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Read Examining VIX ETF Performance During A Sell-Off. The VIX is an index and can't be traded directly. Similar to the fact that you can't really buy the S&P index, you either try to replicate it yourself, or buy an ETF. The VIX ETFs, per this article, don't correlate 100% to the VIX itself. Not to be snarky, but specific to your question "how this ...


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You can pull up the VIX index on Google Finance by entering INDEXCBOE:VIX


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For whatever reason, I don't believe they offer it. Yahoo does. A google for google finance VIX turns up people asking the question, but no quote on google.


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There is no good proxy for VIX, because it is a completely made-up value. Most listed options trade on an underlying security. I can therefore choose to buy either the stock, or a future or option on that stock. In this way, the future and option are derivatives in that they derive their value (in part) based on something else, in this case the stock ...


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See the FTSE Volatility Index. You can see the current index on the Bloomberg site (just one place of many to read it): http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=VFTSE:IND You can find background info on what brought the index about, and how to read it, here: http://www.euronext.com/news/press_release/press_release-1731-EN.html?docid=543819 FTA: "Market ...


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I'd look at VXX, I believe it closely tracks what you are looking to do. http://www.ipathetn.com/product/VXX/ However, as already noted in other responses, this isn't trading VIX itself (in fact it is impossible to do so). Instead, this ETF gives exposure to short-term SP500 futures contracts, which in theory should be very correlated to market volatility....


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I don't know what transpired on the show "Billions" so I can't address their position or how they managed it. If you correctly described Axe's statement, it would be incorrect. XIV is exchange-traded note (ETN) that is designed to provide inverse performance of the VIX. So you several choices to avoid further losses during a drop: You can close your ...


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While we're not supposed to make direct recommendations, and I am in no way advising anything, USO an ETF that buys light sweet crude oil futures with the intention of mirroring the price movements of oil.


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Generally, ETFs work on the basis that there exists a pair of values that can be taken at any moment in time: A Net Asset Value of each share in the fund and a trading market price of each share in the fund. It may help to picture these in baskets of about 50,000 shares for the creation/redemption process. If the NAV is greater than the market price, then ...


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The VIX is just a weighted sum of options prices (see white paper). The weights are set so that the index represents something called model-free implied volatility. You can trade future levels of the VIX using VIX futures, or you do this indirectly by buying or selling ETFs which hold VIX futures. You should use it as you would use any other financial or ...


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