The Market Crash's Biggest Loser Is Down 94% in One Week

ETrade Bans Margin Trading on Volatility ETF as Swings Increase

Taking the time to properly research any stock investment may be a good way to eliminate costly impulse buys.

US stocks, which triggered the global reversal on Friday when payrolls data showed a spike in wage inflation, suffered their worst fall since August 2011 on Monday.

And it's gonna be an even greater trade going forward, according to Credit Suisse: "History shows that investing following spikes in Volatility tends to lead to above average returns", the strategists wrote, pointing to data on buying into those two stock indexes when volatility is elevated.

The VIX index has more than tripled since last week as a rise in bond yields, on fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve will need to adopt a more aggressive rate hike policy as inflation picks up, roiled stocks.

The CBOE Volatility Index, better known as the VIX, is the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term volatility for the S&P 500 Index.

The product was devised in order to benefit from the calming impact on the stock markets of initiatives such as quantitative easing.

The robust hedging activity was in line with a spike in equity market volatility rising to a level not seen in months, said Jim Strugger, derivatives strategist at MKM Partners in NY. Much of that volume and related revenue could dry up, however, as exchange-traded notes (ETNs) linked to the VIX index are shuttering their doors.

Last year, traders argued that the VIX remained depressed because realized volatility in USA equities has diminished and economic fundamentals remain supportive.

But even if you think market volatility will subside, the sudden sell-off exposed major risks to using these investments.

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And amid the market turmoil overnight, the S&P500 VIX Index jumped by more than 100% to close at a reading of 37.32.

"Even though at some point investors will show up to buy the dip in stocks, we don't think short volatility is a buy here", said Stephen Aniston, president of investment adviser Black Peak Capital, in CT.

Investors said the proliferation of short-term traders, some using computers to trigger trading decisions, had also exacerbated the price swings of the past few days. Currently, the 14-day ADX for VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN Ipath (VXZ) is 39.73.

The repercussions have been severe for some funds. Cerebellum GP LLC owned approximately 0.12% of iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Credit Suisse will begin shutting down the XIV ETN after announcing an "acceleration event".

A similar note issued by Nomura was also...

Several risky funds that reward investors when the markets are quiet imploded in the global market rout.

This was the first serious test for these ETFs, most of which were launched after the global financial crisis. The ATR is not used to figure out price direction, just to measure volatility. ETPs that track VIX futures allow investors to profit during rising volatility or hedge against short-term turns.

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