Flattening of VIX Futures Term Structure

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The Cboe Volatility Index® (“VIX”) futures term structure flattened at the end of February due to some sizeable spread trades. These trades appear to be positioned to benefit from a shift in the term structure curve from contango (upward sloping) to backwardation (downward sloping), which tends to happen when there is a volatility spike.


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