Investors Flee Low-Volatility Funds As VIX Crashes Again (SPLV)

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We recently pointed out some profit taking in one of the largest “Low Volatility Equity” ETFs this morning in our Fund Flows recap, with $650 million leaving SPLV (PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio, Expense Ratio 0.25%, $6.6 billion in AUM) via redemption flows.
NYSE:SPLV May 25, 2017 12:06pm

iPath S&P 500 VIX ETN (VXX) Plunges Back To New All-Time Lows

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Analyst/ETF Trader Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today points out a drop in volatility that happened almost as quickly as last week's spike, and subsequent flight away from low-volatility products.
NYSE:VXX

BlackRock: Forget Washington, Watch The Credit Markets (IVV)

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From BlackRock: With political uncertainty on the rise in D.C., will market volatility spike? Russ Koesterich discusses why the economy and credit markets matter more.
NYSE:IVV May 24, 2017 7:20am

Should We Be Worried About Record Low S&P 500 Volatility? (SPY)

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From Tony Sagami: Feeling pretty good about the stock market? Perhaps not you in particular … but investors in general don’t seem to have a care in the world.
NYSE:SPY

Selling In May Isn’t Working Out So Well, Except For Long Vol ETPs

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Analyst/ETF Trader Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today looks at the seemingly immutable large cap equities rally and subsequent decimation of long volatility ETPs.
NYSE:VXX May 23, 2017 1:39pm

BlackRock: Volatility Spikes Tend To Be Buy Signals (IVV)

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From BlackRock: Wall Street’s fear gauge, the VIX, remains below its long-term average, even after last week’s spike. Richard explains how not to interpret today’s low equity market volatility.
NYSE:IVV

“Vol of Vol” Alive And Well As We Head Toward End Of Month

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Analyst/ETF Trader Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today focuses on the back-and-forth action in volatility-based futures and their ETP counterparts.
NYSE:UVXY May 22, 2017 11:29am

Speculators Have Never Been This Short VIX, Despite Record Lows

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From Tyler Durden: This is not how it's supposed to work, but perhaps we're seeing the "new normal" when it comes to ultra-low volatility.
NASDAQ:XIV

How Stock Traders Overreacted To Wednesday’s Big Selloff

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From Dana Lyons: Volatility expectations took record jumps during Wednesday’s “big” selloff.
NASDAQ:XIV May 20, 2017 6:32am

USMV: Looking For Calm In The Storm

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The markets reminded us on Wednesday how even the calmest environment can turn volatile quickly. The markets started losing faith that events in Washington would come to a non-eventful conclusion and began dumping risky assets en masse.
NYSE:USMV May 18, 2017 2:14pm

Are Investors Becoming Numb To Risk?

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From Invesco: Stocks barely hiccupped last week despite the onslaught of geopolitical headlines. But the big news was that volatility hit a historic low of 9.77 — its lowest level in more than 20 years — last week.1 Clearly, the world has not become less volatile, so what could this indicate?
NYSE:SPY May 16, 2017 5:49am

Volatility-Linked ETPs Still Seeing Inflows, Despite Continual Lows

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Analyst/ETF Trader Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today looks at continued outperforming inflows for international funds, and once again fresh all-time lows for long volatility ETPs.
NASDAQ:TVIX May 15, 2017 11:29am

Explaining The Divergence Between Volatility And Uncertainty

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From Lizz Ann Sonders: Much ink has been spilled lately by the financial press on the dramatic move down in market volatility as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), to the lowest level since February 2007, as seen in the chart below.
NYSE:VXX May 10, 2017 6:40am

A Complete Lack Of Market Volatility Shouldn’t Worry Investors

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From Jon Markman: Historically, the Chicago Board Options Exchange SPX Volatility Index (VIX) is a measure of investor anxiety.
NASDAQ:XIV May 9, 2017 9:12am

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