Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Impressive Launch for Sextet of New Volatility ETNs from VelocityShares

The list of tradable VIX ETNs more than doubled today, following the successful launch of six new ETNs by VelocityShares.

Last week in VelocityShares Jumping in to the VIX ETP Space with Leveraged and Inverse Products, I mapped out the new VelocityShares ETNs against existing and announced competitive offerings in the VIX-based ETP space.

Several things struck me about today’s trading in these new issues. First, the six ETNs traded an aggregate of approximately 160,000 shares today, which is an excellent showing and indicates strong demand for volatility products, particularly when there is so much uncertainty swirling around the European sovereign debt crisis. Second, I was interested to see that the most actively traded products were the two leveraged ETNs. To my surprise TVIZ, which uses +2x leverage applied to a five month target maturity, was the volume leader (57,273 shares), edging out TVIX, which applies +2x leverage to a one month target maturity. In terms of opening day volume, the next level of interest was in the +1x (VIIX) and -1x (XIV) one month ETN, which overlap with existing Barclays products. Finally, only 100 shares were traded in the +1x (VIIZ) and -1x (ZIV) products that target a five month maturity. So, taking the liberty of jumping to conclusions based on only one day of data, investor interest in new VIX-based ETNs seems to be greatest in terms of leveraged products, then the one month maturities, with the five month maturities bringing up the rear.

Of course I expect that sophisticated investors will adjust their strategies based on the shape of the VIX futures term structure. Today the front month VIX futures closed at 2.60 points below the second month VIX futures. On the other hand, the fifth month VIX futures closed only 0.15 points below the sixth month VIX futures. To complete the daily volatility picture, today the front month and second month VIX futures rose at about twice the rate of the fifth month and six month VIX futures.

I see many opportunities here and am even toying with the idea of trading only VIX-based ETPs for the foreseeable future.

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[graphic: Yahoo.com]

Disclosure(s): none

CVOL Steps It Up

In Citigroup Belly-Flops into the ETP Sponsor Pool, Ron Rowland had some harsh criticism for Citigroup seemingly stealth launch of the C-Tracks ETN on CVOL (CVOL) earlier this month.

I am glad to report that Citigroup now has a nifty new web site devoted to CVOL (see graphic below) that includes the prospectus, historical closing prices, a list of the factors and values that are inputs into the CVOL daily calculation (nice!) as well as a description of key risks and key terms and an attractive little charting module. In other words, Citigroup has stepped up to the plate in a big way here.

…and I’m excited that they have done so because I think CVOL has a great deal of potential. I will get into this in more detail in future posts, but essentially this ETN has chosen a much flatter part of the VIX futures term structure than VXX and is using 2x leverage to account for the fact that in the 3-4 month VIX futures maturities, volatility tends to move more gradually on a day to day basis than it does in the cash/spot VIX or in the front month VIX futures. Eventually, I think investors will warm up to this tradeoff, but until CVOL has a sufficient track record to convince some investors that in some respects CVOL has some advantages to VXX, I would expect adoption to be gradual.

So far the volume in CVOL has been low and the spreads have been very wide (often as high as 1%), but as soon as these spreads start to narrow and volume picks up, I expect to be an active trader in CVOL.

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[graphic: Citigroup]

Disclosure(s): short VXX at time of writing

Edward Hugh and A Fistful of Euros

Ever since the European sovereign debt crisis began flaring up, I have made it a habit to read Edward Hugh’s excellent A Fistful of Euros. While The Economist and the Financial Times are two top notch resources for U.S. investors hoping to avoid an Americentric bias and incorporate a European perspective into events as they unfold across the pond, it continues to appear that ultimately the fate of the euro zone will be determined by events in Spain. Given the likely trajectory of events, I can’t think of a better time than the present to be reading what Barcelona-based economist Hugh has to say about Spain and the European financial difficulties.

For starters, check out Hugh’s last three offerings:

…then be sure to check out the archives for a comprehensive set of charts and data about the Spanish economy, more commentary, etc.

Readers, what other top European-based economics blogs should we all be reading?

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Disclosure(s): none

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chart of the Week: The Resurgent Consumer and Holiday Shopping

During the first half of 2010, a recovery in manufacturing helped to lift stocks. When manufacturing plateaued, stocks gave up their gains. Now it looks like manufacturing may be picking up again, but it has been consumer spending that has been responsible for much of the recent rise in equities.

