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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and volatility, a number of others managed to post stellar gains, even topping the S&P 500′s impressive +28% return for the year [see The Worst Performing ETFs of 2013]. [click to continue…]

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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 volatility space; there are now 18 ETPs in the Volatility ETFdb Category with aggregate assets of nearly $2.5 billion. [click to continue…]


Nick Cherney, CFA is the CIO and co-founder of VelocityShares LLC, the index company behind many of the exchange-traded products that offer exposure to volatility. Nick recently took time out of his schedule to discuss the nuances of futures-based VIX investing and the potential appeal of this asset class:

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Innovation not only in the ETF space but throughout the financial industry has opened up new opportunities in recent years, allowing investors to access asset classes and strategies that had previously been out of reach. One example of such a phenomenon is the volatility space, which has been transformed from a hypothetical but widely-followed measure […]

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Reviewing All The VIX ETF Options

by on December 10, 2010 | Updated October 26, 2012

The impressive ETF boom that has unfolded over the last several years has been the result of a number of attractive features of the exchange-traded structure relative to traditional mutual funds. In addition to considerably lower expenses, intraday liquidity and enticing tax breaks have fueled interest in ETPs, which now number nearly 1,500 in the […]

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VelocityShares, a new firm run by former iPath executives, made its initial foray into the ETP industry on Tuesday by rolling out six notes linked to various VIX-related indexes. The new products include both funds that will go head-to-head with existing iPath ETNs as well as several first-to-market products, including funds offering daily leveraged exposure […]

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