My last article discussed the advantages of a traditional portfolio allocating to a volatility index. The article concluded that the allocation to VSTOXX® Futures may offer advantages for a traditional portfolio of 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. This article asks a similar question, what if the portfolio was only European bonds; would the allocation to a volatility index such as the VSTOXX® Index offer added value to a bond portfolio?
Investors will often perceive each component of their portfolio as standalone investments. However, the components should be viewed for how well they complement the portfolio. Think of it is a holistic approach to portfolio management. My prior analysis of a 60/40 portfolio allocating to the VSTOXX® Index was more direct as the EURO STOXX 50® Index is the underlying market for the VSTOXX® volatility index. However this analysis of bonds to VSTOXX® is a little more intricate because the relationship of the two markets is not necessarily direct, but they are connected.
Liquidity is always important to an investor or trader. Table 1 gives readers an
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