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How to Play the Opposite of Conventional Wisdom on Capital Markets

Jim Collins

One of the most frustrating things about the mainstream financial media is the steadfast, seemingly never ending refusal to learn how derivative markets work. Commentators yammer on about the "volatility index" or "the fear gauge," the VIX, without understanding the difference between implied volatility of options contracts and the actual volatility -- or amplitude if you will -- of the underlying securities.