Thanksgiving may be a time of celebration and volatility, according to a market newsletter.
Grant O'Connor, managing director of Bear Traps, analyzed the historical performance of the CBOE volatility index into the Thanksgiving holiday in a note to clients Tuesday:
"Our research shows that markets tend to sell off during weeks in which holidays fall. Getting long volatility has the ability to be a profitable trade. In the last 15 years, if you bought the volatility index — VIX — the day before Thanksgiving and sold it the Monday after, it was higher 14 times. The average return was 8 percent (cash not futures)."