Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Faculty and Staff

Russell Rhoads

Title/s:  Lecturer, Master of Science in Finance Program Director



Russell Rhoads joined Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business in 2016 as an adjunct instructor. His duties were expanded in 2019 when he became a clinical professor of finance.

In addition to his duties at Loyola he is the Director of Research and Consulting for EQDerivatives which is the premier provider of volatility derivatives and alternative risk premia news, research and event content for investors, portfolio managers and service providers. Previously he spent a decade at Cboe Global Markets where he finished his time as Director of Education at Cboe’s Option Institute. Finally, he has been an adjunct instructor at University of Illinois-Chicago, Benedictine University, and Carthage College.

He is a frequent contributor to the financial media appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg, and BBC discussing market events. He has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Barron’s. Both the CFA and CMT certification material included material authored by Russell and he has written several market related books.


  • PhD, Strategic Management, Oklahoma State University, Dissertation Defense Expected 2020
  • MS, Finance, University of Memphis, 1994
  • BBA, Finance, University of Memphis, 1992


Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Co-Chair of FMA Conference on Derivatives and Volatility 2016-2019

Courses Taught

  • FINC 334: Principles of Corporate Finance
  • FINC 335: Investments
  • FINC 336: Introduction to Derivatives
  • FINC 345: Portfolio Management
  • MGMT 448: Ethics in Finance
  • FINC 450: Portfolio Management
  • FINC 662: Derivative Securities

Selected Publications


The VIX Trader’s Handbook – Harriman House, September 2020.

Option Strategies for Advisors and Institutions – Createspace Publishing, July 2017.

Trading Weeklys Options: Strategies for Short-Term Market Moves – Wiley Trading, 2014.

The Warren Buffet Way 3rd Edition Study Guide – Wiley Trading, 2013.

Series 56 Study Guide – The Options Institute – Chicago Board Options Exchange, 2012.

Trading VIX Derivatives: Trading and Hedging Strategies Using VIX Futures, Options, and Exchange Traded Notes – Wiley Trading, 2011.

Option Spread Trading: A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Tactics – Wiley Trading, 2011.

Publications Peer Reviewed Journals:

Adamiec, L., Cernauskas, D., and Rhoads, R. (2019). Optimal Number of Assets for Reduction of Market Risk Through Diversification. International Journal of Economics, Business and Management Research. 3:3 45-54.

Adamiec, L. and Rhoads, R. (2018). Estimating 90-Day Market Volatility with VIX and VXV. Journal of Global Business Management. 14:2 20-33.