The Principles of VIX Trading on The Derivative

The early world of VIX trading can be closely likened to the wild, wild West – or as some say – fun. Competition was lower, there were less algos and AI integration, and overall had lower volume and liquidity. And now – the VIX is an established and globally recognized gauge of U.S. equity market volatility that’s widely traded. There’s some similarities, and some differences, but there’s not a plethora of people who traded (and are seen as experts) in both. Enter former founder of Blue Diamond – turned head of Principalium Capital Ag – Alex Orus. Alex has been trading the VIX futures nearly since the beginning in 2004, and still trades it today. In this episode we’re talking all about Swiss country music, personifying your trading models, the volatility of volatility, Roger Federer, negative interest rates hurting Europe’s youth, Jeff’s pop-up helmet invention, the good old days (2010) in the VIX, and why convexity matters..

Principalium Capital AG’s Volatility Strategy operates across three facets of the volatility trade: 1. Collecting the roll yield premium present in the VIX futures curve, 2. Positioning the portfolio for spikes in volatility during a market crash, 3. Capturing the mean reverting properties of volatility.The strategy systematically adjusts exposure to these different concepts dynamically, by combining 25 different individual models on different time frames applied to each of the three facets.

Find the full episode links of The Derivative below:


The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices such as survivorship, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.