William J. Trainor Jr.
William Trainor earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Virginia Tech in 1994 and has been with ETSU since 2006 as a Professor of Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder and Fulbright Scholar. He currently serves on the Board of the CFA East Tennessee Society, where he is Chair of University Relations. Since 2017, he has been a member of ARGI Financial’s Investment Board and member of the Tactical subcommittee. In November of 2018, a fund with the ticker SWAN was introduced by the NYSE based partially on his research with two co-authors in ameliorating downside risk garnering more than $900 million. He has published approximately 60 articles in the financial field. Outside of finance, he is an avid distance runner with a couple of Tennessee age group records. He also likes to bike (pedal and motor), rock climb, and play the piano.
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This paper examines the CBOE VIX, the VIX options’ implied volatility and the smirks associated with these options.