"Standard & Poor's, the world's leading index provider, announced today the launch of the S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR Index which dynamically allocates between equity, volatility and cash to provide broad equity market exposure with an implied volatility hedge. 'Implied equity volatility typically has a strong negative correlation to equity market returns, and is considered a useful tool to hedge against the potential downside risk of the broad equity market,' says Liz Taxin, Director of Strategy Indices for S&P Indices. The S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR Index is comprised of three components: Equity, as represented by the S&P 500; Volatility, as represented by the S&P 500 Short-Term VIX Futures Index; and Cash, as represented by the Overnight LIBOR rate. The Index allocates between equity and volatility based on the combination of realized and implied volatility trend decision variables, and these allocations are evaluated on a daily basis."
(PR newswire – 11/18/09)
Schaeffer's addendum: So Standard & Poor's is going to be able to successfully determine: 1. When it's a good time to be heavily invested in equities, and when it's not, and 2. Whether the non-equity balance should be invested in "volatility" or in cash. I say "Good luck with that" to their "Director of Strategy Indices."
But another thought occurs. With the enormous growth in volume and open interest in such volatility-based derivatives as the CBOE's VIX options, in conjunction with the growing appetite for hedging volatility, will this result in a period of:
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