Where can I trade the Crash 500 index?
As far as I am aware there is no such thing as the Crash Index offered by any respectable broker. Please correct me if I am wrong.
The index tracks the level of volatility that exists within options on the individual S&P 500 constituent stocks, which are the largest US blue-chip companies.
The index can range between 0 and 100 and typically rises when volatility or fear is heightened in what we know today as Risk-off markets The VIX index falls when volatility or fear fades away, as markets move back to a Risk-on sentiment.
For details about finding a broker that offers trading in VIX index and trading volatility indices please read our guide about predicting a market crash and what you can do about it.
If you are in the UK only ever trade with a broker that is regulated by the FCA. Never with an offshore broker as you lose the protection that the FSCS provides to private clients.
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Richard founded the Good Money Guide (previously Good Broker Guide) in 2015 and has been a broker for 20 years most recently at Investors Intelligence and previously a multi-asset derivatives broker at MF Global (Man Financial). Richard started his career working as a private client stockbroker at Walker Crips and Phillip Securities (now King and Shaxson) after interning on the NYMEX oil trading floor in New York and London IPE in 2001 & 2000.