Shorting VXX Using VIX Futures Ratio

Strategy This strategy is almost identical to my previous post, except with the difference being we will actually use the VIX Futures’ Term Structure this time to know exactly what the contango between the Front and Second month contracts are. Essentially, we will take the settlement prices of the previous day’s First and Second month…

Shorting VXX Using VIX/VXV Ratio

Strategy This strategy has a bit more complexity than my other posts. It is essentially taking advantage of the VIX Futures’ Term Structure. I won’t go into too much detail, but this article does a great job of explaining the nuances. A brief summary is that since VIX Futures are usually in contango, VXX managers…

TAA on 60/40 but Moving to Cash

Strategy Almost exactly the same as the Tactical Asset Allocation strategy from my previous post, however, rather than reallocating the entire portfolio to one asset when the other’s long window is below its short window, the strategy is to move to cash for that portion of the account. The interesting takeaway from this is that…

Simple Moving Average on SPY


Calculate a simple 200 day moving average using the closing prices of the ETF SPY. If the current price SPY is above the 200 SMA, I will long the security, otherwise, move to cash. This is a simple momentum strategy, but powerful in that it almost completely avoids the 2008 Financial Crisis.

SPY SMA Summary

SPY SMA Stress