In our last article-VSTOXX® Futures: Opportunity for volatility traders with European volatility futures-we introduced the background and several ideas to trade VSTOXX® Futures contracts available at Eurex Exchange. One of the strategies discussed included the VSTOXX®/ VIX spreadstrategy.
As an investor, market liquidity is always an important factor in determining asset allocation within a portfolio. Since 2009 the volume of VSTOXX®Futures continues to increase as noted in Table1.
For a trader or investor already trading VIX futures contracts, adding VSTOXX® Futures to a portfolio should be a relatively easy expansion as both products are gauges of fear and negative volatility for their respective underlying equity markets. If you are new to volatility products or to VSTOXX® Futures, the VSTOXX®/ VIX spread maybe a simple entry into the world of volatility products.
As noted in Chart1, the VSTOXX® historically tends to trade at a premium to the VIX. The data develops a baseline of the spread’s pricing expectations between the two volatility products and when the spread becomes abnormal due to a widening or narrowing spread. Chart1notes that the two volatility products tend to generally move together over the longer-term. Economies have become more interdependent than ever before, thus it is understandable that when there is increased negative volatility in the European equity markets, similar situations may occur in the U.S. equity markets or vice versa. From 1999 to 2013 the daily static correlation of the two products is READ MORE
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Mark Shore is also an Adjunct Professor and Board Member of Arditti Center of Risk Management at DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago where he teaches a managed futures / global macro course and an Adjunct at the New York Institute of Finance. Mark is a contributing writer to Reuters HedgeWorld, CBOE Future Exchange (CFE) and Micro-Cap Review.
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