How Does TVIX Work?

VelocityShares’ TVIX Exchange Trade Note is a 2X leveraged account that tracks short-term volatility. This post shall discuss TVIX‘s internal workings, including how it trades, how its value is established, what it monitors, and exactly how VelocityShares makes money onto it. How does TVIX trade? For the most part, TVIX trades such as a stock. It could be bought, sold, or sold short anytime the marketplace is open up, including pre-market and after-market time periods. With the average daily level of 30 million shares, its liquidity is excellent and its own bid/ask spread is a penny.

Like a stock, TVIX’s shares can be divided or slow break up. In fact, TVIX has reverse split 6 times since its inception in November 2010. You can see TVIX’s history of reverse splits and my predicted date for the next reverse split here. TVIX has a 1.5X leveraged Exchange Traded Fund cousin-ProShares’ UVXY. The February 5th It used to be 2X leveraged also but was deleveraged after, 2018 volatility Tsunami. Unlike the 1.5X leveraged UVXY there are no possibilities on TVIX.

TVIX can be exchanged in most IRAs / Roth IRAs, although your broker will probably need you to electronically signal a waiver that documents the various risks with this security. Shorting of any security is prohibited in an IRA. How is TVIX’s value set up? Unlike stocks, buying TVIX will not give you a share of the corporation. You can find no sales, no quarterly reports, no revenue/loss, no PE proportion, no prospect of getting dividends. Just forget about doing fundamental style analysis on TVIX.

According to its prospectus, the worthiness of TVIX is carefully linked with double the daily come back of the S&P VIX Short-Term Futurestm . The index is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The theoretical value of TVIX if it were properly tracking 2X the daily returns of the short-term index is released every 15 seconds as the “intraday indicative” (IV) value.

Wholesalers called “Authorized Participants” (APs) will sometimes intervene on the market if the trading value of TVIX diverges too much from the IV value. If TVIX is trading enough below the IV value they start buying large blocks of TVIX-which tends to drive the purchase price up, and if it’s trading above they will brief TVIX.

The APs have an contract with Credit Suisse which allows these to do these restorative maneuvers at a income, so they are motivated to keep TVIX’s tracking in good form highly. What does TVIX track? Ideally, TVIX would exactly track the CBOE’s VIX index-the market’s de facto volatility sign. However, since there are no investments available that directly track the VIX VelocityShares thought we would track the next best choice: VIX futures.

VIX Futures are not as volatile as the VIX itself; solutions (e.g., like Barclays’ VXX) that hold unleveraged positions in VIX futures typically only move about 55% just as much as the VIX. This shortfall leaves volatility junkies clamoring for more-hence the 2X leveraged TVIX and the 1.5X leveraged UVXY. TVIX tries to track double the daily percentage techniques of the S&P VIX Short-Term Futurestm index (minus investor fees).

This index manages a hypothetical collection of both nearest to expiration VIX futures contracts. Day the index specifies a new mix of VIX futures for the reason that profile Every. For more information on how the index itself works see this post or the VXX prospectus. TVIX’s monitoring to its target index is much less good as UVXY’s.

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I’ll enter the details of why later in the post, but typically you pay a premium of around 1% for TVIX shares in accordance with the index it tracks, compared to a premium of 0.25% for UVXY. To get a security as volatile as TVIX this is not a particularly big offer, but worth knowing.

If you want to understand how 2X leveraged money work at length you should read this post, however in brief, you should know that the 2X leverage only pertains to daily percentage earnings, not longer-term profits. Having a leveraged fund, longer-term results depend on the volatility of the market and general developments.