Barclays’ VXXB—Not as Short Term as You Think

In terms of assets Barclays’ “S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures” ETN is among the leaders in volatility ETFs with around 500 million dollars under management.   I suspect it’s also one of the leaders in investor confusion. Although VIX is in its formal name VXXB doesn’t actually track the CBOE’s VIX index with any degree of precision. In fact, it’s not unusual for VXXB and VIX to …

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How to short VXX—the hard way and the easy way

Easy way: If you want to short VXX the simplest way is to buy SVXY.  This Exchange Traded Funds tracks -0.5X  the daily percentage moves of VXX so it isn’t a true short, but it has the same goal—going up when VXX goes down.  They carry annual investment fees (SVXY’s is 0.95%), which I doubt is an issue for you if you’re thinking of shorting …

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