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Should You Trade the VIX?

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  • (1:00) - Should You Be Trading The VIX?
  • (11:30) - Can You Use The VIX To Determine Trends?
  • (14:40) - How To Trade Volatility?
  • (18:20) - Will The Semiconductors Continue To Decline?
  • (23:15) - Episode Roundup: SQ, WDAY, ADBE, CRM, CBOE, CME, VXX, UVXY

Welcome to Episode #168 of the Zacks Market Edge Podcast.

Every week, host and Zacks stock strategist, Tracey Ryniec, will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life.

In this episode, Tracey is joined by Zacks Senior Strategist Kevin Cook to talk about a topic that hasn’t yet been covered on the Market Edge Podcast: the VIX.

Should you trade the VIX?

The VIX was created by the CBOE (CBOE - Free Report) as a volatility index. It’s also known as the “fear index.”

In 2015, Kevin did an excellent video talking about what the VIX is and how it operates which has gotten over 15,000 views.

Tune in here for his excellent analysis about the difficulties in trading the VIX.

He gives more insight on this podcast, including a discussion of some of the VIX ETF products.

How to Get Exposure to Volatility

If you’re not going to trade the VIX, you can still get exposure to volatility by trading individual stocks.

Several areas have been hot, and volatile, in 2019 including the payment stocks like Square (SQ - Free Report) and the software stocks such as Salesforce (CRM - Free Report) , Adobe (ADBE - Free Report) and Workday (WDAY - Free Report) .

What about the semiconductors? Has their day passed?

Find out the answer to this and your questions about trading the VIX on this week’s podcast.

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