Glossary terms beginning with V

Value date

Also known as the maturity date, it is the date on which counterparts to a financial transaction agree to settle their respective obligations, i.e., exchanging payments. For spot currency transactions, the value date is normally two business days forward. 

Variation margin

Funds traders must hold in their accounts to have the required margin necessary to cope with market fluctuations

VIX or Volatility index

Shows the market's expectation of 30-day volatility. It is constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 index options. The VIX is a widely-used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the "investor fear gauge." 

Volatility

Referring to active markets that often present trade opportunities


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