Short-Term VIX Drops To Lowest On Record As Volume Collapses

Tyler Durden's picture

CBOE's short-term VIX product (which tracks the implied volatility in stock options for a 9-day maturity) dropped to its lowest since inception this morning at 10.16%. The spread to the more 'usual' maturity VIX index is over 3.3 vols which isthe most inverted on record and thus the most short-term complacent equity investors have been since the lows in 2009. The exuberance of the last few days is equally and oppositely matched by the sheer lack of enthusiasm in volumes. S&P futures volume is 33% below recent averages today and as the chart below shows, it is clear where the volume in this "market" remains.


Short-term VIX drops to its lowest on record - and complacency is at its highest since the lows in 2009


Volume for the entire ramp has been dramatically below average and today's is 33% below average...

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flacon's picture


Say What Again's picture

Did anyone else notice how there was a feeding frenzy up to about to about 13:45 or so, and now its like a ghost town.  Nothing is happening.  It feels like we're in after-hours trading.  This is weird

kliguy38's picture

Algobots are short circuiting fighting each other with cyber swords

flacon's picture

Take a look at that two hour RSI on SPY it's at 80.5! Screaming overbought in the short term! Tuesday should be fun. 

Divided States of America's picture

Yeah fuckin feeding frenzy continues like a group of rabid pirahnas munching on bear carcasses....amazing the bunch of teddies out there being destroyed

The Fed has succeeded in causing inflation but they have tagged the S&P (Salt & Pepper) with the precious metals complex now so as to stave off the hyperinflation effects on the sheeples for as long as possible...but these Federal Reserve idiots dont realize that most people DO NOT participate in stock market gains.

Say What Again's picture

15:13 Update  WARNING to the FED.  A small amount of selling was detected in the ES, TF, & NQ.  Please take appropriate action immediately!

ACP's picture

@Divided They DO realize most people don't participate in stock gains. That's exactly why they're doing it.

X_mloclaM's picture

i think this has merit

also, has everyone been buying XIV?!!!

Headbanger's picture

Fucking A dude!! 

Hit the D-rings now!! Eject! Eject! Eject!!

asteroids's picture

It's just computers. No humans are left. The emotion is gone. That's why the VIX is so low. Nothing but greed, no fear. We know this can't end well.

Say What Again's picture

From an algorithmic point of view, the VIX is just another asset that can be arb'd along with the major indexes and futures, etc.

SAT 800's picture

I just sold short two S&P500 contracts @1838.5 basis Mar. '14. It's a kind of a triple top at this point and looks like a blow off top; today. Buyer's remorse expected next week.

Fight-Club's picture

Anyone reading this without Ad Block in your browser (Chrome, Safari, anything but IE) is contributing to the problem, and being inundated with ads.  Ad revenue generated by online marketing companies is helping to fuel this bubble.

Dr. Engali's picture

It sure feels like we are on a knife's edge, but it's felt like this multiple times in the past few years. Good time to take some profits.

hobopants's picture

I get the feeling that all these assholes are trading on something we don't know (more so than usual). It feels like they are getting shit in place to raise the curtain, but like you said it's been that way off and on for the last 5 years.

Divided States of America's picture

Doc, thats for those who HAVE profits to take....the only take I have had is being constantly taken out to the cleaners.

THis market dont even have a down tick anymore..

SAT 800's picture

No. it's the mass mind. the last 500 sheep just joined the mob.

Headbanger's picture

No...  I feel like I'm caught in one of them really weird Twilight Zone episodes where it can't be real... but it is..

It can;'t be real!! Can it??


101 years and counting's picture

nope.  all bailouts are fed bs are done.  this is the final short squeeze before the big drop.  no one expects it.

SAT 800's picture

Then stop shouting and go short.

fonzannoon's picture

you guys are insane, no offense. if the violence with which that 5% dip got bought does not convince you that this charade is continuing full tilt, nothing will. good luck with those shorts. 

Dr. Engali's picture

They actually believe they will make money on the big short when this thing finally goes tits up. ... Lol.

unrulian's picture

Holding a full house or 3-o-kind, i always check with fake trepidation until the last bet and go all-in...they know what they're doing it's their "market" and they always win; in this case i'll hold my PMs until the game is over

Headbanger's picture

Fonz.. WTF do you mean "no offense" that we;re insane!!??

It took me a long long time to finally reach this point of insanity and I'm damned fucking proud of it!

Do you hear me now!!??

MFLTucson's picture

I see the Wall Street filth is back at it sucking the last few billion out of those too stupid to understand that the economy is in a depression. Participation rate at a 35 year low and stocks at all time highs?

