Barron’s News Story on VXTH-based Fund

An August 28th news article at http://blogs.barrons.com stated —

“First Trust To Launch VIX ‘Tail Hedge’ Fund. The rise of volatility trading products continues. First Trust Advisors is set to launch what it’s calling the First Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge Fund on Thursday … The fund will trade under the ticker VIXH. Here’s the link to the prospectus. …” (link)

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Please read the fund’s prospectus which notes that “The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, of an equity index called the CBOE VIX Tail Hedge Index.”

CBOE VIX TAIL HEDGE INDEXSM (VXTHSM)

The VXTH Index tracks the performance of a hypothetical portfolio that –

  • Buys and holds the performance of the S&P 500® index (the total return index, with dividends reinvested), and
  • Buys one-month 30-delta call options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX)®. New VIX calls are purchased monthly, a procedure known as the “roll.” The weight of the VIX calls in the portfolio varies at each roll and depends on the forward value of VIX, an indicator for the perceived probability of a “swan event”.
  • The weights are determined according to the schedule below and the weights applied at a particular roll date can be seen by opening the VXTH Monthly Roll Spreadsheet at http://www.cboe.com/VXTH/

PAPER ON HEDGING AND TAIL RISK MANAGMENT

Key Tools for Hedging and Tail Risk Management is a paper by Asset Consulting Group (February 2012).  Key highlights from the paper include:

  • Tail Risk Over 25 Years: Since mid-1986 the worst monthly declines for select indexes include: down 28.2% for the S&P GSCI Index, down 21.5% for S&P 500, down 20.2% for MSCI EAFE, and a decline of only 8.6% for the CLL Index (Exhibit B).
  • Risk and Diversification in 2008: Changes for indexes in 2008 – S&P 500® down 37.0%; two indexes with options and stocks – CLL Index down 23.6% and VXTH Index down 19.3 (Exhibit A).
  • Lower Volatility: The CLL has incurred about 70% of the volatility of the S&P 500 over the last 26 years. Select portfolios with the VXTH had less volatility than the S&P 500 over the last 70 months (Exhibits C, F, and O).

More papers and benchmark index information are available at www.cboe.com/benchmarks

Two of the Exhibits from the paper are below.

 

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Volatility indexes  www.cboe.com/volatility

CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) (with put-call ratios, CFE, charts, bibliography, etc.)  www.cboe.com/VIX

CBOE Risk Management Conference in Ireland – Sept. 5 – 7 2012 www.cboermc.com/Europe

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