“TVIX” ETN Topples “VXX” ETN As Highest Volume VIX ETP

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February 18, 2012 2:28pm NYSE:TVIX NYSE:VXX

Bill Luby:  With just a few minutes before the close, it is now almost certain that VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSEArca:TVIX) is going to dethrone iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures

ETN (NYSEArca:VXX) as the most heavily traded VIX exchange-traded product (ETP), with TVIX trading 29 million shares and VXX at 25 million.

VXX, which just celebrated its third birthday at the end of January has reigned supreme in volume and assets since the first week it was launched. TVIX has a long way to go before it matches VXX in terms of assets, but the gap is narrowing quickly.

Based on some questions I have received from retail investors, it seems as if many who are new to the TVIX party do not understand the nuances or even the basics of this product – so it looks like another round of education is in order.

For the record, not only has TVIX dethroned VXX, but VelocityShares has also overtaken Barclays/iPath as the #1 provider of VIX-based ETPs in terms of volume. It will be interesting to see how Barclays addresses this in terms of future products.

Disclosure(s): short VXX and TVIX at time of writing

Written By Bill Luby From The VIX and More   

Bill is a private investor who also authors the VIX and More (http://vixandmore.blogspot.com/) blog and an investment newsletter from just north of San Francisco.  His  research and trading interests focus on volatility, market sentiment, technical analysis, and ETFs. Prior to becoming a full-time  investor, Bill was a business strategy consultant for two decades and advised clients across a broad range of industries on issues such as strategy  formulation, strategy implementation, and metrics. When not trading or blogging, he can often be found running, hiking, and kayaking in Northern California.  Bill  has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.


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