There are two large ETFs devoted to retailers, XLY and XRT. While neither is a great proxy for the types of stores most likely to compete for our holiday shopping dollars, they will both pick up the major trends. I tend to have a slight preference for XRT over because XRT has more holding and these are more equally distributed. The top holding for XLY, for instance, is McDonalds (MCD).

In this week’s chart of the week below, I show the performance of XRT over the course of 2010. Note that earlier in the month XRT broke above its April high and has continued to maintain a bullish trajectory since then. Of particularly interest is the sector’s performance relative to the S&P 500 index (top study), which has been very strong since stocks began to rally in the beginning of September.

With the holiday shopping season off to a good start, XRT makes an intriguing momentum play and should be a barometer of the strength of U.S. consumer throughout the holiday season.

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[source: StockCharts.com]

Disclosure(s): none

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Turkey Anyone?

It is the last week in November, so naturally all our thoughts are turning to the BCS and Turkey (TUR). Here I mean not Barclays and the bird, but the Bowl Championship Series possibilities and the emerging market.

As the chart below shows, anyone who has focused on Turkey not just as a seasonal play but a long-term holding has been nicely rewarded over the course of the past year, as Turkey has outperformed broader emerging markets ETFs like EEM by 5x. As captured in the chart, over the past month or so the performance advantage of TUR has begun to narrow. This could mean it is time to take profits and it could also spur the enterprising investor to go back for a second helping. Either way, I suggest that as 2011 approaches, investors make sure to look at emerging markets at least as a portfolio side dish, if not at a main course.

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[source: ETFreplay.com]

Disclosure(s): long TUR at time of writing

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Expiring Monthly November 2010 Issue Recap

A reminder that the November issue of Expiring Monthly: The Option Traders Journal was published yesterday and is available for subscribers to download.

This month’s issue has what may be my favorite feature article to date, The Volatility Risk Premium in Commodity Options, authored by Jared Woodard. If you have an interest in options on commodities, this issue has seven articles devoted to various aspects of that subject.

I have two contributions to the November issue. The first is Options Volume and Commodities ETFs, in which I discuss some of my thoughts on volume as it applies to combining market timing and options. The second piece comes from the back page column of the magazine (the same place where The Education of a Trader first appeared) and is necessarily more tangential to the options world than the other articles in the magazine. I have given this effort the title of Life Is A Call Option and will leave it at that in order to retain at least a little mystique.

I have reproduced a copy of the Table of Contents for the November issue below for those who may be interested in learning more about the magazine. Thanks to all who have already subscribed. For those who are interested in subscription information and additional details about the magazine, you can find all that and more at http://www.expiringmonthly.com/.

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[source: Expiring Monthly]

Disclosure(s): I am one of the founders and owners of Expiring Monthly

Monday, November 22, 2010

VelocityShares Jumping in to VIX ETP Space with Leveraged and Inverse Products

Less than two weeks after I mapped out the various VIX exchange-traded products (ETNs + ETFs) in The Evolving VIX ETN Landscape, that landscape has has already changed dramatically. The first surprise was the launch of the C-Tracks ETN on CVOL (CVOL), a direct competitor to VXX, one week ago today.

The bigger change, however, is a suite of six new VIX-based ETNs on the way from VelocityShares (see filing) to be issued by Credit Suisse (hat tip to Adam Warner, who may be de-blogging for awhile, but is still tweeting his thoughts.) In the updated VIX ETP graphic below, I have coded the new VelocityShares products with a (V) suffix. In terms of covering the existing waterfront, the new VelocityShares products include VIIX and VIIZ to compete directly with VXX and VXZ, with the inverse XIV to compete against XXV.

The innovations come in the form of new leveraged ETNs as well as a new inverse ETN which targets VIX futures with a five month maturity. In the +2x space, these are TVIX (one month target maturity) and TVIZ (five month target maturity). In the inverse space, the new entry is ZIV, which has a five month target maturity.

For volatility traders, these are exciting developments. While I have no idea what the timeframe is for the launch of the new VelocityShares products, I can already envision dozens of exciting trades...which has me wondering why I am blogging about this instead of opening up a hedge fund...

