Since home prices turned up in 2012 the California markets (i.e. LAX, SDG and SFR indices) have consistently outperformed the CUS-10 index.
The graph (to the right) shows year-on-year percent changes in the CUS-index (in black) along with those for LAX, SDG and SFR. It has been a near truism … Read More
The CME Case Shiller home price index futures expire four times per year (Feb, May, Aug and Nov) settling on the index values released on the last Tuesday in month of expiration (so Nov. 28 this month). While longer-dated futures prices can be influenced by many things (e.g. order imbalance, … Read More
Much has been written elsewhere on the possible impact of a Trump Presidency on home prices. There are macro issues (e.g. mortgage rates and the fate of the GSEs) as well as possible relative value regional issues (e.g. who will benefit from increased spending on infrastructure vs. who will be … Read More
For the last two months, I’ve been writing about how quotes in longer expirations have been coming down, both on an absolute basis, as well as against front contracts. No contract reflects that trend better than SFR. In addition, I find that when you get changes in sentiment, trading volume … Read More
I’ve been puzzled by both the lack of trading in longer-expiration contracts and the evolving level of forward prices. The longer expiration futures allow hedges to be put in place for years -more typical of the holding period of a home – yet most trading is in the front contract. … Read More
The combination of three events (the end of summer, my decision to switch benchmark to Nov ’18 expirations, and the recent sell-off in the stock market) prompted me to re-think how to show summary information to anyone potentially interested in the CME Case Shiller home price index futures. This is … Read More
With the August 2016 contract expiring next week (trading stops 3 PM New York on Monday, valuation as of Tues Case Shiller #’s 9:15) it may be useful to recap the (quarterly) expiration process.
The table below has the Case Shiller index history for 3 months (June, July, and August … Read More
My last blog talked about which contract expirations get most of the (limited) trading. This one shows (see table below) where the tightest bid/ask spreads are (today). That’s important as the markets with the narrowest bid/ask spreads tend to be the ones with the greatest likelihood of a trade. After … Read More
In preparing to write an upcoming blog on “trading in expiring contracts” I first wanted to check to see whether my intuition that trading volume was concentrated in the front contract, was borne out by the numbers. While there is probably a more comprehensive database at the CME of all … Read More
Here’s my long overdue template for option quotes. I wanted to get this done for the month-end report AND to inquiries I’ve had for HCI (CUS 10-city index), LAX and NYM contracts. (I figured that I’d toss in numbers for CHI to show all four regions where one can post … Read More