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How to Smartly Short Volatility

I think that the market is due for a quiet period as we head into the end of the year.

This is a fairly bold claim to make, given the European risks as well as the "gappiness" in the markets.

There are many different ways to short volatility, but $XIV offers an interesting way to do it.

I like it here because not only is it short volatility, it takes advantage of the VX futures curve.

Check out the video below for my thoughts:

by Steven Place

Steven Place is the founder and head trader at