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Disclosure(s): short VXX at time of writing

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chart of the Week: European Stocks Holding Up Well

Six months ago the European sovereign debt crisis was flaring up and my chart of the week was the Flight-to-Safety Trade.

With the joint EU-IMF bailout of Ireland unfolding over the weekend and the future of Greece and Portugal in the euro zone also being called into question over the course of the past two weeks, this seems like a good time to compare the performance of Europe against some of the other continents.

While relative performance is almost always dependent upon the date one picks as a starting point, I still think many will be surprised to see in this week’s chart of the week below that at least over the course of the past six month,s Europe (VGK) has performed on par with Latin America (ILF) and has significantly outperformed Asia (VPL) and the United States. Should Europe be able to finish the year without giving up any ground to its counterpart regional ETFs, I think the continent should be allowed to exhale and declare victory, at least for 2010.

For more on related subjects, readers are encouraged to check out:

Disclosure(s): none

[source: ETFreplay.com]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Columnist for Steven Sears at Barron’s

It may just be a coincidence, but each time I have been tapped as a guest columnist for The Striking Price on behalf of Steven Sears at Barron’s, there has been a spike in volatility just as I sit down to draft some thoughts. Perhaps Steven knows something I don’t, but if he does, he’s not telling.

Today in There’s Opportunity in Uncertainty, I build on some themes from a previous September column, Will Market Volatility Return to Crisis Levels? and discuss why I think those who have been earning a nice living by selling options steadily for the past two years or so may still be able to carry that strategy forward.

In today’s column, I also mention the sentiment cycle pioneered by Justin Mamis in The Nature of Risk. As that graphic has never appeared on the blog, I have decided to include it below for reference.

I will take up some of the ideas presented in the Barron’s column, including information risk and price risk, in this space going forward.

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Previous Barron’s contributions:

Disclosure(s): none

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Cluster of Support

Last week in Looking for SPX Support Levels, I introduced a chart which highlighted two areas in which stocks had traded in a narrow range for about two weeks before breaking the deadlock and moving higher. I referred to these two areas as congestion areas and highlighted them in red ovals in the cart below.

The higher of the two congestion areas, which spans roughly SPX 1175-1185, represents what I consider to be the first of two tipping points. Last week I described 1175-1185 as a “line of demarcation between a minor pullback and a bearish counter trend.” So far this area of congestion has managed to muster sufficient support to halt the decline, but has yet to inspire enough buying to turn stocks back upward.

The chart below updates the two congestion areas through today’s closing data. Note that the 50-day moving average of 1167 is about to come into play as well, even as technical factors take a back seat to issues in Europe and China.

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[source: StockCharts.com]

Disclosure(s): none

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

VIX Punches Through Upper Bollinger Band

The VIX has no idea what is going on in Ireland and has no way of knowing whether the markets are underestimating or overestimating the full extent of the European sovereign debt crisis, not only in the Emerald Isle, but also in Greece and Portugal.

While it is always important to be well-informed when it comes global political and economic flash points, most VIX traders prefer to take a technically-based approach to trading volatility. In this vein, the simplest and most effective approach is to fade any VIX extremes. I have covered many ways to measure VIX extremes in this blog. One of the simplest is to use Bollinger bands to identify VIX values which are extreme enough to invite high probability mean reversion trades.

The chart below is a daily bar snapshot of the VIX, with standard Bollinger band settings (20 days, 2.0 standard deviations), showing that the recent VIX high of 23.06 is well above the 22.45 upper band level of the current Bollinger band settings. For most VIX traders, this means a short VIX play is in order, irrespective of events on the ground in Europe.

For those who are new to volatility trading, keep in mind that VIX spikes have a habit of clustering and creating a vicious cycle. One only has to scroll back six months to see what happened the last time concern about European sovereign debt soared, sending the VIX from 15 to 48 in the space of a month.

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[source: FreeStockCharts.com]

Disclosure(s): short VIX at time of writing

Monday, November 15, 2010

CVOL Begins Trading Today

Today the first non-Barclays volatility ETN began trading (CVOL), whose formal name is (and I am not making this up) “C-Tracks Exchange Traded Notes Based on the Performance of the Citi Volatility Index Total Return.” Fortunately, what I will be affectionately calling CVOL also has a formal short name of “C-Tracks ETN on CVOL” so that if anyone happens to ask you what CVOL stands for at a cocktail party, at least you can blurt out the answer in one breath.

