It is common sense to think of an asset as something that can be owned or bought and sold. Here's a definition : property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies. The majority of retail investors do not think of broad market volatility as something that can be owned, bought or sold. Post6 Strategies' mission is to educate the retail investor that not only is volatility an asset class, but trading it properly has been historically profitable.
We believe the information presented in the book is valuable. That being said, the Ebook is essentially free if you decide to subscribe. There is a code in the back page that is good for $5 off your first month or yearly subscription to VIPER daily updates, which equates to the price of the book.
Absolutely. Subscribe to VIPER daily (every trading day - i.e. we follow New York Stock Exchange business days) email updates. We will tell you our current position along with the day's BUY or HOLD rating and usually a brief commentary on the current state of the strategy.
The fundamentals of VIPER focus on the relationship between a proprietary interpolation of the VIX futures and a short-term realized, also termed historical, volatility of the SPY (S+P 500) ETF. Then our methodology uses that data to identify the existence and the extent of volatility risk premium present in the current conditions and combines that with a few factors like futures term structure. The volatility risk premium is “collected” by the ZIV ETN, where we generally remain long. Lastly, we monitor the relationship of the term structure, risk premium and a few other market factors to issue a BUY or HOLD rating on the position. The trick is determining when to step aside and when to get back in, which VIPER does well!
No. One of the great things about VIPER, and the most important in our opinion is its risk profile. The strategy is only long contracts or not in the market (i.e. in cash or waiting for a recent transaction to settle). By never engaging in shorting contracts or trading options contracts it maintains a low risk profile. A standard brokerage account is all that is needed. We have heard of some popular brokerages requiring the account holder to answer "YES" to a disclaimer stating they understand that volatility-centric instruments can be, well, volatile. Once that's out of the way, they are ready to go.
Although no one can predict the future, VIPER has a great record of minimal trading. Remember, the less trading the better! Trading can require careful attention and management and worst of all, the fees add up if you're trading often in a standard retail account. VIPER is not about executing complex trading strategies.
Only you can answer that. While VIPER has performed very well historically, is should not be assumed that historical performance can or will be indicative of future performance. We've heard from subscribers who allocate a minority percentage of an IRA portfolio to VIPER. This makes sense to us because the strategy is well-suited for longer-term investing. We will remind the potential investor that the primary instrument is volatility, and investing in this manner is speculative in nature.
Generally, there are 21 trading days in a calendar month. We like to keep things simple, and charge $0.91/trading day.
This may not be as simple as $20/month, but we think you'll like our reasoning. There are generally 252 trading days in a year, but if you like what we have to offer enough to give us a year of your time, we'll discount the monthly fee to $18.33. That works out to $200/252 = $0.79/day.
Subscribers will receive an email delivered to the email address they signed up with every trading day no later than before the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. The update will usually arrive the night before, Sunday-Thursday.
The daily email updates will notify users which of 4 states the strategy is currently in, and whether there is a current recommendation to BUY or HOLD:
  • VIPER is LONG and will be liquidating (SELL) its LONG ZIV position on the current trade date.
  • VIPER has liquidated its LONG ZIV position and is observing market conditions while the previous liquidation trade (SELL) clears and settle according to standard retail brokerage account settlement rules (T+2).
  • VIPER is neutral and evaluating current market conditions and preparing to enter into a new LONG ZIV position when market conditions generate the appropriate signal.
On a day when an actionable event will occur, the subject of the email and the body of the email will make this apparent.

Here’s what the subject of the email will look like:

VIPER Strategy Update for 01/01/17 - ACTION REQUIRED -

Here’s what the body of the email will look like:

VIPER strategy's overall health readings HAVE CHANGED.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT VIPER HAS INITIATED A SELL SIGNAL. VIPER will be executing a complete liquidation of its long ZIV position TODAY, 01/01/17, before the close of business of standard trading hours (9:30am -4:00pm New York Stock Exchange time). After execution VIPER will have no position in XIV.

In accordance with retail brokerage accounts settlement policies (a.k.a. "T+2"), VIPER will begin looking for a new opportunity in 3 business days. Post6 will continue to observe market conditions and provide updates as trade settlement progresses.

On a day when no actionable event will occur, the subject of the email and the body of the email will make this apparent and only include the BUY/HOLD rating.

Here’s what the subject of the email will look like: VIPER Strategy Update for 02/02/17 - BUY/HOLD

Here’s what the body of the email will look like:

VIPER strategy's overall health readings are stable as of this email. VIPER will be making no changes today, 02/02/17 with the strategy remaining LONG ZIV.

Send us an email to with the following items: Please include CANCELLATION REQUEST in the subject. Please use or reference the email address that receives the daily updates. Please allow 2-3 business days for the cancellation request to be processed. Post6 will credit you back with a prorated amount.