Inverse Volatility ETFs

Most of these ETFs seek to provide investors exposure to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX). These ETFs can be used to profit from declines in VIX index as they are designed to appreciate in value when volatility levels drop. We view inverse or leveraged ETF categories as simply suited for aggressive investors only who are willing to accept the exaggerated returns offered by these particular ETFs and are prone to more active portfolio management. We see limited appeal for long-term investors.


Category Grade

This category ranks #62 out of 65 ETF categories.


Avg. SMART Grade

The average cap-weighted SMART Grade for ETFs in this category is C (Neutral).

Fund Symbol/Name Last Open High Low 52-Wk Hi 52-Wk Lo Day Chg YTD Chg 12-Mo Chg AUM Exp. Ratio SMART Grade
ProShares Short VIX Short Term Futures ETF
41.75 41.33 41.75 41.22 69.57 24.02 -0.08
0.75% -38.97% 426.67M 0.95% C
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium Term ETN
28.90 29.64 29.91 28.80 78.15 26.07 -0.03
-59.80% -61.95% N/A N/A NR
Not Rated
VelocityShares 1x Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN
7.45 7.41 7.45 7.40 51.40 5.00 +0.03
-83.10% -76.70% N/A N/A NR
Not Rated

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