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Fubon launches Taiwan’s first VIX futures ETF

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Fubon Securities Investment Trust Co Ltd has launched the first exchange traded fund in Taiwan to track volatility index (VIX) futures.

The Fubon S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETF, which raised TWD655 million (USD20.28 million) and takes the number of ETF listings in Taiwan to a record high of 27 during 2016, tracks the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index Excess Return. The underlying index of the VIX Futures is the Volatility Index (VIX Index), which is calculated based on the prices of S&P 500 Index options and negatively correlates with movements in the S&P 500 Index.

Dr Jun-ji Shih, Chairman of the Taiwan Stock Exchange, says: With the growing uncertainties in major international and regional markets, the availability of the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETF in Taiwan provides investors with a new investment tool for short-term hedging, especially during times of high market volatility. Its listing is also a further step in the development of TWSE’s ETF market. We will continue to work together with issuers to bring more innovative and diversified investment products to the Taiwan market and enrich the investment options for investors.

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