8 Ways to Mitigate Risk in VIX Strategies

If you ask top traders or money managers to list the most important components to their success, undoubtedly, risk-management would be near the top of the list.  Knowing this, we made risk-management a key focus when designing our VIX Strategies. ...
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Adding Risk-Reversals to your Trading Arsenal

The VIX Strategies that we trade are systematic in nature (with the exception that Roll-Yield + VRP uses discretion from time-to-time).  This does not mean, however, that we don’t like to take advantage of special opportunities when they arise, on...
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Invest In Vol Strategic Partnership

We’re excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Invest In Vol – The Volatility RIA.   http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14375097.htm   Invest In Vol’s mission is to make volatility more investable through education and active management, and is the only Registered Investment Advisor...
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A Simple Way to Outperform XIV

VIX futures spend a majority of time in contango.  This creates a positive tailwind for XIV, causing its price to trend up over time.  This positive trend, however, does not come without large drawdowns from time-to-time.  For example, XIV experienced...
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New Intraday Volatility Trading Strategies

New Intraday Volatility Trading Strategies Despite having a strong 2016 with our swing trading strategy, Roll-Yield + VRP, many people asked if we could offer a way to hedge overnight risk and/or large spikes in volatility.  After much research, we’ve delivered...
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5 Key Characteristics for Successful Volatility Trading

We’ve all heard of the “cut your losses early” and the “let your winner’s run” (and many, many more) trading axioms that apply to trading in general.  But what characteristics give you an edge specifically in volatility trading?  Below are...
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Part 2: When is the Best Time to Start Trading a Volatility Strategy?

In our last post, we shared our thoughts and ideas on the most opportune time to start trading a volatility strategy.  If you have not read that post yet, please start here before continuing. Ok, now that we’re all on...
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When is the Best Time to Start Trading a Volatility Strategy?

One question we often get asked is: When is the best time to start trading a volatility strategy (if I’m not already invested)? That’s a fair question. Our best answer: volatility strategies, at least the strategies we trade at VIX...
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Roll-Yield and Why You’re Thinking About it Wrong

This is a short post to clarify something we see get confused ALL the time – roll-yield. First, let’s define a few things 1) XIV – Velocity Shares Daily Inverse VIX short-term ETN XIV is an ETN (exchange-traded-note) that attempts...
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4 Reasons Why Volatility is a Poor Measure of Risk

Volatility (standard deviation) is the standard and widely accepted definition of investment risk.  While we think volatility is a great asset class to trade, we believe it is a terrible measure of risk (again, in this case, we mean standard...
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