Unless you have access to a Bloomberg terminal or something similar finding quotes and historical data for volatility indexes can be an adventure. Below I’ve assembled links to the online resources that I’ve been able to find. Links marked with a “$SFI” are historical data sets that I offer for sale—they don’t match the official indexes exactly, but they are very close.
In many cases, data is available from multiple sources. I did not attempt to list all of them.
If you are looking for symbols/tickers for volatility exchange-traded products then you should go to this post where I list information on all USA traded volatility style funds. Simulated histories for some of these funds back to 2004 are available here.
Historical data from different sources can differ—often because they use different closing times. Sites like Yahoo and Google Finance use standard NYSE hours, but the CBOE’s hours are different (close is 4:15 ET) and open times vary. For example with the advent of near 24-hour trading on VIX futures, the open time for VIX futures for Tuesday through Friday is 4:30 PM ET the previous day and Sunday at 5 PM ET is the opening time for Monday. When used for computing other indexes (e.g., when VIX is used in computing the index used by VQT), the CBOE data should be used.
If you have access to Fidelity’s Active Trader Pro or Schwab’s StreetSmart Edge, you can get historical intraday data for many volatility tickers by exporting data from their charts. Schwab’s StreetSmart Edge allows export of watch list information, including option Greeks.
The Cboe has an Index Dashboard that provides charts & historic data downloads for many of the index mentioned below.
VIX style Indexes and Settlement quotes Relevant Cboe website of indexes computed with VIX style methodology
Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
VIX9D (VXST) | Yahoo ^VIX9D Google Finance | CBOE (since Jan-2011) Ft.com | Cboe | Measure of 9 day IV of (SPX) Index options. | |
VIX® | Yahoo ^VIX Google INDEXCBOE:VIX | VIX options & futures VQT PHDG XVZ | CBOE (since Jan1990) | White Paper Near real-time calc graph | Measure of 30 day IV of (SPX) Index options . Cboe’s numbers are 4:15 PM ET values |
VIXMO | Google Finance indexcboe: VIXMO | FT.com | Calc the VIXMO—the easy Part | VIX index previous to Oct 6, 2014 Measure of 30 day IV of (SPX) Index options using SPX monthly options | |
VIX3M (VXV) | Yahoo ^VIX3M | XVZ | * SFI$ (since 1990) * CBOE (since Dec 2007) * Yahoo *Investing.com | VIX3M Methodology | Measure of 3-month IV of (SPX) Index options. |
VIX6M (VXMT) | Google Finance indexcboe: VIX6M | * SFI$ (since 1990) CBOE (since Jan 2008) | VIX6M Methodology | Measure of 6-month (184 days) IV of (SPX) Index options. | |
VIX1Y | Google Finance indexcboe: VIX1Y | Cboe | Cboe | Measure of 1-year IV of (SPX) Index options. | |
SVRO | Yahoo ^SVRO | VXST options & futures (not trading) | CBOE | Settlement process | Exercise-settlement value for VXST options & futures |
VRO | Yahoo ^VRO | VIX options /&futures | CBOE | Settlement process | Exercise-settlement value for VIX options & futures |
VVIX^{SM} | Yahoo ^VVIX | CBOE historical VVIX -since Jan 07 CBOE (since March 06) VVIX Term Structure | White Paper | VIX methodology applied to VIX options (VIX of VIX) |
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VIX Style Calculation Indexes (used by CBOE to compute VIX9D, VIX, VIXMO, VIX3M, VIX6M)
Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
VSTN | Cboe-VSTN | VIX9D | VIX9D Near term | ||
VSTF | Cboe-VSTF | VIX9D | VIX9D Far term | ||
VIN | Cboe-VIN | VIX | White Paper | VIX Near Term | |
VIF | Cboe-VI | VIX | White Paper | VIX Far Term | |
VINMO | Cboe-VINMO | VIXMO | VIXMO Near Term | ||
VIFMO | Cboe-VIFMO | VIXMO | VIXMO Far Term | ||
VIX (#) | CBOE-VIX TS | VIX calc on SPX option series using midpoint prices | CBOE (since 2010) | CBOE per month VIX calculations | |
VWB | CBOE-VWB | VIX cacl using SPX bid prices | CBOE (since Oct 2017) | CBOE per month VIX calculations | |
