Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Bel Fuse Inc Implied Price Swing Hits A Reduced Level

Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) Risk Hits A Reduced Level

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) risk is actually priced pretty low by the option market as of right now. We'll detail it below -- but that's the lede -- the option market is reflecting a sort of risk malaise, for now, an IV30 of 34.11% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 10.01%. The annual high for Bel Fuse Inc IV30 is 129.89% -- and we're below that level. The alert here is low vol.

One thing to note beyond the risk malaise alert, which we cover in the article, is that while implied volatility may be low, the real question that needs to be answered for option sellers is not if the impled vol is low, but rather if the realized volatility that is coming in the next 30 days will be lower than the option market is pricing.

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This is a proprietary risk rating and risk alert system that looks forward for the next month -- or really 30 days to be exact -- and that includes weekends. The system is based on multiple interactions of data points, many of which come directly from the option market for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (

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But first, let's turn back to BELFB and the company's risk rating:

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Technology ETF (XLK), our broad based proxy for BELFB.

S&P 500 IV30     10.01%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     11.12%
XLK IV30     11.01%

BELFB HV 30     45.58%
BELFB Current IV30     34.11%
52 Week Low IV30     22.44%
52 Week High IV30     129.89%

The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a reduced level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($21.90, $25.70) within the next 30 calendar days.

While the option market risk rating is on the low side, we note that companies in this situation are still susceptible to sudden stock move risk, it's simply the probability of that large stock move is depressed. Buyers of options and volatility may find these prices more attractive than at other times.

The IV30® is the risk reflected by the option market in the stock price for the next 30 calendar days -- it's forward looking. Bel Fuse Inc shows an IV30 of 34.1%, which is a reduced level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for BELFB has shown an IV30 annual low of 22.4% and an annual high of 129.9%, meaning that BELFB is at the 11% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

Current IV30    
Low IV30    
High IV30   
34.1% 22.4% 129.9%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is significantly tighter in the next 30 calendar days for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) than it has been on average for the year.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 45.58%.

We have a situation now where the IV30 is substantially depressed relative to the past resulting in a risk pricing of less stock movement in the next 30-days than the stock has see in the last 30-days. Let's turn to a chart to see what's going on.
Note how much lower the forward looking stock swing price risk for Bel Fuse Inc is priced (34.1%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (45.6%).

Bel Fuse Inc Risk Rating
The BELFB risk rating is at 2.5, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 2.5 rating are:

The IV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The HV30 is above the annual average.
The IV30 is below the HV30.
The stock has moved -23.0% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.