The C-Tracks Exchange-Traded Notes (the “C-Tracks”) linked to the Citi Volatility Index Total Return (the “Index”) provide investors with an investable means to gain directional exposure to the implied volatility of large-cap U.S. stocks.
The Index methodology combines a daily rolling long exposure to the third- and fourth-month futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index (the “VIX Index”) with a short exposure to the S&P 500 Total Return Index. The VIX futures contracts exposure is constantly maintained, but the weighting of the S&P 500 Total Return Index is variable and determined monthly via a backward-looking linear regression.
As a total return index, the value of the Index on any day also includes daily accrued interest on the hypothetical notional value of the Index based on the 3-month U.S. treasury rate and reinvestment into the Index.
The Index methodology is designed to produce daily returns more correlated to the VIX Index than a portfolio of VIX futures contracts and with a similar magnitude to the daily returns of the VIX Index.
There can be no assurance, however, that the Index will produce the best correlation to the VIX Index or a similar magnitude to the returns of the VIX Index.