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    Aug 5, 2012 3:22 PM | about stocks: TVIX, VXX, UVXY, SVXY, XIV, VXZ, VIXY, VIXM, VIXX, EEMV, QVOL, ACWV, SPXU, AAPL

    Last week, there was big disconnect between S&P500 and Volatility S&P500 Index. For the week, S&P500 was up 5.02 point or 0.36% but Volatility Index S&P500 VIX was down from 17.43 to 15.64 or -9.36%. So, Why this disconnect ? and Where is VIX heading and how low will it go ? This are the few question every trader has in their mind.

    volatility index vix
    Volatility Index vix was down 9.36% while S&P500 was up 5 point or 0.36% for the week

    Why there was disconnect between S&P500 and VIX ?

    Buy the rumor sell the news
    Buy the rumor, and sell the news

    The answer is "Buy the rumor and sell the news" and "Go opposite of what majority think". Last week, VIX kept rising because there was uncertainty whether FED, ECB or BOE will do something or not. FED, ECB and BOE didn't provide any stimulus to the market but the news was out and many took long position in VIX in anticipation of fear rising but the rumor of ECB doing something kept coming late Thursday afternoon, which led to sell off in VIX. As the short position increased in S&P500, because of no action from central banker, market was set for rebound. But the price action in VIX is over done and it should rebounce as the biggest event of this year is coming on September 12th, when the German Court will rule out on bailout fund and fiscal pact.

    How Low Can Volatility Index (VIX) go ?
    In stock market what goes up will come down and vice versa. VIX has hit 10.42 in Nov, 2006 and 10.66 in Jan 1994. So there is possibility that it can go as low as 10.42 At the same time everytime VIX has hit low, it has bounce back and doubled in no time.

    In stock market, what goes up comes down and vice versa. VIX is a buy at current level.

    vix 4 year chart
    Zooming into 4 year VIX chart, its close to all time low.

    How to trade VIX ?
    There are many ways to trade VIX and it depends on how much risk one is willing to take. As long as VIX is in contango, it's likely to sell off on Rally and that's what happening with VIX in last 8 month. Once, VIX is back intobackwardation, it will rally very sharply. Most of the time VIX is in contango. One can trade different VIX ETF, or you can use broker of your choice or use Option House to buy VIX itself.

    For long VIX: I really don't like Credit Suisse (NASDAQ:TVIX) depending on the risk, VXX is better choice.



    Symbol Name Price Change Assets * Avg. Vol YTD
    UVXY ltra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF $6.02 -13.26% $243,416 16,516,699 -91.75%
    TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN $3.01 -10.15% $207,790 13,357,175 -90.58%
    CVOL C-Tracks ETN Citi Volatility Index Total Return $7.26 -9.36% $3,630 37,456 -74.45%
    VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF $25.87 -6.84% $138,338 896,859 -65.84%
    VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN $12.16 -6.68% $1,473,034 50,255,094 -65.78%
    VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short-Term ETN $26.24 -6.92% $26,562 479,380 -65.78%
    VXAA ETRACS 1-Month S&P 500 VIX Futures ETN due Septermber 6, 2041 $32.72 +2.47% $3,272 517 -61.92%
    TVIZ VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Medium-Term ETN $26.01 -8.64% $4,813 3,647 -56.76%

    For Short VIX:


    Symbol Name Price Change Assets * Avg. Vol YTD
    XIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN $13.41 +7.11% $246,895 13,404,922 +105.99%
    SVXY Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF $106.46 +6.99% $20,064 346,752 +103.63%
    AAVX ETRACS 4-Month S&P 500 VIX Futures ETN due SEptermber 6, 2041 $158.77 +0.63% $15,877 1,615 +83.21%
    BBVX ETRACS DAily Short 2-Month S&P 500 VIX Futures ETN due September 6, 2041 $149.52 -0.39% $14,952 1,629 +55.73%
    IVOP Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (II) Profile $32.55 unch $3,255 4,626 +43.14%
    DDVX ETRACS Daily Short 4-Months S&P 500 VIX Futures ETN due September 6,2041 $132.05 -1.92% $13,205 744 +37.31%
    CCVX ETRACS Daily Short 3-Month S&P 500 VIX Futures ETN due September 6, 2041 $129.55 -1.72% $12,955 1,526 +36.41%
    ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN $16.79 +2.19% $8,916 8,221 +34.75%
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