These ETFs still win during a market sell-off

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Volatility is surging as the market posted its worst decline of the year on Tuesday.

Investors are increasingly concerned over the chances that President Donald Trump's promised pro-growth agenda makes it through Congress. How can investors trade the rising volatility using history as a guide?

The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, is a key measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by stock index option prices, according to the CBOE. The VIX was up more than 10 percent as of midafternoon Tuesday.

CBOE Volatility Index chart, one year

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CNBC Pro screened for which ETF securities will move if the VIX continues to rally to the 16 to 17 level of last fall, using hedge fund analytics tool Kensho.