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CBOE Options on the VXX and VXZ Exchange-Traded Notes     www.cboe.com/VXX

 
VXX
VXX VXZ  
VIX 16.71 0.40
VXV 17.62 0.54
VXX 31.89 0.71
VXZ 13.47 0.35
OVX 22.38 0.86
Delayed Quotes



CBOE Options on the VXX and VXZ Exchange-Traded Notes

Beginning Friday, May 28, 2010, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is offering options on these two Exchange-Traded Notes:

  • The iPath® S&P 500® Short-Term VIX® Futures Index ETN (VXX), and
  • The iPath® S&P 500® Mid-Term VIX® Futures Index ETN (VXZ)

Important information about the VXX and VXZ ETNs is contained in the Prospectus for VXX and VXZ.

VXX is an exchange-traded note ("ETN") based on The S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index, which is designed to provide access to equity market volatility through CBOE Volatility Index® ("VIX®") futures. Specifically, the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index offers exposure to a daily rolling long position in the first and second month of VIX futures contracts and reflects the implied volatility of the S&P 500® Index one month later. The index futures roll continuously throughout each month from the first month of the VIX futures contract into the second month of the contract.

The VXZ ETN is based on The S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures™ Index, which is designed to provide access to equity market volatility through CBOE Volatility Index® ("VIX®") futures. Specifically, the S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures™ Index offers exposure to a daily rolling long position in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh month VIX futures contracts and reflects the implied volatility of the S&P 500® Index five months later. The Index futures roll continuously throughout each month from the fourth month VIX futures contract into the seventh month VIX futures contract.



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Price Graphs

Please note that the price movements for the VIX Index and the VXX and VXZ ETNs can be different from one another at different times. For more details, please see the Prospectus for VXX and VXZ and the VIX Options FAQ







VIX and SPX


CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) - One-year Graph




CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) - Five-year Graph


Please note that past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future returns.

If you wish to create customized, up-to-date charts, please visit the Advanced Charts page



Sample VIX Strategies

Investors who are -
Bullish on VIX, and Bearish on stocks** -
Might consider -

  • Long VIX Call Options
  • Long VIX Call Spreads
  • Short VIX Put Credit Spreads
  • Long VIX Futures

Investors who are -
Bearish on VIX, and Bullish on stocks** -
Might consider -

  • Long VIX Put Options
  • Long VIX Put Spreads
  • Short VIX Call Credit Spreads
  • Short VIX Futures

** Caution - sometimes VIX and stock prices move in the same direction. Please visit these links for more information about: prices and strategies.



* In the Protective Put and Buy-write diagrams, the faint grey line represents an equity position, and the colored "hockey-stick-shaped" line represents the combined stock plus options position. For more details, please click on strategies.




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