The VStoxx, Europe’s volatility index, has played second fiddle to the US’s Vix in recent years, as a hedge for eurozone risk or as an alpha-generating strategy. Investors and bankers bemoan the lack of liquidity in the index. But the game is changing. France’s biggest banks — leaders in this, as in other areas of equity derivatives — say the VStoxx is ready to support more products and strategies. As Rob McGlinchey reports, the time is ripe for busier flow from European investors.
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