Backtests for VelocityShares’ BSWN, LSVX, and XIVH Exchange Traded Notes

I have generated simulated end-of-day close indicative share values (4:15 PM ET) for VelocityShares’ BSWN, LSVX, and XIVH Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) from March 31st, 2004 through July 14th, 2016.

  • BSWN VelocityShares VIX Tail Risk ETN
  • LSVX  VelocityShares VIX Variable Long/Short ETN
  • XIVH    VelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN

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VQTS: A Large Cap Investment That Protects Itself

Update In August 2016 UBS terminated VQTS.  UBS wasn’t particularly patient with the fund, it had only been operational since December 4th, 2014, but it never gained much in the way of assets.  As you can see below VQTS was a complex fund driven by factors that historically seemed to be good predictors of future market action, but like most funds that use backtested strategies …

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SPXH—Hedging the S&P 500 For Free?

Update TRSK & SPXH were shutdown in March 2018, probably because they never gained enough assets to be profitable for the issuer.  In general, these fund performed as expected.  They likely would have really done well in a major correction or bear market but that didn’t happen during their lifetimes.  Their main weakness is that they tended to lose value when volatility makes sudden shifts. …

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