Image How to Trade VIX vs VSTOXX® Futures: Strategies on US vs European Volatility Watch on GoTo Webinar

The VIX and VSTOXX® are the main measures of stock market volatility in America and Europe, respectively. Since the launch of futures contracts on these benchmarks in the mid-2000s, an increasing number of investors and traders are including these volatility futures as part of their overall strategy. In this webinar, option market veteran and international wealth manager Tariq Dennison will address the following questions:

  • What are the VIX and VSTOXX® indexes, and how do they serve as “fear vs greed” benchmarks?
  • How has the spread between the VIX vs VSTOXX® varied around different events and market conditions?
  • How can you improve returns from spread trades on VIX vs VSTOXX® futures contracts?

As a special timely example, Tariq will discuss considerations for traders positioning for the September 26th German election, which will choose Angela Merkel’s successor, and how that might pose an opportunity to trade the difference between American and European volatility.

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