Model Overview

The Apis Volatility Insight Model (AVIM) provides useful information on the possible direction of the S&P 500 index and its volatility derivatives, including the VIX index and VIX futures. We believe that volatility market data is a leading indicator of both future market movements, as well as movement in volatility based products. The model is the culmination of our team's research work, synthesizing over 20 years of volatility and options trading experience with quantitative analytics supported by machine learning. The model is currently used in both our ACM Market Neutral Volatility Strategy Fund as a primary alpha generator, and in the ACM High Yield Fixed Income Fund, as a dynamic hedge.

Current Signal VXX

Current Signal SPY

As of Market Close 8/11/2020

Model Strategy

The AVIM uses volatility data to synthesize a predictive output regarding the direction of the S&P 500 index (tradeable as SPY) and volatility derivative products. Of the latter, the only product available that meets the AVIM's criteria is VXX, a volatility based ETN issued by Barclays' Bank.

The model provides a daily signal at EOD for both SPY and VXX. In its own trading, Apis uses the model's signals on an intraday basis, and it is used both as its own primary trading strategy, as well as a dynamically applied portfolio hedge in volatile markets.

In general, during periods of calm markets, the model will be short VXX and flat SPY. This is because our research shows that during bull markets, short volatility results in better performance than simply being long SPY, primarily as a result of the stronger force of contango in the VIX futures as compared to the upwards momentum of the S&P 500 Index itself. There is an argument to be made that replacing short VXX with SPY may be safer, due to the index not being as susceptible to large moves as large as the volatility products. While our opinion is that even with this consideration, short VXX results in better risk adjusted returns over the long term, the decision to use "Long SPY" instead of "Short VXX" is one that should be made individually based on each manager's criteria.

In times of market stress, the model will often be flat both VXX and SPY, and then switch to long VXX when indications of sharply increasing volatility are present. In those cases, the model will be long SPY as well, because typically those periods are short, and result in a recovery in the index. When used as a hedging mechanism, however, the model would be both long VXX and short SPY, since it is offsetting losses in an underlying portfolio.

Historical Signals

7/15/2020  VXX: Short   SPY: Flat

7/13/2020  VXX: Flat      SPY: Flat

7/10/2020  VXX: Short   SPY: Flat

7/09/2020  VXX: Flat     SPY: Flat

Disclaimer and Disclosures

The Apis Volatility Insight Model  (AVIM) is not intended as investment or trading advice, and Apis Capital Management (ACM) is not an investment advisor to the public. ACM takes no responsibility for the timeliness of publishing the AVIM signals. ACM may benefit from others making trades based on the model, as it will generally hold a position in the direction indicated by AVIM in one or more of the funds that it manages prior to the publishing of the EOD signal. ACM uses the AVIM model on an intra-day basis and may receive multiple signals from the AVIM each day. Only the final signal in effect at EOD is published. ACM expects that its use of intra-day signals from the AVIM model will result in improved performance compared to using EOD signals.

The model's hypothetical performance does not take into account trading costs such as commissions, fees and slippage. These costs can be significant and may result in substantially reduced profits or losses in actual trading. Signals generated prior to 8/4/2020 are based on backtested data and/or reconstructed from AVIM intraday signals, and may not be an accurate representation of actual signals that would have been generated by the model during that time due to limitations in the accuracy of the backtested data or other factors. 

Reproducing or sharing the AVIM signals published here is prohibited without ACM's express written consent 

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