The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) was fractionally higher Wednesday morning after a two-day rally on fears the U.S. may launch a military strike on Syria as soon as this week.
If VXX closes Wednesday higher, it would be the exchange traded note’s first three-day up streak since May. [Best ETFs for a September Stock Market Crash]
The absence of prolonged VXX rallies shows that volatility has remained subdued during the summer and that pullbacks have been relatively shallow. [VIX ETFs Up on Market Jitters]
VXX is designed to replicate the performance of VIX futures, not the spot price. This is a key difference because VIX-futures products can lose money on roll trades when the market is in “contango.” [VIX ETF Traders are Gluttons for Punishment]
VXX is down about 48% year to date. The ETN is testing its 50-day moving average.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
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