VWA | CBOE-VWA | VIX calc using SPX ask prices | CBOE (since Oct 2017) | CBOE per month VIX calculations |
Notes:
The CBOE changed its VIX calculation on 21-Oct-14 to use weekly options bracketing the 30-day VIX target expectation. Before that the VIN/VIF values reflect the old calculation that only used monthly SPX option series. VIXMO uses the old monthy only algorithm
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VIX Futures
Ticker | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
VXST | CBOE (e.g, 2VSW/Z4) select VSW on Futures (not trading) | CBOE VSW | VXST Futures, Options, Index | Futures on VXST index (discontinued) | |
VIX/month-code/last digit of year | CBOE (e.g. vix/z4, VX series) Settlement Values Yahoo (e.g. ^VIXMAY) BarChart.com | VIX options Volatility Funds | CBOE ’04-Jun ’18
| Month Codes Expiration Calendars
| Futures on VIX index |
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Standard long volatility indexes
Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by:(not exhaustive) | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
SPVXSTR / SPVIXSTR | MasterData | VXX | Barclays^{3} (since Jan 09) $SFI (Mar 04-Feb12) | Methodology | Short Term Volatility Total Returns^{1} |
SPVXSP /SPVXSPID | FT.com ($) (includes OHLC) Yahoo Investing.com (includes OHLC) 4PM ETdata? | TVIX VIXY SVYX UVYX | Investing.com | Methodology | Short Term Volatility Excess Returns^{2} |
SPVXMTR | FT.com | VXZ | Barclays^{3} (since Jan 09) $SFI (since Mar 04) | Methodology | Mid Term Volatility Total Returns^{1} |
SPVXMP | MarketWatch FT.com Yahoo | ZIV VIXM | Teletrader S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures Index (ER) Index (single dates) $SFI (since Mar 04) | Methodology | Mid Term Volatility Excess Returns^{2} |
Notes
- The term “Total Returns” (TR) denotes that dividends/interest is included in the index. For example, for SPTR it would be the dividends from the underlying 500 stocks in the S&P 500. In the case of SPVXSTR, it would be interest from 13-week treasury bills.
- “Excess Returns” (ER) in this context indicates that the calculation does not include dividends or interest.
- Barclays data includes some non-USA trading days, the values are carried over from the previous trading day
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Hedged style volatility fund indexes
Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
SPVQDTR/ SPVQDTID | BigCharts FT.com | VQT PHDG | FT.com $SFI (since Mar 04) Barclays (VQT IV only) | Methodology | S&P 500® Dynamic VEQTOR Index TR |
SPVQDER | BigCharts FT.com | Used within VQT /PHDG calcs | FT.com | Methodology | S&P 500® Dynamic VEQTOR Index ER |
SPVQSER | Yahoo FT.com | VQTS | FT.com | Methodology | S&P 500® VEQTOR Switch Index ER |
SPVQSTR | VQTS | Google
| S&P 500® VEQTOR Switch Index TR | ||
SPVXVSP | Google FT.com | SPXH | FT.com | Methodology 33% 2X ST 66% -1X ST White Paper VelocityShrs Prospectus | Volatility Hedged Large Cap Index |
SPVXTRSP | Google FT.com | TRSK | FT.com | Methodology 45% 2X ST 55% -1X ST White Paper VelocityShrs Prospectus | Tail Risk Hedged Large Cap Index |
SPDVIXTR | ?? | XVZ | Barclays^{3}$SFI (since Mar 04) | Methodology | S&P 500 Dynamic VIXFutures Index |
VXTH | CBOE | VIXH | Methodology White Paper | CBOE VIX Tail Hedge Index |
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Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
VSTN | Cboe | VXST | CBOE Near-term VXST Index | ||
VSTF | Cboe | VXST | CBOE Far-term VXST Index | ||
VIN | Cboe | VIX | White Paper | CBOE Near-term VIX Index | |
VIF | Cboe | VIX | White Paper | CBOE Far-term VIX Index | |
VINMO | Cboe | VIXMO | CBOE Near-term VIX monthly only | ||
VIFMO | Cboe | VIXMO | CBOE Far-term VIX monthly only | ||
VIX(#) | CBOE | VIX calc on SPX option series using midpoint prices | CBOE (since 2010) | CBOE per month VIX calculations | |
VWB | CBOE | VIX cacl using SPX bid prices | CBOE (since Oct 2017) | CBOE per month VIX calculations | |