Law97's picture

The shorts have been crushed for several years following volume.  Every pullback has been on high volume only to be followed by a light volume melt-up.  Over and over.  Volume used to be a reliable measure of the conviction of a move, but along with just about every other formerly reliable indicator, it has been thrown out the window since 2009. 

Say What Again's picture

I agree 100% with your comment.  I feel like everything I learned over 20+ years in this business is now useless.  I don't know if I will even remember how to operate in these "markets" once the central bankers stop their manipulation.  Its not just the Fed -- Its the majors -- Fed, China, Japan, Europe.

Thought Processor's picture

The whole market is on autopilot now.  It has been for a while.  I think this is what HFT is really being used for in the big houses.  Once you get to that level of turnover you can control everything that happens in the markets.  So why not.


They will go down only when it serves a larger purpose.  There is a larger game of chess being played here me thinks and the markets are but one pawn (albeit a large one) on the board.

Say What Again's picture

OK, what are the other "pieces" on the the board?  Are you referring to political issues?

NotApplicable's picture

I'm guessing the ever-present CB/Sovereign debt ponzi expansion.

g speed's picture

demographics --peak energy--changing technology ---world wide belief systems--need more??

Thought Processor's picture

Yes to all of the above.   The current economic system can not operate in an environment where energy output is declining.  The whole system would go into a long term deflation of sorts.  

Who would be no. 1 on the list at risk of systemic implosion in a long term deflationary invironment?  Big banks.  

Who controls the economy:  The owners of the big banks. 

Now who had all their liabilities and bad assets extracted from them during the 2008-2009 squeeze?  The big banks.    And who thereafter benefited most with TARP and now legislation?  The big banks.

No. 1 is simply looking out for no. 1.

My guess:  The next thing on the plate will be a manufactured breathtaking event that will overnight have people screaming for a new system to replace the old system.  Where the average person will be begging to have all their funds transferred into MyRA accounts which will be 'safely protected' from the ensuing chaos.

All while the currency it is based on is being trashed.  99% of people have no clue how currencies are being debased and manipulated in here.  

My gut says something will happen with regard to Japan that will act as a trigger.  Then we are off to the races as everything unfolds, perhaps as planned.

Conspiracy theory.  Sure why not.  But at this point the conspiracy theories are making a hell of a lot more sense than what is being publisized.

Besides if you 'owned the joint' and new it was going to blow up, what would you do?

You would protect the real assets you own and then do a controlled demo on everything else.  But it has to be masked- so it turns into a game of three card monte (on a grand scale perhaps).

Watch the hands.  Also watch for evidence of this being destroyed (banker suicides anyone?).

It's all pretty blatent, and increasingly brazen at this point.



Freddie's picture

Dude - just buy the stocks or options of stocks the police state favors.  Anything Elon Musk, Bezos, Google boys, Zuckerberg, Tweeter.  If they contribute to Obama or the Dems then their company will do well and will be "supported."

El Hosel's picture

The Federallies are in charge of the supply and the demand. Apparently its all scripted, even the 7% token corrections to give the bears hope!

NotApplicable's picture

Well, ya know what they say, "Nothing moves in a straight line."

Gotta put some wiggles in it so that it appears life-like.

SAT 800's picture

Wrong. it just needs to be read differently.

swanpoint's picture

Why worry? The Debt Limit has been suspended until March 2015, at which point it'll be suspended until 2115.


The Debt UN-Limit.

X_mloclaM's picture

and there after debt can be issued, so long as the cash was 'spent' before the same date? need to go look up govt definition of spent, cause that's weird how that would work. Why have the provision, however, if it didnt serve a purpose

Cannon Fodder's picture

If there is no volume, doesn't that make the market that much more easy to manipulate with that much less money?

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Yes and it's happening in broad daylight.

Thought Processor's picture


I was thinking the same thing.  All of this is so damn in your face now.  They must have total and absolute control over everything now so why even bother covering it up.



X_mloclaM's picture

also, bear in mind, a 'slow release' is desireable, so no effort to 'cover it up', whatever 'it' is, necessarily becomes more saturated when the game is played well

thismarketisrigged's picture

i do not really have much to add, this shit just keeps getting more ridic day by day.


i will be very satisfied though if when this is all over all bankers and ppl on wall st r fucking prosecuted or have jumped from the highest building around.


the fraud continues

T-NUTZ's picture

what inflation?

Spungo's picture

Yes, relax my pretties. I have a $4000 order to buy the 2x VIX as a 5% trailing stop. That means I buy in when it rises 5% from its lowest point. Can't wait for some panic to hit the markets!

El Hosel's picture

Vengeance and furious anger toward anyone that interferes with todays low volume chop to an all time high on the SPY.