Pair of Volatility Funds to Be Re-Launched

We received huge news from REX Shares this morning, announcing that they are updating the objective of their VMIN & VMAX volatility pair. This looks like a really interesting, and much more sensible, play on volatility.

They are moving away from high-beta volatility ETFs (which are a high risk for termination when volatility spikes too much) to a product that trades on a daily basis somewhere between XIV and ZIV. The result should be a new VMIN fund that is less "boring" in movement as ZIV but also carry a fraction of the risk of a fund blow up and large drawdowns that were seen with XIV.

Announcement below, with emphasis added.


The REX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMAX) and the REX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (VMIN) have filed supplemental registration statements that revise their stated Principal Investment Strategies. The Funds expect to invest primarily in VIX Futures Contracts with two to six months to expiration, rather than VIX Futures Contracts with less than one month to expiration as was previously the case.  Beginning on March 7, 2018, the Funds anticipate that they may begin investing in VIX Futures Contracts with greater than one month to expiration, and the Funds may therefore have exposure to VIX Futures Contracts with a weighted average time that is greater than, and which could be substantially greater than, one month.  Additionally, effective on or about April 25, 2018, the name of VMAX will change to “REX VolMAXXTM Long VIX Futures Strategy ETF”, and the name of VMIN will change to “REX VolMAXXTM Short VIX Futures Strategy ETF.”

Historically, the amount by which movements in the VIX Index1 have impacted the price of a VIX futures contract, also referred to as “beta,” has increased as a contract is closer to maturity.2 By increasing the weighted average of time to expiry of the VIX Futures Contracts held by the Funds, it is possible, and indeed likely, that the Funds’ “beta” to the VIX Index will decrease. Additionally, because the margin requirements for longer-dated VIX Futures Contracts tend to be lower than the margin requirements for shorter-dated VIX Futures Contracts,3 REX anticipates that this revision to the Principal Investment Strategy will allow the Funds to reduce their exposure to Underlying Funds and ETNs.4

The supplemental registration statements, information about the Funds’ holdings and additional information about the Funds can be found at

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