Actively harvests the risk premium observed in VIX futures using liquid Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) and their options.
Short volatility exposure is offset with long volatility convexity to reduce risk and potentially benefit from periods of crisis.
Incorporates nearly twenty indicators to dynamically shift volatility and convexity exposure throughout the day.
Past performance is not indicative of future returns and the value of your investment can go down as well as up, including loss of principal. Performance represents the actual performance of all, non-tax-advantaged accounts managed under the Smart Vol strategy since January 2016 and includes all management fees and all commissions. Individual account performance may vary, particularly for accounts managed under tax-advantaged structures like IRAs that may impose restrictions on some trading products and/or on short selling. The effect of these restrictions should be discussed with your advisor before investing. Performance includes Smart Vol accounts managed by Invest in Vol, as well as a Smart Vol account managed by the Portfolio Manager before joining Invest in Vol. Smart Vol accounts have been managed by Invest In Vol since May 2019 and performance before this date represents the performance of a Smart Vol account managed by the Portfolio Manager before joining Invest in Vol. The investment decision maker and the investment decision making process have remained substantially consistent since January 2016.
The Invest In Vol Smart Volatility Strategy (Smart Vol) is a multi-factor, systematic trading strategy developed in 2015 and updated semi-annually that applies a combination of nearly twenty weakly correlated indicators that individually demonstrate a profitable signal.
The indicators include the relationship between the VIX Index and the front two VIX futures, the relationship between the expected next-day VIX Index price and front two VIX futures, the relationship between modeled VIX futures prices and actual prices, as well as the rate at which these relationships change. Smart Vol also includes a series of proprietary and less common indicators that has helped it outperform many competing strategies. While each indicator has proven robust in its own right, their combination has resulted in a more profitable strategy.
In addition to these proprietary indicators, Smart Vol applies a weighted average of all its indicators to establish its volatility allocation. During periods of higher market volatility, trades may be made several times a day, while during calmer periods, trades may be less frequent.
Smart Vol gains its volatility exposure through a fractional long or short position in ETPs and their options. Short volatility exposure is offset with long volatility convexity to reduce risk, define maximum loss, and potentially benefit from periods of crisis. Smart Vol can be implemented in all account types including IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts.
Invest In Virtue is an Invest In Vol initiative created to donate a portion of Smart Vol revenue to charities focused on providing food, shelter, healthcare, relief, education, and training for those in need around the world. In this way, Invest In Vol and our clients can help make a difference in the world and put a new spin on impact investing. Learn more.