Cboe Eurekahedge Volatility Indexes

Cboe has launched four new benchmark indexes in collaboration with Eurekahedge, a Singapore-based hedge fund research and data collection company, that measure the performance of hedge funds that employ volatility-based investment strategies.

The four new indexes, the first of their kind, were created to meet the demands of institutional hedge fund investors seeking benchmarks that measure the performance of distinct volatility-based strategies.

Hedge funds that invest in volatility-based strategies differ dramatically from one another and often have exposures on completely opposite ends of the volatility spectrum -- some funds may be net long volatility, some net short and others neutral. Cboe Eurekahedge Volatility Indexes group specific funds into one of the four indexes that best correspond with a particular strategy.

The four Cboe Eurekahedge Volatility Indexes are:

  • Cboe Eurekahedge Short Volatility Index (Bloomberg Ticker: EHFI450) -- The short volatility index is an equally weighted index of constituent funds designed to provide a broad measure of the performance of underlying hedge fund managers who take a net short view on implied volatility with a goal of positive absolute return. The strategy often involves the selling of options to take advantage of the discrepancies in current implied volatility versus expectations of subsequent implied or realized volatility.
  • Cboe Eurekahedge Long Volatility Index (Bloomberg Ticker: EHFI451) -- The long volatility index is an equally weighted index of constituent funds designed to provide a broad measure of the performance of underlying hedge fund managers who take a net long view on implied volatility with a goal of positive absolute return.
  • Cboe Eurekahedge Relative Value Volatility Index (Bloomberg Ticker: EHFI452) -- The relative value volatility index is an equally weighted index of constituent funds designed to provide a broad measure of the performance of underlying hedge fund managers that trade relative value or opportunistic volatility strategies. Managers utilizing the strategy can pursue long, short or neutral views on volatility with a goal of positive absolute return.
  • Cboe Eurekahedge Tail Risk Index (Bloomberg Ticker: EHFI453) -- The tail risk index is an equally weighted index of constituent funds designed to provide a broad measure of the performance of underlying hedge fund managers that specifically seek to achieve capital appreciation during periods of extreme market stress.