Buy VXX to Play Volatility Not to Hedge Your Stocks
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on February 26th, 2013
It makes me want to pull my hair out when I hear people say they bought $VXX Calls to hedge their stock exposure. Why would you do this? VXX is a derivative ETF modeled on the Volatility Index, $VIX, that (to me at least) kind of randomly uses near the money option strikes to create a momentum like statistic. Does that seem like the perfect hedge to JP Morgan, ExonnMobil or any sector ETF for that matter? Below are the 6 month, 3 month, 1 month and 1 week performance charts of the $VXX and all the major market ETF’s, $SPY, $IWM, $QQQ, $DIA. Notice which four track each other and which one is randomly moving. If you want to play swings in volatility then fine, play with the VXX, but don’t kid yourself. As a final note, based on that weekly chart at the bottom, seems to me that the trade is to sell $VXX against your Equities. Have a nice day!
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded in the Securities markets since 1986. He has held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)
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