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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Volatility ETFs Are Finally Doing Alright, Sorta

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Funds that bet on market volatility haven’t done so well this year—but that seems to have changed a bit Wednesday, according to Barron’s.

For example, according to the publication, the ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF,down about 97 percent year to date, is up 10 percent in late-session trading. The VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN, also down roughly 97 percent for the year, is up 9 percent. Meanwhile, the Barclays iPath S&P 500 Short-term VIX Futures ETN, down 79 percent this year, is ahead by more than five percent.

The article also notes that some funds are betting that upcoming Federal Reserve activity will quash market volatility.

Read more in Barron’s.  

Edited by: Tommy Fernandez

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