VIX up and down data

How To Ready The VIX? – Weekend Effect And Monday Effect

Do you want to read the VIX? A quick answer is to watch the S&P 500 movement and its options. They have a strong inverse correlation.

However, VIX also exhibits an interesting weekly pattern.

Have you ever noticed that VIX seems to go lower on Fridays (VIX Weekend effect) and jump back higher on Mondays (VIX Monday effect)?

This is not really something new, especially for traders like us who trade VIX options. This has been discussed by other VIX-related blogs such as this one and this one.

The concept makes sense because VIX is calculated with SPX options so the Weekend effect and the Monday effect likely are due to a combination of the following reasons.

  • The market closes down SPX options positions before the weekend (avoid time decay, avoid unexpected news, etc.)
  • The market opens new SPX positions on Monday (to continue the position that was taken off on Friday)
  • Many Weekly and Monthly options expiry occur on Friday

While there are some in-depth analyses or explanations on this topic out there, I was looking for a simpler data visualization to see the relationship between VIX and SPX.

As mentioned earlier, it is known that VIX and SPX have an inverse relationship, but I wanted to see how that plays out with the Weekend effect and the Monday effect.

Since I couldn’t find one, I decided to do a quick analysis myself.

VIX & SPX Data Analysis

Looking at only VIX data, it shows clearly that Monday does indeed have a higher percentage of VIX going up, while Friday has a higher percentage of VIX going down (yellow cells) when compared to the prior day.

Date range: 10 years (8/6/2012 – 8/5/2022)

VIX up and down data

When aligning VIX with SPX data, something really interesting pops up.

Since VIX and SPX have an inverse relationship, (VIX goes up when SPX goes down and vice versa), it makes sense that the majority of the data would fall in the cells of VIX and SPX are “Up & Down” or “Down & Up”.

On the other hand, it’s rarer to see both VIX and SPX are “Up & Up” or “Down & Down” in general.

So it is interesting to see Monday has more “Up & Up” while Friday has more “Down & Down” days (yellow cells) indicating there are Monday and Friday effects.

VIX and SPX going up and down

When expressing these numbers in percentages, we can clearly see the presence of the Weekend effect and the Monday effect on these “Up & Up” or “Down & Down” days.

Vix and SPX “Up & Up” Monday is 16%, and “Down & Down” Friday is 15%, which are both higher than the Total average of 10%.

VIX SPX up and down in percentage

In other words, VIX on Mondays and Fridays tend to move up and down respectively disregarding which way the SPX moves.


Based on this data, if you are shorting VIX options for income generation, it is better to close it on Fridays and open it on Mondays.

If you are opening VIX options for hedging, it’s better to open it on Fridays when VIX is lower and close it on Mondays when VIX tends to be higher.

Of course, the above statements assume the market condition is aligned with those days (Monday or Friday) at the time to execute such trades.

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