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List of Inverse Vix ETFs

Updated Feb 18, 2020
Inverse VIX ETFs are the exchange-traded funds that attempt to provide returns which are inverse of those realized from the VIX index. VIX (the CBOE Volatility Index) is a standard index that tracks the volatility at the market level. The VIX index is a standard market measure to gauge the volatility of the overall market, and uses a standard mathematical model based on options to compute the value of the VIX index.

How Inverse VIX ETFs Work?

Inverse VIX ETFs are aimed at replicating the performance of the VIX index but in the reverse direction of the movement of the index. Such financial products offer positive returns when the volatility goes down, and may lead to losses when the volatility goes up.
An inverse VIX product is the one that aims to generate returns which are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction of the volatility moves. Therefore, when the market volatility, as represented by VIX goes up by say 3 percent, the return from the inverse VIX product is expected to go down by similar 3 percent.
Though such exchange traded funds (ETF) provide a very convenient and cost-effective method to trade volatility in the reverse direction, they come with their own set of risks. In extreme cases, an investor may suffer big losses as it occurred during early February of 2018 when VIX went up by more than 100 percent, and the returns from the inverse VIX ETF went down by around 95 percent. Similarly, in recent times (on 27 February 2020) when the VIX value shot up to the highs of around 39, the returns from inverse volatility ETF collapsed by around 5 percent on a single day.
Nevertheless, inverse ETFs allow another medium of playing volatility in the market. Additionally, one can also explore other popular classes of inverse ETFs which include Inverse S&P 500 ETFs and the much broader Inverse Equity ETFs for taking a shot at the inverse of the overall market.
Following is the list of all 3 exchange-traded funds that FKnol has in its database for ETFs which belong to the Inverse Vix category:

All Inverse Vix ETFs

List of All Inverse Vix ETFs

TickerNameShort DescriptionExpense
Ratio
No. of
Holdings
Dividend
Frequency
Asset
Class
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium Term ETNThe VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN provides daily inverse exposure to an index that tracks the price performance of futures contracts on the VIX with an average maturity of 5 months. ...Full Details1.35%1NAMid Term Volatility
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETNThe VelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN provides inverse exposure to an index of futures on the Euro STOXX Volatility Index, or VSTOXX, with a weighted average maturity of one month. ...Full Details1.35%1AnnuallyShort Term Volatility
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term FuturesThe ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures provides inverse exposure to an index comprising first- and second-month VIX future positions resulting in a weighted average maturity of 1 month. ...Full Details1.38%1NAShort Term Volatility

All Inverse Vix ETFs

Where do Inverse Vix ETFs Invest?

A long list of companies and different financial instruments exist where the Inverse Vix exchange-traded funds may invest the money collected from the ETF investors. Below is a small sample of companies whose stocks may qualify for investment by Inverse Vix ETFs, though there can be many more businesses and financial instruments where these ETFs can park the capital for returns:
Company (Ticker)Company DescriptionMarket Cap%YTD Gains

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