Plus500 Launches VIX Options: A New Trading Opportunity

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Plus500 has added VIX options to its CFD trading platform, providing opportunities to speculate on the ‘fear gauge’.

Key Takeaways

  • The Volatility Index (VIX) measures fluctuations in the S&P 500 through options prices.
  • Options offer greater volatility than the VIX itself, lending them to short-term trading strategies.
  • VIX options are available on the Plus500 web platform and mobile app.

Note increased volatility may result in larger losses.

What Is The VIX?

The Volatility Index, or VIX, acts as a ‘fear gauge’ for the US stock market, measuring how much investors expect stock prices to fluctuate over the next 30 days.

A high VIX value suggests a high level of anxiety among investors, indicating they expect significant ups and downs in stock prices, while a low VIX implies a calmer, more stable market expectation.

Trading VIX options on Plus500 platform
Plus500 Platform

About Plus500

Plus500, established in 2008 and headquartered in Israel, is a leading brokerage with over 25 million users worldwide.

It offers a user-friendly web platform for CFD trading, with zero commissions across various markets and adaptable leverage for long or short positions.

Plus500 also provides robust 24/7 customer support through multiple channels and incentivizes active traders with weekly fee rebates.

Established in 2008 and headquartered in Israel, Plus500 is a prominent brokerage that boasts over 25 million registered traders in over 50 countries. Specializing in CFD trading, the company offers an intuitive, proprietary platform and mobile app. It maintains competitive spreads and does not charge commissions or deposit or withdrawal fees. Plus500 also continues to shine as one of the most trusted brokers with licenses from reputable regulators, including the FCA, ASIC and CySEC.