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How Trading Volatility Has Changed
Article By: Dr. Stuart Barton
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 8:41 PM EDT
Volatility trading has undergone a lot of changes in the last year or so. Here are some of the most important changes, and how they have affected the market.
In this article: BB, SVXY, TVIX, VXX, VXXB
Understanding The Difference Between Volatility Risk Premium And VIX Futures Premium
Article By: Dr. Stuart Barton
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:03 AM EDT
Understanding volatility products is important before investing, and understanding the difference between Volatility Risk Premium and VIX Futures Premium is key. Here's a straightforward article explaining the difference.
In this article: SVXY, VXX, ZIV, VIX
Why Is The VIX Not Screaming Higher
Article By: Seth Golden
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:38 AM EDT
Many investors are befuddled by the seemingly elevated complacency in the VIX, even as the S&P 500 revisited the October lows.
In this article: VIX, SPX, SVXY, SPY
Is It Time To Sell Volatility Again?
Article By: Gavin McMaster
Friday, November 9, 2018 4:47 AM EDT
The short volatility trade was the trade of 2017, but it blew up spectacularly in February 2018. At the time, we saw the biggest ever one day spike in VIX, with the index shooting up over 100%.
In this article: SVXY Also: XIV(RETIRED), VIX
E 2018 Market Volatility And Volatility Trading Update
Article By: Seth Golden
Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:03 PM EDT
We foresee future bouts of volatility in the coming months that will plunge the VIX below 11% and take it above 22%, even if ever so briefly.


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Just In The Nick Of Time: Fidelity Bans Short Volatility Funds
Joe Black 2/16/2018 12:28:46 PM

They want to kill $XIV and $SVXY due to the higher returns paid since they started vs the crumbs you get using other products.

New York Times Takes Aim At The Volatility Trade And Trading Crowd
Patrick Schlimme 9/5/2017 2:53:31 PM

Hi Seth, I am glad I found your valuable insights (after reading the NYT article) on trading short vol. I have a very similar approach (taking advantage of spikes in the VIX) and found your strategy underpinning mine. Shorting the $UVXY has made me quite some money (in fact it was the biggest money maker in my portfolio). However, I have switched to the $SVXY because it lets me sleep better: being long I cannot lose more than I invested and I don't have the problem that my broker wants the borrowed shares back (this has happened to me twice). Thanks! Will follow you here and on Twitter.

VIX-Leveraged ETPs And The 5% Contango Rule
Bill Bishop 5/1/2017 5:58:27 PM

Okay but the phrase "like instruments" may be confusing to some. I wanted to be clear that even instruments appearing to be opposites, or at least on opposite sides such as $VXX and $XIV, $UVXY and $SVXY, $ZIV and $VXZ etc. all declined in 2015.

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