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IV Overstatement vs. IV Drop

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Implied volatility overstatement and implied volatility drop can be esoteric concepts to understand, so today we are going to compare the two to concepts that we can understand: risk and return.

IV overstatement is best used as a measure of risk for your position. The higher the IV, the lower the overstatement, the higher the risk, and vice versa.

IV drop is best used as a measure of reward. The higher the IV, the larger the drop in IV, the higher the P/L historically, and vice versa.

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