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Using Long Volatility Exposure to Hedge a Portfolio

Investors need to understand that the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) is not the same as VIX futures, and this has important implications when it comes to trying to hedge a portfolio with a long volatility approach. The VIX index itself is a fantastic indicator of 30-day implied volatility. VIX futures are simply the market’s best guess where the VIX index will be on settlement at that point in time.
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Amidst the Turmoil, Active Management and Hedged Equity Could Bolster Portfolio Performance

2020 continues to throw curveballs at the world, and especially financial markets. The economy and the stock market have become decoupled. In this historic time, we have seen historic stimulus from the congress and the Fed, leaving behind news events and stories that would normally drive the market lower. China trade deal falling apart, historic unemployment levels, the VIX remaining elevated, and now widespread civil unrest. But we can’t deny that the market is going higher, so we need to adjust.
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Learning from Past Market Correction Modes

Last month, I discussed how there are many similarities to 2007, with volatility and bond prices moving together. Couple some economic data like housing permit growth, PE for stocks, a rally in gold, and household debt all looking like 2007 numbers with volatility and bonds looking like investors are getting ready to head for the hills in the stock market, and the backdrop looks like a recession was imminent.
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