On Wednesday, the newest weapon in Barclay’s arsenal, the Barclays ETN+ S&P Veqtor Exchange Traded Note (VQT), began trading giving investors yet another way to hedge against volatility in the S&P 500.

The new ETN, which is a type of unsecured, unsubordinated debt security, tracks the S&P 500 Veqtor Index, which provides broad equity market exposure with an implied volatility hedge by allocating between equity, volatility, and cash.  The Index allocates assets among the S&P 500 Index, the S&P 500 Short-Term VIX Futures Index and cash.  Furthermore, the ETN carries an expense ratio of 0.95%.

The release of this new ETN comes at a time when investors continue to remain wary of a double dip recession and a sustainable economic recovery, both of which are enhancing volatility in the equity markets.

Barclays is no stranger to offering products that are linked to volatility as that they also offer the Barclays ETN+ Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (XXV), the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) as ways to hedge against volatility and play the VIX, which is the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index that tracks the price investors are willing to pay for options on the S&P 500 index.  The VIX is known to be a barometer of fear in the markets in that as the VIX rises, so does fear. 

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