Vol Curve Mangling Continues As March Debt Ceiling "Drop Dead" Day Looms

Tyler Durden's picture

We explicitly noted that the purchase of vol steepeners across the debt-ceiling deadlines was the short-term trade as soon as the ATRA deal was approved. In the brief period since, the VIX term-structure has smashed from its flattest (most inverted) in 2 months to its steepest now in 5 months as hedgers roll out to March and beyond. Of course, all algos know is that they can lever VXX (and other synthetics) in the short-term to ramp equities higher - and sure enough the S&P 500 just hit highs above the highest close since December 2007.


Spot and futures curve steepening...





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fuu's picture

It's like 2007, again.

Gold fixed at 836.50 on 12/31/2007. 1648.00 today.

spastic_colon's picture

<---------- we see ES 1600 before 1250

<---------- vice versa


Optional - we never see 1250 again

Manthong's picture

“March Debt Ceiling "Drop Dead" Day Looms”

Something about that message sounds familiar.

SheepDog-One's picture

'Drop dead day'....wow so dramatic....when in reality what will happen is they'll just remove the ceiling and hike us another tax increase then say 'We saved you ungrateful peasants, again, now get back on those oars and ROW DAMMIT!

TraderTimm's picture

Precisely SheepDog-One.

Which is also why my enthusiasm for "deadlines" and "D-Day" type of dates is waning. They just get to the edge and move the goalposts. Never mind that recently disturbed dirt and earth-mover tracks, just focus on how FAR away the goal is now.

I am completely disgusted by the whole process.

HedgeAccordingly's picture

VIX was in single digits for 10 years in 90s - XLF traded over 17 and now we got JPM approaching multi year highs..


kaiserhoff's picture

Great piece, Tyler.  Could you flesh out the mechanism in some future article?  I know a couple of ways a higher vix might have that effect, but I'd like to know what traders are doing to force it in that direction.

chubbar's picture

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persu's picture

So all you goldbugs....

Where is gold

fuu's picture

Since December 2007? Just about double.

earleflorida's picture

at a great entry point for those whom haven't stacked enough

Banksters's picture

All the variables  stock jockeys talk about- see how to value equities, are meaningless parameters.   If the fed raised interest rates a half a point and ceased QE4eva the market would drop 2000 pts.   



SheepDog-One's picture

Exactly, just HALF a point and we'd see pure market panic and edifice crumbling back to lows. In reality, they've got jack fuck-all except 100% manipulated markets by machines higher and the daily sausage grinder media whore team carrying it all out for them. 

derek_vineyard's picture

but the stock jockeys are banking that the fed won't .... so they ignore the macro and trade micro and hope they can know when to bail (which almost none will)

SmoothCoolSmoke's picture

I do not know how many times I've said, in the past 4 years:"There no way they can keep taking this thing higher".  I'm there again..... I cannot logically think anything but being short is the only choice.  I mean there is no way Obama smashes the DC with an Executive Order and stocks do a FC fix repeat.  No way.....right?


LongSoupLine's picture

Fucking crooks and their fucking algotards ramping the close.

Fuck all of them straight to ass billed prison. Fuckers.

optimator's picture

Please, not just any prison, but Plötzensee Prison.

The Joker's picture

Pound them in the ass prison.

SheepDog-One's picture

'Drop dead day'...YEA RIGHT! What will they do besides another 11th hour emergency session and vote us another 2% tax increase and declare 'We SAVED you!' then they can tack on another +400 to the DOW?

Thats all.

vote_libertarian_party's picture



I just keep looking into the future with the prospect of chuckling everytime somebody will say 'Who could have seen this coming".



SheepDog-One's picture

One of these mornings, they'll all be saying it, 'NO ONE saw this coming! We're all 'OMG-in' up in here! SAVE US somebody SAVE US!!''

I'll be doing far more laughter than just chuckling myself. I'll be speed dialing all the fucktard equity worshippers I know, and there's plenty!

SheepDog-One's picture

HEY guys....only about 7 more trading days at this rate until ALL TIME record market highs are breached! HOORAYS! <:D

Tsar Pointless's picture


Stawks at highest closing level since 2007.

Enjoy the NFL playoffs. Bitchez.

Go Pats!

SheepDog-One's picture

Then, we gots da jobs! Then we said 'YAY!!'

Only 7 trading days from here till all-time record bubble highs are PASSED! And all it took was adding about $30 trillion in new debt! 


surf0766's picture

Dow 20,000 with 75 million on food stamps and 40 million on u-6 unemployment !. Ain't centrally planned marxism great !

W74's picture

And no guns.  Didn't the famine of 1933 happen right after Stalin took guns away from the Ukranians?  Didn't Hitler solidify power after removing guns from everyone not allied to his cause?  It won't be Obama 4.1 years from now folks, it'll be someone far worse.  They're merely setting the stage.

bidaskspread's picture

Let's do the Contango.

Glass Seagull's picture


Hallmark of efficiency, these markets.