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Volatility Into the Future: Traders Piggyback Software That Links Directly to the Exchange

Traders Magazine, October 2004

Mark Longo

Frequent readers of this column in Traders Magazine know how I enjoy poking fun at the absurd level of competition in the options marketplace - six major financial institutions fighting over table scraps. Still, this creative destruction sometimes produces surprising results. Last month I highlighted the new and improved linkage system among the exchanges. Now come derivatives products aimed at institutional traders. These products are called VIX futures, which give you the power to trade volatility in its purest and most terrifying form.

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