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What is a VIX ETF?

The VIX, or the volatility index, is a standardized measure of market volatility and often used to track investor fear. Investors can trade ETFs that track the VIX in order to speculate on or hedge against future market moves. Understanding how the VIX and its ETFs work, including its unique risks, is key before adding it to your portfolio.

Should you buy volatility shares' -1x short VIX futures ETF?

Launched in April 2022, Volatility Shares' -1x Short VIX Futures ETF ( BATS: SVIX) has taken allowed investors to gain incredible exposure to short volatility, double what SVXY has been offering. It's unclear whether holding this is prudent or not if we have a crash like SVXY had.

What is ProShares Vix short-term futures ETF?

ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, that track the performance of the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index. More.. The Funds are benchmarked to an Index of VIX futures contracts. The Funds are not benchmarked to the widely referenced Cboe Volatility Index, commonly known as the “VIX.”

What is a VIX futures contract?

VIX futures contracts price the market's view of the value of the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) on the expiration dates of such futures contracts. The VIX measures expected volatility of the S&P 500 over the next 30 days and is calculated based on the price of a constantly changing portfolio of options on the S&P 500.

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