VIX ETFs Soar In Fear Of Fed, Markets (VXX, TVIX, VXZ, XVC, XIV)

April 04, 2012


The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, jumped yesterday, as did a number of VIX-related exchange-traded products after the financial markets turned jittery and sold off after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting suggested the central bank wasn’t keen on more monetary easing, according to an article on the Wall Street Sector Selector.

The Volatility Index—or VIX—saw an increase of 0.13 percent, which caused the following funds to rally as well:

  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX) +1.86 percent
  • VelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca: TVIX) +2.56 percent
  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXZ) +0.48 percent


However, the S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETF (NYSEArca: XVZ) fell 0.44 percent, as it’s designed to track a combination of S&P 500 VIX short-term and midterm futures, according to the article.

The article also highlighted the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca: XIV)—which increases as the VIX falls. That inverse ETN fell 1.95 percent yesterday, the article said.

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