Tag Archives: S&P Dow Jones Indices

A study considering the advantages of tying a Variable Annuity fee to VIX

This paper explores the use of the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX)® in setting the risk charge (“fee”) for a variable annuity (VA) product guarantee, and will demonstrate the potential advantages – both to variable annuity carriers and to policy holders – of calculating the fee as a function of VIX. This paper will analyze the use of […]

The Disciplined Investor Podcast: Understanding VIX

In a recent podcast with Andrew Horowitz from The Disciplined Investor, I discussed what the VIX is, how it is structured and common misconceptions about the index.  Click here to listen to the full podcast.

Trading VIX – Trade-off between Liquidity, Beta Exposure and Roll Cost

Besides commodities, volatility is another example of the application of futures-based indices. Spot volatility, as measured by the VIX, is not tradeable as the index represents the weighted average of implied volatilities of various options on the S&P 500. Prior to the introduction of VIX futures on the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2004, equity […]

CNBC ꞌWorldwide Exchangeꞌ Interview with David Blitzer on the 25th Anniversary of Black Monday

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee, discusses Black Monday with CNBC.  Watch the video clip

Q&A on VIX from CBOE Webcast

Yesterday I hosted a webcast for CBOE on trading exchange traded products that base their performance on VIX strategies.  During the webcast Barb and I fielded several very good questions regarding VIX.  A few highlights are below – Can you comment on the recent relatively low level of VIX? VIX has been under 20 and […]

ETF Trends Article – VIX ETFs: Get Ready for UVXY Reverse Split

John Spence, Web Editor at ETF Trends, states that “ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEArca: UVXY) will reverse split shares 1-for-10 after yesterday’s closing bell.”  Click here to access the full article.

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