V1-VOLATILITY TRADING PROGRAM is basically a market neutral, volatility arbitrage trading strategy. It exploits the term structure (contango and backwardation) of the VIX futures premium.
The strategy aims to profit from the contango of VIX futures (the price of front month VIX futures is lower than price of more distant months), as VIX futures trade at contango over 90% of the time. When the term structure changes from contango to backwardation, the strategy adapts to the changing market condition.
V1 uses time series analysis and does not use classical fundamental or technical analysis. The strategy can trade either iPath's S&P 500 VIX short/mid term futures ETNs (VXX, VXZ - prefered) or S&P 500 VIX short/mid term futures (VX, VM). V1 adjusts portfolio components on daily basis. The combined net leverage (long minus short positions leverage) is less than 0.3. The strategy uses relatively low leverage in order to prevent disastrous drawdowns from overleveraged trading.
Strategy returns are weakly correlated with S&P 500 index returns. Since this strategy is not correlated to swing and trend following strategies, it can be seen as an excellent complement to them.
Monthly returns are based on proforma adjustments to a proprietary account to reflect fees. Client accounts will be traded in like fashion. Daily returns are gross of fees.
Strategy back testing results, as extrapolation into the past of the currently traded strategy, are available upon request.
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