Volatility Tickers

Updated: Mar 10th, 2017 | Vance Harwood | @6_Figure_Invest

I have collected what I believe is all the active tradable volatility ETNs / ETFs in the US markets together in this list.  For my opinion on these see Volatility Funds Categorized and Ranked.

In September AccuShares shut down its VUP and VDN funds, leaving the number of VIX oriented ETF / ETN funds at 25

In August UBS shut down its XVIX and VQTS funds

VelocityShares added  BSWN, LSVX, and XIVH in July 2016

In May 2016  REX ETFs added VolMAXX’s  VMIN and VMAX funds and CITI group discontinued CVOL in May 2016

You can expand the table, or search for a specific ticker if you don’t see the one you want.

Ticker/QuotesDescription / Time frameDaily activity? / underlying indexETF / ETN
Company website / Prospectus
Comments / Posts
^VIX (Yahoo)
$VIX (Schwab)
VIX (Fidelity)
VIX:IND (Bloomberg)
.VIX (Reuters)
INDEXCBOE:VIX (Google FInance)
CBOE Volatility Index®
Model free est. of SPX 30 day volatility
Derived from SPX option prices
CBOE / Not investible
TVIX/UVXY--closest to a direct VIX investment
Long Volatility(1-2 month VX)
VMAX (ETF) (new)Long VIX Weekly Futures StrategyGoal match VIX % moves better than funds with 30 day average to expirationETF
VolMAXX Website
Active fund.
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures
Tracking Index SPVXSTR (see IV/Index History spreadsheet)ETN
VXX prospectus
options available
VIXY (ETF)ProShares VIX Short-Term FuturesRoll futures VIXYETF
(VXX clone)
options available
Tax reporting: K-1
VIIXVelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-TermRoll futures SPVXSP:INDETN
(VXX clone)
VXUP (not recommended)Paired with VXDN, Supposed to track VIX, but does notTracks near month VIX futureETPComplex behavior. Does NOT track VIX. Details
2X Long Volatility(1-2 month VX)
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Short-Term2X leverage, Daily rebalance SPVXSP:INDETN
New Lease on LIfe
UVXY (ETF)ProShares ETF2X leverage, Daily rebalance
UVXY website / prospectusoptions available
Tax reporting: K-1
Short Volatility(1-2 month VX)
VMIN (ETF) (new)Inverse VIX Weekly Futures StrategyDaily rebalance to keep leverage at -1.
Goal match opposite VIX % moves better than funds with 30 day average to expiration
VolMAXX Website
Active fund.
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-TermInverse, Daily rebalance of: SPVXSP:INDETN
-1x percentage, Termination with -80% daily move
IVOP (not recommended)Path Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short Fixed at inception SPVXSP:INDETN
Barclays' IVOP Prospectus
XXV (not recommended)iPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short Fixed at inception SPVXSP:INDETN
Barclays' XXV Prospectus
VXX short Not Recommended!
SVXY (ETF)ProShares ETFSPVXSPID:INDProShares SVXY website/prospectusoptions available
Tax reporting: K-1
VXDN (not recommended)AccuShares Supposed to be inverse VIX, but does NOT. Tracks near month VIX futuresETPComplex behavior. Does NOT track inverse VIX. Details
2X Long Volatility(3-4 month) VX
CVOL (discontinued)CVOL early redemptionC Tracks ETN Daily rebalance + monthly adj to short S&P weighting CVOLE:INDETN
* C-Tracks website
* CVOL prospectus
Adds variable SP 500 short component
Under the hood
Long Volatility
(4-5-6-7 month) VX
VXZiPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN Roll futures SPVXMTR:INDETN
* Barclays website
* Prospectus
options available
VIXM (ETF)ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETFRoll futures SPVXMPID:INDETF
(VXZ clone)
options available
VIIZVelocityShares Daily Long VIX Medium-TermRoll futures SPVXMP:INDETN
(VXZ clone)
2X Long Volatility(4-5-6-7 month) VX
TVIZVelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Medium-TermDaily rebalance SPVXMP:INDETN
Short Volatility (4-5-6-7 month) VX
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-TermDaily rebalance SPVXMP:INDETN
Inverse roll 4,5,6,7 month VX
ZIV backtest
Hybrid / Strategy
BSWN (new)VelocityShares VIX Tail Risk ETNDaily rebalance Long Bias with reduced decay
Index Methodology
VelocityShares BSWN
45% 2X Long / 55% 1X inverse How does BSWN work?
LSVX (new)VelocityShares VIX Variable Long/Short ETNDaily rebalance Long bias with reduced decay
Index Methodology
VelocityShares LSVX
33% 2X long 67% 1X inverse How does LSVX work?
PHDG (ETF)PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged PortfolioS&P VEQTOR
(S&P 500 plus a variable VXX component)
Details on VEQTOR Index
Mgmt fee .39% per year
Tax reporting: 1099
Options Available
TRSK (ETF)VelocityShares Tail Risk Hedged Large Cap ETF85% S&P with 15% vol component. Vol component allocated with S&P 500 VIX
Futures Tail Risk ER Short index SPVXTRSP
VelocityShares ETFs

