Category Archives: Futures and Options

VXEEM Y-T-D Futures Volume Tops 41,000

Some investors have asked us about managing exposure with products based on volatility indexes in addition to the well- known CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) www.cboe.com/VIX Trading volume in CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (VXEEM) security futures totaled 8,870 contracts during June 2012, and is more than 41,000 year-to-date.  The VXEEM Index tracks the implied […]

TABB – Buy-side is Expanding Use of VIX-related Options

TABB Group recently issued a buy-side trading study, “US Options Trading 2012: Standing Out in the Crowd,” written by Mr. Andy Nybo. For this year’s 39-page study, TABB noted that it spoke with 54 US-based asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms, which as a group, manage an aggregate $2.7 trillion in assets under […]

VIX Futures Volume is Up 67% This Year

Average daily volume for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) rose in the first half of this year to 79,586 (67% higher than the average daily volume in the year 2011).  www.cboe.com/VIX   VIX OPTIONS  Average daily volume for VIX options was 428,220 in the first half of 2012.   NEW FUTURES ON THE […]

Performance of Selected Tradable Volatility Indices: June 2012

The S&P 500 Index rose 4% in June 2012, and VIX dropped 29% from 24.06 (5/31/2012) to 17.08 (6/29/2012). The S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index and the S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures Index dropped 29.05% and 12.24%, respectively. The S&P 500 Dynamic VIX Futures Index, however, managed to stay nearly flat (-0.58%), […]

Is Volatility of Volatility Unusually High?

After reading news reports the past few weeks about the Eurozone crisis, one might get the impression that the volatility of volatility is unusually high.   A key measure of volatility of volatility is the CBOE VIX of VIX Index (ticker VVIX, www.cboe.com/VVIX ) which is designed to measure the expected future volatility of the CBOE Volatility […]

The VIX Term Structure and Launch of SPX Extended Weekly

Investors often are interested in risk management and volatility expectations over different time periods.   Below is an overview of the VIX term structure, and an update on the launch of SPX Extended Weekly options. 1. VIX TERM STRUCTURE The VIX® term structure illustrates, by maturity, expectations of market volatility conveyed by S&P 500 (SPX) stock […]

Reaping Roll Yield from a Quasi Volatility Neutral Strategy

On February 8th, I discussed the use of the inverse VIX ETP (XIV) to collect the roll yield from the VIX futures. When stocks fall and volatility rises, however, such a naked short position drops drastically. From 4/2 to 4/10, XIV dropped from 12.29 to 9.94, and lost 19% of its value (it’s now back […]

Managing Brazilian Volatility with Futures and Options on the VXEWZ Index

Over the next five years, some projections indicate that the annual GDP of Brazil could surpass that of both France and the United Kingdom, and that Brazil could rise to become the fifth largest economy in the world. More investors now are concerned with the issue of managing Brazilian volatility. Today CBOE Holdings announced today […]

The Other Side of VIX

The last three months saw the VIX spot dropped quickly from 30-ish to 10-ish. No wonder XIV, the inverse ETN to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index, was among the top performing ETPs in January. Its return was 30.88% in January 2012 and 14.02% in December 2011. S&P Indices General Disclaimer XIV collects daily […]

VEQTOR & Other Volatility Reduction Indices

Today I’m going to discuss three prepacked investment solutions that seek positive exposure to the equity market with different volatility reduction approaches: S&P 500 Low Volatility Index: uses stock selection and alternative weighting to minimize portfolio volatility without the use of derivatives or active hedge. PowerShares has issued an ETF (ticker SPLV) that tracks this […]

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