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Volatility Is Whipsawing Investors, Which Side Are You On?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I was taking the plunge and shorting volatility by proxy using the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) and its inverse ETP, the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (NASDAQ:XIV). I've been trading in and out of volatility since the flash crash of last October and while I've had pretty good fortune, trading volatility is not for the faint of heart. The moves are swift and brutal and if you're wrong, you've got to be willing to move quickly. Sometimes that means taking a beating in the process but living to fight another day because the profits can be huge if you're on the right side of the…