VIX

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced their roughest start to a new year but ended the month on a lighter note after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with an aggressive policy move. Year-to-date, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.7%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.0% and the S&P 500 retreated 4.9%. The […]

Exchange traded products that track the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, have experienced large outflows, suggesting that investors are anticipating smaller swings and calmer markets ahead. Traders pulled $850 million from two of the most popular ETPs, which include both exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes, in January, even as the VIX is set […]

As the equities market plunged, hedging bets and risk insurance helped the CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded products surge. On Friday, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX) rose 11.7%, ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEArca: VIXY) gained 11.7% and VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca: VIIX) increased […]

The CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded products spiked Thursday after a quick plunge in Chinese markets triggered a sell-off in the U.S. and inflamed investor anxiety. On Thursday, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX) rose 11.4%, ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEArca: VIXY) gained 10.9%. Additionally, for the […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

Exchange traded funds have seen trading activity increase over the years as more investors see the benefits of the investment vehicle. For instance, since ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock, many have utilized the funds to execute quick or tactical positions to capitalize on market turns. While ETFs accumulate more assets and investor […]

While U.S. benchmarks retreated Friday and were on course for their worst weekly performance in a month, the CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded funds surged on the elevated risk-off sentiment. Exchange traded products that try to track the VIX were among the best performers on Friday as major stock indices declined over 1.5%. […]

U.S. stocks slid Monday as global growth concerns and prospects of a Federal Reserve December rate hike dragged on the equities, fueling market uncertainty and CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, related exchange traded funds. On Monday, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX) jumped 4.4%, ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Despite finishing on a down note, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds closed out their best month in four years. Over October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 8.5%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 9.3% and the S&P 500 rose 8.3%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include Global X MSCI […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds regained their footing Wednesday, ending a tumultuous month on a positive note. Over September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.5%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1% and the S&P 500 retreated 2.5%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include the ETFS Physical Palladium […]

The markets have experienced a spike in volatility and some believe we are in for more wild swings ahead. Investors, though, can utilize low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies to ride out the any further bumps in the equities market. Volatility is the new norm for financial markets, writes Mohammed El-Erian, chief economic advisor to Allianz […]

To say the equity markets have been extremely turbulent over the last several weeks would be an understatement. Nothing demonstrates this better than the benchmark indicator of volatility, the CBOE Volatility Index, along with VIX-related exchange traded funds. When looking at the period of July 31 to August 21, volatility jumped 131.3%, from an index […]

So much for a quiet summer. Stock markets ran into turbulence at the end of August as worries over potential contagion from a slowing Chinese economy rippled across the globe. The S&P 500 finished the month off 6.0%, its worst monthly performance since May of 2012. The MSCI Europe fell 9.6%, while Japan finished 11.4% and […]

While the markets plunged and the CBOE Volatility Index spiked, some investors threw over a billion dollars into VIX-related exchange traded products, indicating a turn around and more complacent market outlook. Since August 20, the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca: XIV) has accumulated $1.1 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com, growing almost […]

Markets across the globe were rocked by volatility from sources new and old last month. The old was a play-by-play repeat of the “taper tantrum” as capital fled from emerging markets in anticipation of a September date for the first rise in U.S. rates since 2006. The new was triggered by evidence that the rollercoaster […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were moseying along during most of August but experienced a precipitous plunge in the later half of the month after volatility in China and an unclear Federal Reserve policy outlook triggered a market correction. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.6%, the Nasdaq Composite decreased 7.0% […]

Stocks are tumbling in Russia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Australia and Canada due to economic weakness in China. Meanwhile, the Vanguard Europe ETF (VGK) remains roughly 5.5% off of its May high, as the feel-good effect of $1.3 trillion in European Central Bank stimulus subsides. In truth, risk assets from across the spectrum are fading. Exchange-traded […]

Last week was another difficult one for stocks, marked by a bruising mid-week selloff triggered by China’s surprise devaluation of its currency. For many investors, the move reinforced fears about the growth prospects of the world’s second-largest economy. Though U.S. equities remained resilient, other markets came under pressure. European equities in particular struggled as the fall […]

This article was written by Nick Kalivas, a Senior Equity Product Strategist for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor that sponsors the PowerShares family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In the face of economic weakness and continued capital outflows, China devalued its currency, the yuan, on Aug. 11 and 12, fixing it a […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds closed out the second quarter on a positive note. However, U.S. stocks still experienced their worst first half to a year since 2010 as interest rate hike speculation, slowing economic growth and the continued Greek volatility weighed on investments. The Nasdaq Composite gained 4.7% and the S&P 500 […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended up paring their best monthly rally since February over the last days of May. Over May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.1% and the S&P 500 gained 1.0%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I highlighted the newly launched AccuShares Spot CBOE VIX Up Shares (NYSEArca: VXUP) and AccuShares Spot CBOE VIX Down Shares (NYSEArca: VXDN). The two new Spot VIX […]

The equities market has remained surprisingly calm this year, fueling a complacent trading environment and burning investors who have been betting on CBOE Volatility Index-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX) and the ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEArca: VIXY) both declined about 34.4%. However, skeptical […]

The equities markets and exchange traded funds ended the month of April on a sour note after broad U.S. benchmarks peaked new heights in the prior week. Over April, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 0.8% and the S&P 500 gained 0.9%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over […]

U.S. equities have been oscillating, but CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded funds investors have been growing increasingly complacent. So far this year, the S&P 500 chart reveals a market with plenty of tops, bottoms and in-betweens, and at times, a 6.3% difference between the index’s intraday highs and lows, reports Jeff Fox for […]

While the equities market is still positive so far this year, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds retreated over March as concerns over the U.S. dollar strength and energy sector weakness weighed on the earnings outlook ahead. The Nasdaq Composite gained 3.0% and the S&P 500 rose 4.4% so far this year. Meanwhile, the Dow […]

Federal Reserve interest rate changes could incite greater swings in stocks and goad the CBOE Volatility Index, along with related exchange traded funds. Jim Strugger of MKM Partners LLC argues that while the Fed rate hikes have not fueled volatility over the past two decades, the central bank’s decision this time around could be different, […]

As the equities market reached new heights and market participants became more complacent, some investors have been quietly building up their exchange traded product exposure to the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, anticipating a pullback in stocks. For instance, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca: VXX), a VIX-related exchange traded note, […]

While pullback somewhat in the last week , U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds advanced toward new highs in February, shaking off the January doldrums. Over February, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 5.6%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.7% and the S&P 500 gained 5.4%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the […]