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This ETF offers inverse exposure to an index comprised of VIX futures contracts, making it an intriguing tool in certain environments. The VIX is a widely followed indicator of expected equity market volatility, and as such has a tendency to exhibit a strong negative correlation to equity markets. Inverse exposure to the VIX, therefore, can expected to generally move in the same direction as equities--though products such as SVXY can be considerably more volatile. Like most volatility ETPs, SVXY does not offer exposure to the spot VIX; rather, the returns generated by this product will often depend in large part on the slope of the futures curve. When the VIX futures market is in a state of steep contango--as it often has been historically--SVXY may offer exposure to a compelling strategy that can exploit structural inefficiencies. When the VIX market is backwardated, however, the strategy employed by this fund essentially has it flying into the wind, vulnerable to significant return erosion from the roll process. It should also be noted that SVXY maintains a daily reset feature; over multiple holding periods, this product will be impacted by the compounding of returns. SVXY can potentially be a very powerful tool, but is generally appropriate only for more sophisticated investors; those without an understanding of the VIX or futures-based strategies should steer clear. And this ETF doesn't belong in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. The exposure offered by SVXY is generally similar to XIV, a popular product from VelocityShares. It should be noted, however, that the structures of these products differ; SVXY is an ETF, while XIV is an ETN. Both have potential advantages and drawbacks; SVXY avoids the credit risk that is inherent in any ETN, though XIV will not incur tracking error when rolling holdings.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for SVXY on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Inverse Volatility with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 7 other ETFs in the Inverse Volatility ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
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