VWA | CBOE | VIX calc using SPX ask prices | CBOE (since Oct 2017) | CBOE per month VIX calculations |
Support Indexes
Index | Quotes/Charts | Used by | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
13Wk T Bills | Yahoo ^IRX | VXX VXZ | US Treas SFI | Conversion | 13wk US Treasury bills |
Libor | FRED | VQT PHDG | FRED | ||
SPX | Yahoo (^GSPC) | Yahoo | SPX total returns (dividends applied but not re-invested) | ||
SPTR/SPXT/^SP500TR (Yahoo) | ?? | VQT PHDG | CBOE(since 1988 until June 2018) Eoddate (reg required)
Yahoo (slight difference 4pm?) | SPX total returns with dividends reinvested |
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Some other interesting indexes currently not used by volatility funds
Index | Quotes/Charts | Ratio | Historical Data | Resources | Description |
SPVXTRMP / SPVXTRMT | Google Finance | 60% 2X MT long, 40% -1X ST short | FT.com | Methodology ETF.com article | S&P 500 VIX futures Tail Risk ER Mid-Term |
SPVXVMP/ SPVXVMT | Google Finance | 45% 2X MT long, 55% -1X ST short | FT.com | Methodology ETF.com article | S&P 500 VIX futures variable long / short mid-term |
SPVXVHSP / SPVXVHST | Google Finance | 10% 2X ST long, 90% -1X ST short | FT.com | Methodology ETF.com article | S&P 500 VIX futures volatility hedged Short term |
SPVXVHMP / SPVXVHMT | Google Finance | 30% 2X MT long, 70% -1X ST short | FT.com | Methodology ETF.com article | S&P 500 VIX futures Tail Risk Midterm |
Hi Vance, I’m trying to find what the difference between SPVXSP (XIV/TVIX) and SPVXSPID (SVXY/UVXY) is? You have them listed in the same row, so I assume they’re approximately identical?
Hi Gavin,
They have identical values. On some sites the SPVXSPID is shown as SPVXSP.ID , so it’s possible the ID suffix just indicates an intraday index as opposed to the strictly end-of-day NAV index.
Vance
TVIX is based on SPVIXSTR (Same as VXX)
http://us.spindices.com/additional-reports/related-products/?indexId=11000451&sourceIdentifier=index-data-widget&parentIdentifier=index-data-widget
You yourself state the same in this post
https://sixfigureinvesting.com/2015/10/how-does-tvix-work/
Hi Aleks, The TVIX prospectus states that the tracking index is SPVXSP and my index calculations verify that. I have not been able to find a good link on the S&P indexes website that leads directly to that index only, so I used the current link. The link I use has the appropriate information to compute the excess returns (ER) index that SPVXSP is a member, but unfortunately titles the overall entry as SPVIXSTR.
— Vance
Hi Vance – Thanks for taking the time to compile the lists and sharing your analysis. In reviewing the prospectus for VXX, I found a statement about the index calculation as below:
“In addition to the transactions described above,
the weight of each index component is also
adjusted every day to ensure that the change in
total dollar exposure for the index is only due to
the price change of each contract and not due to
using a different weight for a contract trading at
a higher price.” The statement was made in the context of explaining how the rolling happens from one futures contract to the next in the S&P 500 VIX short term Futures index.
I understand the goal of the index is to maintain a constant 1-month exposure, and thus the weights of the 1st and 2nd months are adjusted to hit the target of 1-month. I’m however struggling to understand the additional adjustment referred to in the statement. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Hi rttrader, I discuss this weighting issue in this post http://sixfigureinvesting.com/2015/01/how-does-vxx-daily-roll-work/ The intent of the algorithm is to keep the 1-month exposure constant regardless of the prices of the futures themselves. If the weighting was done in terms of contracts (e.g., half way through the period it would be 50% M1 and 50% M2 contracts), then the time exposure would be shifted if the M1 and M2 prices were different. For example if M1 is at 25 and M2 is at 19 the dollar value would be over weighted on the M1 side.