Born to Die: Inside XIV, the Busted Volatility ETF

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The chief executive officer of Barclays, which pioneered notes linked to United States market volatility, warned only last month that investors might be losing their heads. One theory that's emerging: the curious case of the tail wagging the dog. "The unexpected level of volatility has impaired the trading of the underlying derivatives used by many VIX-related exchange traded products that seek to provide exposure to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures". Their next action plan whether they do it themselves or are forced to do shall play an important role in determining what happens with the overall market and volatility trade.

On Monday, the Dow plunged by almost 1,200 points or 4.6%, triggering follow-on losses in Asia and Europe.

Options on S&P 500 Index and the tracking exchange traded fund, known as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, also drew higher-than-usual trading volume.

Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, said there were "a lot of forces at work", but the short volatility trade blowing up "certainly aggravated it". Investors will only know in the future whether they got in at the right price.

It was a theory echoed by Barclays Plc analysts in a research note published after Monday's sharp spike in the VIX.

The liquidation of the two products, which had about $2.8 billion in assets under management as of last week, is bound to have an effect on not only the VIX markets, but also on the broader markets, Aniston said. On the other hand, a reading of -100 would imply that the stock is oversold and possibly set for a rally.

Those funds are inversely linked to the VIX, a gauge of turbulence in the market. "Maybe we have already seen the end of it".

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But even as 2018 kicked off with soaring stocks and subdued volatility, signs of complacency in short-vol land had cropped up.

At the time of writing, S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN Ipath (XVZ) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of -180.02.

Assuming the data are correct, SVXY either remains popular with traders, its slide encouraged dip buying or both.

"On the 30th, when February VIX futures went over March, that was my signal to get out and walk away because stuff gets out of control when the board goes backward", he said. What does this all mean and why should you avoid these ETFs?

Others weren't so lucky. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index is a popular oscillating indicator among traders and investors. That forum is now home to a host of horror stories from retail investors who lost almost everything and the hard lessons learned. Adding January brings that total to 50 percent. F-1 filings are a type of financial-registration form.

In an announcement, Horizons stated that the decision was made following its assessment of "the extreme volatility in VIX-futures markets that occurred in after-hours market trading yesterday".

One silver lining to the crash: SVXY and XIV now lack the heft to roil markets, according to some.

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The bank created the notes eight years ago as anti-turbulence bets for institutional clients like hedge funds. Janus Henderson Group plc, which markets the VelocityShares notes, could not be reached. Credit Suisse AG - VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN has a twelve month low of $5.50 and a twelve month high of $146.44.

Technically, the Vix is a measure of the expected amount of gyration in stock prices on the S&P 500 over the next month. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The market's tumult in the past few days has provided a hint of the risk posed by volatility funds.

"That being said, we still think there's more upside".

To be sure, the market wasn't down just because of these complex volatility instruments.

Credit Suisse earlier said it faced no material impact from the fall in the ETN, in which it has a 32 per cent stake. Thus, Credit Suisse will liquidate trading of XIV on Feb 21. It was a realization that contributed to a 6% drop in the Swiss bank's share price this morning.

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