Going forward, the big question is how CVOL and its 3-4 month VIX futures target maturity and 2x leverage component will perform relative to the Barclays competition: VXX and VXZ.

CVOL will need some more volume and liquidity before we can make some meaningful comparisons, but with 3900 shares traded today, at least some investors are already stepping up to the plate.

The links below provide some additional information about CVOL and attempt to locate it in the VIX ETN universe.

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Disclosure(s): short VXX at time of writing

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chart of the Week: Uptick in the Jobs Picture

Lost in all of the attention paid to Ireland, China, Cisco (CSCO) and the week’s other headline grabbers was some signs of progress on the jobs front, specifically in the area of the weekly jobless claims data.

This week’s chart of the week shows initial and continuing jobless claims since 2000 as a percentage of total covered employment in order to adjust for the changing size of the workforce. Note that while initial claims (solid red line) peaked first in March 2009, they have been in a holding period for the last year or so. Continuing claims (dotted blue line) peaked three months later and initially showed a sharper decline. While continuing claims began to form a plateau earlier in the year, the last month or so has seen noticeable improvement, with the trend line now dropping below the gray rectangle which marks the recent consolidation area.

This improvement could be a precursor to some downward movement in the unemployment rate, which may show up as early as in this month’s data.

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[source: Bureau of Labor Statistics]

Disclosure(s): none

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Evolving VIX ETN Landscape

As of today, only four VIX exchange-traded products (ETNs and ETFs) are available for trading. All of these have been Barclays products and three of the four carry the iPath brand name. In descending order of volume, the VIX-based ETNs currently being traded are:

  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX)
  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ)
  • iPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (XXV)
  • Barclays ETN+ S&P VEQTOR ETN (VQT)
Five other companies (ProShares, Direxion, Citigroup, Jefferies and Bank of America) have VIX-based ETNs and ETFs (in the case of ProShares) in registration or have made announcements about forthcoming products, but I am unaware of any target launch dates.  In order to simplify matters a little, henceforth I will start to refer to these products as exchange-traded products or ETPs.

In order to attempt to simplify and catalog the growing universe of available and announced VIX-based ETPs, I have assembled the chart below. The chart uses the y-axis to plot the leverage used (all are standard +1x ETPs, with the exception of the +2x CVOL and the sole inverse product, the -1x XXV) and the x-axis to plot the target maturity. VX 1 mo. is short for VIX futures with a constant maturity of one month, etc.

I have identified each ETP by its ticker (I do not yet have tickers for the Direxion or Bank of America products) and have coded these with a one or two letter suffix to identify the issuer (P for ProShares, D for Direxion, C for Citigroup, J for Jefferies and BA for Bank of America.) ETPs that are currently traded are in bold blue; ETPs that have not yet been launched are in red font.

The final piece of information involves grouping the ETPs into five clusters which represent the five approaches currently being used for VIX-based ETPs. For all intents and purposes, the ETPs in each cluster are (or appear to be, at this juncture) equivalent in construction and should behave in a similar manner. Group #1 for instance, has been the dominant theme in the volatility ETP space to date. The focus here is on VIX futures with a constant maturity of 30 days. VXX was the first to market, but competitive offerings from Jefferies and ProShares are on the way. Group #2 uses a similar approach, but with a 5-month target maturity. Group #3 is the inverse of Group #1.

Group #4 represents what I consider to be a second generation of products, with a dynamic allocation of 2.5% to 40% (see Barclays VEQTOR ETN Begins Trading for details), which is why the group is shown here as having less than +1x leverage.

The newest VIX ETP approach comes from Citigroup, where their CVOL product not only targets a new portion of the VIX futures term structure (3-4 months), but adds a +2x leverage component and also includes a “variable weighted short position in the S&P 500 Total Return Index” as well.

Things continue to get more and more interesting in the VIX ETP space. I look forward to the launch of some of these newer products and to seeing how they perform.

It should go without saying that as the VIX ETP landscape continues to evolve, I will do my best to attempt to map it in a meaningful manner.

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Disclosure(s): none

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Measuring the Pullback

One hour into today’s session finds the S&P 500 index hovering just a few points above the 1200 level as weakness which began on Monday and accelerated yesterday has continued into the early stages of today.

