Trade the Vix via the S&P 500 By Howard Simons | November 1, 2014 Simplicity should be sought in most things. So, ask yourself whether you should trade expected price movements in one market, such as the S&P 500, via an attribute, such as volatility. The yield curve and stock market response By Howard Simons | October 1, 2014 Traders form habits quickly. Understanding these and their effects can better equip us to decipher actual market moves. Nasdaq 100 smiles during market frowns By Howard Simons | August 24, 2014 Volatility wagers have always been a more complicated ordeal than an outright bet on price. Recently, a number of volatility-based products have simplified this process. Eurodollar commitments mean little in a swap world By Howard Simons | September 1, 2014 Although tempting, Commitments of Traders data are better left aside as a directional indicator for the swap-driven Eurodollar futures market.