Volatility ETFs for Playing Market Activity

List of Volatility ETFs That Track the VIX

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Since the creation of the stock market over 200 years ago, stocks move. They move everyday. Some more than others. And this movement is commonly referred to as volatility.

And of course investors want the opportunity to trade volatility if they have an opinion about market “activeness”. Or in other cases they may want to protect their portfolios from the movement and hedge volatility.

Enter the VIX Index.

Created in 1993 as an index to track stock market volatility, the index trades on the CBOE (Chicago) and is considered a key measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500 stock index option prices and the world's premier barometer of investor sentiment and market volatility.

And since the inception of the VIX, relate products have launched using the index as an underlying asset or benchmark. Options, futures, and most recently ETFs.

I talk about the benefits of ETFs all the time and for investors who want to take advantage and use ETFs over an index (or to hedge an index), then a volatility ETF just may be the preferred investment over the VIX.

To help with that decision, I’ve compiled a list of volatility funds for your research. Market volatility (and the VIX) tends to increase as the market declines and vice versa, so watch how these funds react to the market swings and decide which are the best fit for your portfolio…

List of VIX ETFs and ETNs (Volatility Funds and Notes)

  • BNPV - BNP Paribas Enhanced Volatility Fund
  • CEZ - Victory CEMP Emerging Market Volatility Weighted Index ETF
  • CFO - Compass EMP U.S. 500 Enhanced Volatility Weighted Index ETF
  • CFA - Compass EMP U.S. 500 Volatility Weighted Index ETF
  • CDC - Compass EMP U.S. EQ Income 100 Enhanced Volatility Weighted ETF
  • CID - Compass EMP International High Dividend 100 Volatility Weighted Index ETF
  • CIL - The Compass EMP International 500 Volatility Weighted Index ETF
  • CVOL - C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index Total Return ETN
  • FXEP - Power Shares Developed Euro Pacific Currency Hedged Low Volatility Portfolio ETF (Recently Closed)
  • FXJP - Power Shares Japan Currency Hedged Low Volatility Portfolio ETF (Recently Closed)
  • FXEU - The Power Shares Europe Currency Hedged Low Volatility Portfolio
  • IVOP - iPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
  • HACV - iShares Currency Hedged MSCI ACWI Minimum Volatility ETF
  • HEFV - iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility ETF
  • HEMV - iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EM Minimum Volatility ETF
  • HEUV - iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility ETF
  • LVHD - Legg Mason Low Volatility High Dividend ETF
  • ONEV - SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focus ETF
  • OVLC - Guggenheim U.S. Large Cap Optimized Volatility ETF
  • SLOW - ALPS Sector Low Volatility ETF (Recently Closed)
  • SPXH - Velocity Shares Volatility Hedged Large Cap ETF
  • SVXY - ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
  • TVIX - Velocity Shares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN
  • TVIZ - Velocity Shares Daily 2x VIX Mid Term ETN
  • UVXY - ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
  • VIIX - Velocity Shares VIX Short Term ETN
  • VIIZ - Velocity Shares VIX Mid Term ETN
  • VIXM - ProShares VIX Mid Term Futures ETF
  • VIXX - Jefferies S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETF
  • VIXY - ProShares VIX Short Term Futures ETF
  • VXUP - AccuShares Spot CBOE VIX Up Shares ETF
  • VXDN - AccuShares Spot CBOE VIX Down Shares ETF
  • VXX - iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
  • VXZ - iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN
  • VZZB - iPath Long Enhanced S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN
  • VMAX - REX Vol MAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF
  • VMIN - REX Vol MAXX Inverse VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF
  • XIV - Velocity Shares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN
  • XXV - Barclays ETN+ Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
  • XVIX - UBS E-TRACS Daily Long Short VIX ETN
  • XVZ - S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN
  • XRLV -  Power Shares S&P 500 ex-Rate Sensitive Low Volatility Portfolio ETF
  • ZIV - Velocity Shares Daily Inverse VIX Mid Term ETN

There is actually more ETNs than ETFs, but there is a mix of both and over the course of time we may see this ratio change, so I will keep this list up to date for you.