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Move Over VIX (VXX): A Better Way to Measure Volatility?

by on November 19, 2013 | Updated December 11, 2013

The  S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX, B+) debuted in early 2009 and has been one of the most polarizing funds ever since. Tracking futures on the VIX, which is often dubbed “The Fear Index,” VXX has offered traders hefty volatility and the potential for significant gains (or losses). Trading an average of 13.2 million shares each day, VXX is one of the most traded ETFs in the world. Now, a firm called NationShares believes it has developed a better way for investors to track volatility, and the firm plans to release an ETF that looks to compete with VXX [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty (though nothing compared to recent years), prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of booming markets is watching which ETFs have taken off since last year. Needless to say, some industries have evolved with the changing economic climate, while others have fallen far behind [For ETF industry news, sign up for the free ETFdb Newsletter].
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Most VIX-focused exchange-traded products have tumbled over the course of the last several months, as surprisingly strong equity markets have led to a consistently depressed VIX. The relatively low levels of volatility, coupled with persistent and steep contango in futures markets, have pushed down most of the products in the Volatility ETFdb Category sharply on […]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse […]

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Between the beginning of the second half of 2011 and the middle of December, few exchange-traded products endured a tougher stretch than the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV); the exchange-traded note plummeted last summer as the “fear index” spiked and VIX futures markets entered a rare stage of backwardation. Those two elements–increases […]

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Inverse VIX ETNs: Reviewing All The Options

by on June 23, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

As the lineup of ETFs approaches the 1,450 mark, a growing pool of issuers continue to deliver innovative new products that tap into strategies and asset classes that have never before been accessible through the exchange-traded structure. One relatively new area that has attracted billions of dollars in new assets in recent years is the […]


As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years ongoing innovation has given investors more precise tools for accessing various corners of the stock and bond markets, as well as securities that deliver exposure to previously hard-to-reach asset classes and investment strategies. Many of the exchange-traded products to debut over the last several years utilize […]

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