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Amid Volatility Surge Credit Suisse Terminates Velocity Shares ETN

"With the CBOE SPX Volatility Index.VIX nearly tripling over the last three trading days mark-to-market profit and losses have been significant", said Ihor Dusaniwsky, head of research at S3 Partners.

Those bets unravelled on Monday as the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered their biggest respective percentage drops since August 2011.

The notes were worth a combined $US1.6 billion ($A2 billion) on Friday, according to Thomson Reuters' Lipper unit, but ended Tuesday at a more-than-92 per cent discount to their closing value the prior day. SG Americas Securities LLC owned approximately 2.16% of Credit Suisse AG - VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN as of its most recent SEC filing.

Credit Suisse's share price has recovered slightly following a statement to the effect that the bank's exposure to the XIV ETN was fully hedged and CS therefore won't be affected by any of the losses relating to it. Shares of Credit Suisse slumped almost 4 percent on Tuesday morning amid the wider sell-off in equity markets.

The long-awaited market decline from record highs sent people to options for protection, raising prices for those derivatives, and eroding the value of XIV and other investments that effectively bet on tranquil conditions.

The VelocityShares refused to comment on the Monday's move.

One day after the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) saw its largest one-day increase ever―115.6%―Credit Suisse announced it would be shuttering its popular inverse VIX ETN.

A similar note issued by Nomura was also...

As it happens, however, the death of XIV wasn't just the predictably result of a collapse in the equities market, but a kind of suicide. "There is no material impact to Credit Suisse".

"Investors will receive a cash payment per exchange-traded note in an amount equal to the closing indicative value of XIV on the accelerated valuation date", said Credit Suisse, which won't sell new XIV notes after the buyback.

The firm was sued in 2012 by investors who owned a "leveraged" ETN after new issuances of the notes, which doubled one market's returns, were suspended. Multiple exchange-traded securities that are also supposed to be bets on calm markets were halted Tuesday after losing the majority of their value overnight. Consequently, investors are exposed to the credit risk or the possibility the underwriting bank.

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