me explain …
Use Volatility to Your Advantage
Options aren’t something most people associate volatility with, but it is the first thing that comes to mind for me.
See, options are a leveraged bet on a stock moving in a certain direction. And many people use options to do just that — place bets.
But you can also strategize with options to use volatility to your advantage.
Let’s start by looking at a chart of the VIX.