XXV (iPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN)
XXV Exposure and Basic Characteristics
XXV is a short VIX ETN by Barclays iPath. It is designed to track the inverse of S&P500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index (excess return) and therefore provides short volatility exposure on the short (near) end of the VIX futures curve. XXV is much less liquid than other short VIX ETFs and ETNs like XIV (by VelocityShares) or SVXY (by ProShares), which provide similar exposures.
Direction: Short, unleveraged
Underlying index: S&P500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ER
Exposure: Short of the short end of the VIX futures curve (short positions in the nearest and the second nearest VIX futures contract months, rolling to maintain constant 1 month maturity).
XXV options: Not available
Product type: ETN (exchange traded note)
Issuer: Barclays Bank PLC
Provider: Barclays iPath
Inception date: 16 July 2010
Official Information and Links
The iPath® Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ ETN is designed to provide investors with inverse exposure to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index Excess Return. … The S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index Excess Return (the “Index”) is designed to reflect the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in short-term futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index®. The Index offers exposure to a daily rolling long position in the first and second month VIX Index futures contracts and reflects the implied volatility of the S&P 500® at various points along the volatility forward curve. Source: Official website and factsheet (see links below).
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