Volatility ETF Overview

Volatility ETFs are popular trading products. These products are linked to volatility futures. They own or short futures based on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX). The VIX index portrays the price volatility embedded in the option prices of the S&P 500 Index for the next 30 days.

Investors need to understand that these funds track the futures on the VIX, not VIX itself. Because of the nature of the VIX futures markets, the rolling cost of futures may be detrimental to performance results. Thus, these products may lose money over the long term. Investors need to approach these products with care.

Volatility ETF University

Daily ETF Watch

VelocityShares Adds Libor ETNs To Lineup

The products offer long and short exposure to the composite forward Libor rate.

Daily Hot Reads

Wednesday Hot Reads: ETF Investors & Funds With History

Plus, thoughts from Vanguard’s Andy Clarke on investing in stocks over the long term.

Daily Hot Reads

Monday Hot Reads: ETF Tactics To Shield Volatility-Spikes

Also, what the top-performing ETFs have in common.

Weekly ETF Flows

Investors Add $5B To ETFs Despite Volatility Surge

The highest VIX reading of the year didn't stop investors from adding to their ETF positions.

Daily Hot Reads

Thursday Hot Reads: Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding SPY

Also, why tracking difference in bond ETFs matters.

Daily Hot Reads

Wednesday Hot Reads: Gundlach May Cap Fund Assets

Also, private equity firms parking cash in ETFs.

Features and News

CBOE's Rhoads On How Low VIX Can Go

CBOE's director of education breaks down what’s going on with volatility and the VIX.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Transamerica Debuts 4 Funds

Each new ETF allocates assets among three indexes.

Index Investor Corner

Swedroe: Volatility As A Strategy

A look at evidence around the volatility risk premium.