NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Indices announced today the launch of the S&P 500® VIX® Futures Long/Short Strategy Index Series, consisting of six indices, each designed to be used as a tool for a strategy that seeks to gain effective exposure to a specific volatility strategy. S&P Indices, with an agreement from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the creator of the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), has licensed VelocityShares, a creator of exchange traded products for sophisticated investors, to launch exchanged traded products ("ETPs") based upon the index family.
The S&P 500 VIX Futures Long/Short Strategy Index Series takes advantage of the convex return profile of a daily resetting return series. A convex profile is characteristic of an investment strategy that generally seeks to participate in market increases while also seeking to mute losses in market downturns.
This convex return profile, combined with the negative mean and positive skew of S&P 500 VIX Futures Index returns, targets a profile with risk-return characteristics that can be tailored to specific investor needs. Each index in the series includes both long and short positions, each of which reset daily, in S&P VIX futures indices. The target ratio of long exposure to short exposure is different for each index, and the indices are rebalanced to target weights on a quarterly basis.
"The S&P 500 VIX Futures Long/Short Strategy Index Series is designed to be used as a tool by sophisticated investors looking to measure a specific volatility exposure," says Berlinda Liu, director of index research and design at S&P Indices. "They are the next generation of volatility indices providing traders and institutional investors with a tool for a strategy that seeks to harness volatility markets efficiently."
"We are very pleased to have been instrumental in the development of this breakthrough offering," says Nick Cherney, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of VelocityShares. "This new family of indices revolutionizes the landscape for volatility and tail risk investors."
The six indices launched today, as part of the S&P 500 VIX Futures Long/Short Strategy Index Series, include:
- The S&P 500 VIX Futures Variable Long/Short Index – Short Term; and the S&P 500 VIX Futures Variable Long/Short Index – Mid Term: These indices are designed as a tool for a strategy that seeks to provide a potential opportunity to achieve a positive return from either the negative carry in VIX futures or a large spike in CFE VIX futures.
- The S&P 500 VIX Futures Tail Risk Index – Short Term; and the S&P 500 VIX Futures Tail Risk Index – Mid Term: These indices are designed as a tool for a strategy that seeks to provide a long volatility exposure, the cost (due to negative roll yield) of which may potentially be partially or completely offset by a rebalanced short exposure.
- The S&P 500 VIX Futures Short Volatility Hedged Index – Short Term; and the S&P 500 VIX Futures Short Volatility Hedged Index – Mid Term: These indices are designed as a tool for a strategy that seeks to provide a potential opportunity to achieve a positive return from the negative carry in CFE VIX futures, while providing a hedge against a large spike in CFE VIX futures.
CBOE introduced the CBOE Volatility Index in 1993 as the first measure of volatility in the overall market. VIX futures began trading at the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) in 2004 and VIX options began trading at CBOE in 2006. VIX is a registered trademark of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE). CBOE has granted S&P Indices a license to use the VIX methodology to create a variety of VIX Indices.
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About S&P Indices
S&P Indices, a leading brand of the McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array of investor needs. Over $1.25 trillion is directly indexed to Standard & Poor's family of indices, which includes the S&P 500, the world's most followed stock market index, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, the S&P Global BMI, an index with approximately 11,000 constituents, the S&P GSCI, the industry's most closely watched commodities index, and the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, the premier investable index for U.S. municipal bonds. For more information, please visit: www.standardandpoors.com/indices.
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About CBOE Volatility (VIX) Indexes
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the leading exchange in the volatility space and the home of volatility benchmarks, strategies and products, calculates and disseminates benchmark data on nearly two dozen different volatility-related indexes, including the widely followed CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the leading barometer of investor sentiment and stock market volatility. In addition to its suite of benchmarks and strategies, volatility options and futures contracts on VIX are traded at CBOE and CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), respectively. For more information, see www.cboe.com/volatility.
CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures Exchange(SM) is a servicemark of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE).
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