Yesterday, in Looking for SPX Support Levels, I offered up a chartists’ perspective on how far the current pullback might extend. Today I am updating a table which has captured what I consider to be all the significant pullbacks since stocks bottomed in March 2009.

At only 1.9% peak to trough, the current pullback is not yet as significant as any of the previous dozen pullbacks. Using the table as a measuring stick, if the current selloff is able to muster enough bearish momentum to match the group mean, this would take the SPX all the way back to 1151.

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Disclosure(s): none

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Looking for SPX Support Levels

After topping out at a new two-year high of just over 1227 on Friday, the S&P 500 index has begun to show some signs of vulnerability this week, falling 1.5% from that top to the 1208 level today.

I generally think of pullbacks as being meaningful only when they span at least 3% from peak to trough, so assuming the bulls will not continue to drive stocks higher day after day, it is certainly worth considering what sort of support the SPX may have.

The first candidate for support now stands at today’s low of SPX 1208. After that, the psychologically significant 1200 level looms large, particularly since it also acted as the last base before the index soared to a new high. Below 1200, finding support is not as easy.

The chart below highlights two areas of congestion marked in red ovals. The higher one is defined by the 1175-1185 level, where stocks consolidated for about three weeks before moving higher. The lower area of congestion sits in the 1140-1150 range, just above a key Fibonacci support level and reflects the range-bound trading during the second half of September. Below this area on the chart, we encounter residual support levels at 1130 and below from the May to September trading range.

A pullback of 3% would bring the SPX back to about 1190, so I would expect the 1175-1185 to be a critical support level and perhaps the line of demarcation between a minor pullback and a bearish counter trend. Of course the bears have not been able to muster any semblance of bearish momentum since August. but given that the SPX tacked on 187 points (18%) almost without interruption in the interim, the possibility that the next move down could be a sharp one cannot be discounted.

Those concerned about the possibility of a double top should also consider that the On Balance Volume indicator is also pointing to the possibility of a double top. Finally, with the VIX in the low 19s, VIX calls can provide relatively inexpensive portfolio insurance at this juncture, just in case the bulls start to have some second thoughts.

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Disclosure(s): none

[source: StockCharts.com]

Monday, November 8, 2010

VXX 1-4 Reverse Split Reminder, After Today's Close

Just a quick reminder that everyone's favorite VIX ETN, VXX, will undergo a 1-4 reverse split at the close of business today.  Of course the net value of any VXX positions will not be affected, as the split will merely change the units of the holdings in the ETN or in VXX options.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chart of the Week: Andrews Pitchfork View of SPX

I occasionally feature charts with an Andrews Pitchfork in my subscriber newsletter and I am always surprised by how favorable the reaction is. I am not sure why this is the case, but my hunch is that part of the reason has to do with the relative rarity of Andrews Pitchfork charts.

So…in thinking about the week’s market activity and searching for a fresh approach to evaluating the recent movements in stocks, I elected to take a Neptunian approach with the Andrews Pitchfork below.

This week’s chart of the week incorporates four years of weekly SPX bars in order to capture the full extent of the fall from the 2007 highs to the 2009 lows in order to put the recent rise in perspective.

As the chart shows, the Andrews Pitchfork has captured almost perfectly the slope (at least as shown on the semi-log scale below) of the rally in stocks over the course of the last ten weeks. Note that in order for the Andrews Pitchfork to continue to be relevant, stocks will have to continue to rise at their recent rate in order to stay above the bottom prong, which means that looking forward, this graphic will likely have a short half-life.

In a general sense, pitchforks can be a valuable tool for evaluating the strength and sustainability of continuation moves. The slope of the current strikes me as unsustainable, but it will be interesting to see how long the current trend can last.

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Disclosure(s): none

[source: StockCharts.com]

Friday, November 5, 2010

Interesting New Leveraged Volatility ETN Coming from Citi

Yesterday in Citi Files to Offer Long/Short Alternative to VIX ETFs, Murray Coleman of Barron’s tipped me off to a new ETN filing from Citigroup for the C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index ETN, which has been assigned the ticker CVOL.

I’d like to highlight two nuggets from the preliminary pricing supplement.

