The Trend

Five Simple Ways to Protect Your Portfolio from Volatility

For many, it was one of the most exciting times in history to be an investor.

Stocks soared to new highs. Investors poured money into stocks on an improving economy.  

Investors couldn’t lose. 

At least, that’s what people thought until the Stock Market Crash of 1929 caught them off guard.

Nearly 90 years later, we’re right back where we started.

Over the last two years, stocks soared to new highs.

Major indices hit highs we’ve never seen in history. Investors poured billions of dollars into stocks on the idea we’d only move higher.

Then it all came crashing down, catching many investors off guard just like in 1929.

We saw the same thing happen in 1987, 2000, and 2008. Markets soared before horrible stock market crashes. Stocks were incredibly overvalued. Optimism ran amok.

But those weren’t the only common denominators in each of those years.

Investors also weren’t very well prepared. Many thought stocks would just continue to push higher and higher. Many didn’t contemplate the idea of over-valuations, or the idea that one day it could all come crashing down.

And unfortunately, many learn the hard way that hedging is essential.

We’re all familiar with Warren Buffett’s investing idea, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

After big runs, investors are viewed as far too greedy.

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To hedge against that, and protect for downside, we can go long volatility with ETFs, such as:

  • Velocity Shares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN (TVIX)
  • The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX)
  • The ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures (UVXY)

Or, when markets are pulling back, and investors are fearful, we can short volatility by investing in the following:

  • The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (ZIV)
  • The ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY)

It pays to be prepared for the “what if” factor of such a crazed, volatile market.

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