Slicing and Dicing All 31 Flavors Of The VIX ETPs (VIXY, TVIX, VXZ, XIV, VXX)

Bill Luby: Ten months have passed since the last time I attempted to graphically depict all the VIX-based exchange-traded products. At that time there were 16 such securities; now that number has swelled to 31 and two have closed their doors (IVO and VZZ) along the way.

The graphic below attempts to map the herd onto an x-axis for target duration and a y-axis for leverage. In addition to these important criteria, I have also further delineated the group by identifying the four ProShares ETFs in black (the balance are all ETNs), highlighting the five optionable ETPs with a red O preceding their ticker and flagging the two VIX ETPs that have some non-VIX components (in the form of the S&P 500 index) with a black triangle. For good measure I have identified the issuer with a parenthetical one letter abbreviation (Barclays,VelocityShares, ProShares and UBS).

It is worth noting that earlier in the month S&P and VelocityShares announced several new VIX futures strategy indices that hint at future VIX ETPs, all of which will include both a long leg and a short (inverse) leg.

The VIX ETP space is already an exciting one, with over $2.1 billion in assets and daily volume of over 45 million shares per day. As exciting as 2011 has been in this space, things look to be heating up even more in 2012.

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Related: ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSEARCA:VIXY),  VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX ST ETN (NYSEARCA:TVIX),  iPath S&P 500 VIX  Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX), iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term  Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXZ), VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX (NYSEARCA:XIV).

Written By Bill Luby From The VIX and More Disclosure(s): No Positions

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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