‘Something Far More Convex’

Hopefully, most readers can recite some version of the flat skew narrative from memory by now. God knows I've been over it enough. Demand for downside's negligible in an incorrigible tape that steadfastly refuses to sustain even the shallowest of pullbacks. At the same time, the vol supply overhang's nothing short of tyrannical. The result: Pancaked skew and "a one-way equities index vol destruction event," as Nomura's Charlie McElligott put it last week, describing the vicious mean reversion

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9 thoughts on “‘Something Far More Convex’

    1. Not sure how that’s bearish if that’s what you meant. Presumably Nvidia knew that promising to deliver a bigger, better version of their flagship chip would prompt some customers to wait on it.

      1. Yep. The idea that some buyers will hold back orders and wit for the newer chips has widely been talked about. One the one hand, that probably will be used as an excuse for any revenue shortfall.

        On the other hand, the AWS story might raise questions about the notion that the demand is so insatiable that buyers will grab anything they can lay their hands on.

        In that regard, I found this story out of China more of a head-scratcher:

      2. It’s bearish for near term earnings. And it may also be for longer term earnings if this excuse turns into a “demand for AI cloud services has not translated into a need to purchase the newer chips” scenario. May not end up being anything but it is definitely not positive for Nvidia.

        1. It was an easy call. If they were going to miss, they’d have said something. A miss would’ve likely resulted in the biggest single-session wipeout (in market cap terms) in the history of the US equity market — and probably by a country mile. They weren’t just going to stroll into something like that without giving everybody a heads up, even if it was just a subtle hint. There was no such messaging in the lead-up. They were clearly going to at least meet expectations/match consensus.

          My reservations (i.e., why I wouldn’t have bought ahead of earnings) were around a “sell the news” dynamic. This bar is so high every quarter that even great results could conceivably be sold into. That didn’t happen here, but it could’ve.

          1. I had a 1 by 2 Put spread on NVDA in place, just in case… zero cost so it’ll likely end as a stab in the water…

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