This can be an indication of the market's fear or complacency about the overall market action in the months ahead. Traders need to be aware if they trade the VIX futures that it does not always move in the same direction as the VIX index. Yhe VIX fitures will move close to the S&P 500 futures cash index. VIX is traded on the CBOE futures exchange and one point is worth one thousand dollars and the mini tick is worth .05 or fifty dollars. Vix futures are related to the S&P 500 because of the vix index itself is based on the SPX option prices.
They are also used to value options on the vix index even though those are cash settled. The VIX futures and VIX are settled on the same day. The Wednesday that is thirty days prior to the third Friday of the calendar month. One thing is for sure a trader needs to learn how to trade this type of index or he will quickly wipe out their trading account. At most brokerages you have to apply to trade this type of index. This type of futures trading is very speculative and is not for all investors. Traders need to learn how to do this type of trading