MSR Master – Exposure, TV15 Index
Target Volatility Exposure Indices simulate trading a long only position in a futures contract or group of futures contracts. The number of contracts that the index “owns” is determined by an algorithm based on the volatility exhibited by that futures market (or markets) over the previous six months. The algorithm calculates the position size that will most likely deliver the annualized volatility being targeted. Annualized volatility is calculated by multiplying the standard deviation of daily returns by the square root of 252 (the estimated number of trading days in a year). In this case the index equally weights each futures market (based on target volatility) within a given sector (Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities) and then equally weights each sector. The entire index targets an annualized volatility of 15%.