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After practicing law for way too long, I moved my family to the beach (Kiawah Island, South Carolina) to trade stocks for a living. After making and blowing a fortune in the technology bubble of the 1990's (and then again in 2006-08), I discovered the art and science of trend following. In... More
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  • Trading VXX  1 comment
    Jul 2, 2012 7:54 PM | about stocks: VXX

    A lot has been written about how VXX and UVXY aren't efficient ways to play volatility. I am at the opposite end of the spectrum as I find them to be great trading vehlcles for volatility or even directional signals for equity indexes. Between VXX, UVXY and XIV, there is enough liquidity and/or options to swing trade any of these very robust market measurements, whatever they may be tracking.

    There are a myriad of technical indicators that can be used to trade VXX. Moving averages, stochastic, Bollinger Bands, etc. Find the settings that suits your style of trading. I use an algorithm that is something of a cross between a Parabolic Stop & Reverse and an Average True Range trend line indicator using a trailing stop.

    Below are two examples of how VXX lends itself to trend following or swing trading in daily and then hourly price bars.

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    Disclosure: I am short VXX.

    Stocks: VXX
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