Review / backtest
SPXH (ETF)VelocityShares Volatility Hedged Large Cap ETF85% S&P with 15% vol component. Vol component allocated with S&P 500 VIX Futures Variable Long/Short ER Short Term" SPVXVSP"ETF
VelocityShares ETFs
Review / backtest

(Inception Aug 2012)
First Trust CBOE S&P 500 Tail Hedge ETFS&P 500 w/ reinvested div + VIX calls in times of high volatility. Monthly rebalance
CBOE Tail Risk Index
* First Trust VIXH website
* Prospectus
Mgmt fee .6% per year--steep considering that at least 99% of the portfolio will always be in the S&P 500.
(S&P 500 plus a variable VXX component)
* VQT website
* VQT prospectus
A covered call that's long volatility
VQTS (discontinued)S&P VEQTOR Switch (S&P plus variable 1st month VIX future position)Website
ETNNo dividend
XIVH (new)VelocitySharesVIX Short Volatility Hedged ETNDaily rebalance Hedged inverse volatility
Index Methodology
VelocityShares XIVH
10% 2X Long, 90% 1X inverse How does HIVX work?
XVZiPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX
VIX/VXV based short/long 1-2 month, long 4,5,6,7 futures
Dynamic mix of short/long short term futures combined with long medium term SPDVIXTRETN
XVZ Website
XVZ prospectus
*Backtest to 2004
*Under the hood
*Hedging High Yield Bonds
Other Volatility Indexes
VXVCBOE 3 month volatility (S&P500) VXV CBOE (not investible)
VX Volatility Futures (on right) Volatility FuturesCFE
GVZCBOE Gold VIX (GLD)CBOE Gold Volatilty Micro Site
VXGSCBOE Goldman Sachs VIX (GS)
VXNCBOE Nasdaq 100 Volatility Index
Volatility Settlement
VRO CBOE,Fidelity,...
^VRO Yahoo
$VRO Schwab
VIX settlement value (once per month) VRO
Volatility Related IndexesSome of the ancillary indexes used by volatility ETNs/ETFs
SPXTS&P 500 Total Returns index (includes dividends)SPXT:IND
USB3MTA:IND 3 Month Treasure Bill YieldUSB3MTA:INDTreasury Website -- data and spreadsheet download
US00O/NUSD Overnight London Interbank Offerred Rate

Tickers included: CVOL, IVO (short), STPP, TVIX, TVIZ, UVXY, SVXY,VIIX, VIIZ, VIX, VIXM, VIXY, VQT(strategy), VX (futures),  VXX, VXZ, XIV(short), XOIL (oil), XVIX (strategy), XXV (short), ZIV (short), XVZ, SPVXSTR, SPVXMTR, SPXT, USB3MTA, SPVXTSER, SVXY, VIXH, PHDG, VQTS, VXUP, VXDN,VMIN,VMAX,BSWN,LSVX,XIVH

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  • James

    Vance, how does one evaluate the tracking accuracy of all of the VIX products?

  • Hi James, The best tool I’m aware of is ETF.com’s reports on various ETFs. They typically provide a graph of tracking plus average and worst case tracking errors in the statistics Here is an example: http://www.etf.com/TVIX

  • James

    Thanks, Vance.

  • rttrader12

    Hello Vance,
    Thanks for compiling the above list – it’s a great reference. Do you know of any similar exchange traded products that are based on volatility in the European or Asian markets? Also, any volatility ETP’s for the bond market that you may be aware of?


  • HI rttrader12, I believe there are at least some vol based ETPs in Europe based on the VSTOXX index. I’m not aware of any USA ETPs for bond volatility. The CBOE does offer futures on 10yr bond volatility (TYVIX), but it appears to be a non-starter product with no volume / open interest.