How To Play Market Volatility With ETFs

Volatility has roared especially after trade war tensions took an ugly turn, sending the broad markets into a tailspin once again. China plans to impose new tariffs in the range of 5%-10% on $75 billion worth of imported goods from the United States in two stages — on Sep 1 and Dec 15. The move came in retaliation to the earlier proposed 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion of Chinese goods by President Donald Trump to be imposed on Sep 1.

In a counterattack, Trump raised tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods. Existing 25% tariffs on $250 billion goods will increase to 30% effective Oct 1 and the planned 10% tariffs on a further $300 billion in Chinese goods will be raised to 15% on Sep 1 and then Dec 15. Trump also ordered U.S. companies to look at alternative ways to make their products in the United States and close operations in China.

As a result, the volatility level represented by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) spiked about 19% in the last trading session, suggesting that market worries have started to set in. This fear gauge tends to outperform when markets are declining or fear-levels pertaining to the future are high.

Investors could definitely benefit from this trend. While they cannot directly buy this index, there are several ETF/ETN options available in the market that can provide some exposure to volatility. These products have proven to be short-time winners in turbulent times. Below, we have highlighted short-term volatility products that will steadily move higher as long as trade concerns linger:

Simple Volatility ETFs

iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX - Free Report)

This is a popular option providing exposure to volatility that sees a truly impressive average volume of about 25.6 million shares a day. The note has amassed $896.4 million in AUM and charges 89 bps in fees per year. The ETN focuses on the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index, which reflects implied volatility in the S&P 500 Index at various points along the volatility forward curve. It provides investors with exposure to a daily rolling long position in the first and second months of VIX futures contracts.

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