Short vol trick collapses as markets whipsaw

The viability of short volatility strategies in derivatives markets was dealt a severe blow this week, after a historic spike in equity volatility torpedoed popular exchange traded notes. Costas Mourselas reports.

  • By Costas Mourselas
  • 08 Feb 2018
The notes, issued by Nomura, Credit Suisse and others, were designed to rise in value as implied equity volatility on the S&P 500, represented by the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index (Vix), stayed low. The Vix is calculated using options prices on the S&P 500, with higher ...

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