First, an overview:

The Index is a new index established by Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as index sponsor. The Index is published by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (the “CBOE”) and is a measure of directional exposure to the implied volatility of large-cap U.S. stocks. As a total return index, the value of the Index on any day also includes daily accrued interest on the hypothetical notional value of the Index based on the 3-month U.S Treasury rate and reinvestment into the Index. The methodology of the Index is designed to produce daily returns that are correlated to the CBOE Volatility Index (the “VIX Index”), which is another measure of implied volatility of large-cap U.S. stocks. However, the Index is not the VIX Index, and returns on each of these indices may differ substantially.”
Second, some of the details of how this ETN works:
“The Index methodology uses a combination of returns on (a) a long exposure to third- and fourth-month futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index (the “VIX Index”) published by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the “CBOE”) (the “VIX futures contracts”), multiplied by a factor of two, (b) a weighted short position in the S&P 500® Total Return Index (Bloomberg L.P. ticker symbol “SPXT:IND”) (the “S&P 500® Total Return Index”), as reduced by the Treasury Return determined by the formula described below under “—Composition of the Index—Treasury-Based Interest Accrual Component; Calculation of the Index Level” (the “Treasury Return”) and (c) an interest accrual on the notional value of the Index based on the 3-month U.S Treasury rate and reinvestment into the Index, all as described below.
The weighting of the S&P 500® Total Return Index short position is determined monthly by a regression over a 6-month backward-looking window of (a) the difference between the VIX Index daily returns and twice the daily returns of the relevant VIX futures contracts versus (b) the S&P 500® Total Return Index as reduced by the Treasury Return. See “Risk Factors Relating to the C-Tracks—The Index May Underestimate the Volatility Levels” in this pricing supplement.”
In a nutshell, the forthcoming Citi product tries to find a balance between the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) by using an intermediate point in the VIX term structure and adding leverage. The biggest problem with VXX has been the negative roll yield associated with the persistent contango in the VIX futures. At the other end of the spectrum, the problem with VXZ is that it moves like molasses and typically captures only a small fraction of any move in the VIX and VXX. See Lost in Translation: VXX and VXZ for an overview.

What the Citi product apparently hopes to do is to move down the VIX futures term structure to minimize roll yield and use leverage to amplify the changes in volatility in that portion of the term structure.

While there is no date set for the launch of the new Citi 3-4 month 2x volatility ETN, I am very much looking forward to its launch and firmly believe that it will provide the basis for some very interesting volatility trading opportunities, both on its own or in combination with VXX and VXZ.

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Disclosure(s): short VXX at time of writing

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chinese Stocks Thump U.S. Counterparts

With all the discussion of quantitative easing and elections, it is all too easy to adopt (or continue to cling to) an Americentric view of the investment world.

The truth is, however, that the bulls have been doing much more damage in China as of late than in the United States.

The chart below shows the performance of FXI, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index, for 2010. Note that while much hoopla has been generated over the new 2010 highs in the S&P this week, FXI has repeatedly been making new highs for the year since the beginning of October and is now approximately 10% above previous highs.

Note also that in terms of relative performance (top study), FXI has been outperforming the S&P 500 index consistently going all the way back to the May 6th flash crash.

I have previously talked about thinking of China as a possible leading indicator for U.S. stocks. Recent data suggests that investors may want to give additional thought about the predictive power of Chinese stocks and reorient some of their geographic bias.

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Disclosure(s): Long FXI at time of writing

[source: StockCharts.com]

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Josh Brown’s Favorite Financial Blogs

One year ago, Josh Brown of The Reformed Broker rolled out his personal taxonomy of the financial blogging universe in an incisive and highly acclaimed post, The Periodic Table of Finance Bloggers. VIX and More was pleased to be included in this list, even if there were no signs of volatilium anywhere on his table…

This year the noted analyst and humorist is back again with an updated version of his favorite finance bloggers in Financial Blog Wars. I am glad to say that VIX and More is once again included on the list, but as this year’s theme is Star Wars, this blog is now officially categorized as one of the Droids, whose penchant is for “Technicals, Trading, Charting, Options, and Quantitative Analysis.”

It is always gratifying to be recognized for what is essentially a labor of love, particularly when it comes in esteemed company.

I have not yet attempted to make an all-inclusive list of the various blogging awards that have been bestowed on this blog, but for the record, VIX and More has been mentioned in connection with a number all-star blogging teams in the past, including:

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Disclosure(s): none

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