Short-volatility bets

Investors are sinking vast sums into strategies whose performance hinges on enduring equity calm.

A key factor in the stock plunge of early 2018 when they wiped out in epic fashion. Now they’re back in a different guise — and at a much, much bigger scale.

Assets in such products have almost quadrupled in two years to a record $64 billion

Their 2018 short-vol counterparts had only about $2.1 billion before they imploded.

Bloomberg 10 March 2024

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