Waiting To Be SKEWered?

SKEW Goes Pear-Shaped

Back in 1998, at the height of the Russian crisis, the CBOE SKEW Index reached its all time high of 146.88. Previously very high values were seen on the eve of the 1990 recession, and in March 2006 it spiked again when sudden worries about the housing bubble surfaced.

“There are no black swans” they said …

Over the past two years, SKEW has begun to act totally crazy, regularly rising to rarely before seen levels. In late 2014 and again in September this year, moves to around the 140 level have become quite frequent. On Tuesday it broke its Russian crisis all time high, spiking briefly to 148.91.

SKEW spikes to a new all time high on Monday – click to enlarge.

“What the hell is SKEW?” we hear you ask. Here is the explanation from the CBOE, where SKEW lives (or rather, where the options that are used in its calculation live):

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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