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Short ETFs

Protecting ETF Portfolios from the Currency Wars

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On Wednesday, 5/8/2013, U.S. stocks recorded gains for a 5th consecutive session. In fact, the S&P 500 logged its 12th gain in 14 trading days, rising 6% since a mid-April hiccup and reaching yet another all-time peak. Equally intriguing, the last week has witnessed a renewed interest in foreign equities. In spite of a deepening recession in Europe, questions about China’s growth, declining worldwide demand for commodities and little evidence of a self-sustaining global economy, some investors are filling their…

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Should You Short Gold and Silver ETFs?

By | Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Short ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

According to Steven Russolillo at WSJ.com, Goldman Sachs advises investors to short gold. Granted, the yellow metal has experienced a brutal downtrend that has lasted 6 arduous months. What’s more, you may not be able to find an uglier chart on a major asset class than the one for SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD). If there’s irony in the recent turn of events, it’s the fact that precious metals traditionally offer safe passage in times of unusual economic uncertainty. The…

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Waiting On A Market Correction? Watch These 3 ETFs Closely

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Bullish commentators have been busy admonishing those who might be cautious. Their reasoning? Long-term investors should focus on the signs that point to stable economic growth in the U.S., a recovery in China as well as unwavering stimulus by the Federal Reserve. Besides, with Treasuries offering more risk than reward, where else are you going to realize a worthwhile return on your money? However, a number of Fed policymakers recently expressed reservations about the amount and the duration of the…

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ETFs That May Get A Lift From Snowstorm Nemo

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Investing in stock assets when the S&P 500 is hitting fresh highs can be as dangerous as driving on a yet-to-be-plowed stretch of highway. You may get to your destination without a hitch. Then again, you might spin out of control and crash. At present, both the Eurozone’s ongoing recession and “Snowmageddon” on the East Coast are likely to have an adverse impact on U.S. economic growth. It follows that a blind allocation in a blizzard is ill-advised. Traditionally, clean-up…

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3 ETFs For The Bulls, 3 ETFs For The Bears

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Las Vegas odds-makers believe that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the Baltimore Ravens to win Superbowl XLVII this Sunday, February 3. That’s what is implied by a 4-point spread. In contrast, if the professionals did not feel that the 49ers had a definitive edge, there would neither be a spread nor a so-called “favorite.” And yet, an equal percentage of gamblers are likely to bet on a Ravens victory. Some will choose the Ravens because they expect the 49ers…

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What The New 52-Week Lows In iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) Tell Us

By | Bond ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Leveraged ETFs, Short ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

On Tuesday, 5/1/2012, CNBC trumpeted the Dow’s highest close since December of 2007. On Wednesday, the media giant celebrated the price-weighted index’s ability to shrug off weaker-than-anticipated employment data in the United States. There are reasons to be pleased with the progress of U.S. stocks in 2012. My clients continue to benefit from exposure to risk assets like Vanguard High Dividend Yield (VYM), Vanguard Dividend Growth (VIG) and Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ). Still, little attention has been paid to the 52-week highs reached by non-stock ETFs….

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Bets On Bond ETFs In Spite Of Manufacturing “Renaissance”

By | Bond ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Short ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Doug Kass, prominent helmsman at Seabreeze Partners and frequent commentator at CNBC, embraces social media. In fact, Mr. Kass tweets roughly 8-10 times throughout the day. Yesterday (4/30), Mr. Kass tweeted that his largest investment was short bonds, and he listed Inverse Bond ETFs like ProShares UltraShort 20+ Treasury (TBT) and ProShares Short 20+ Treasury (TBF). This morning (5/1), the formerly famous bear took note of the ISM Manufacturing Index’s robust reading of 54.8 and wrote, “Buy stocks, sell bonds.” For my own part, it…

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Power Struggle In France Increases The Desirability Of Income ETFs

By | Bond ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Short ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Last year, world equity markets obsessed over the movement of sovereign debt yields in Portugal and Greece. Here in 2012, Spanish and Italian bond yields have risen enough to scare investors back into the perceived safety of U.S. treasuries. In fact, iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEF) is near 52-week highs. Unfortunately, concerns about the 3rd and 4th largest European economies aren’t the only issues weighing on sentiment. Now there are geopolitical battles, from the upcoming French election to a breakdown in party talks…

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Relatively Tight Credit In Europe Still Weighing On Overseas ETFs

By | Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Short ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs | No Comments

It’s a funny thing managing money for families, small businesses and high net worth individuals. One minute, you can be helping them overcome the terror of a 5% portfolio pullback in a world that appears bent on self-destruction. (“OMG… Greece is going to default…war is going to erupt in the Middle East!”) The next minute, you can be assuring them that 7% YTD represents solid returns in an economic environment that they’re feeling good about. (“Isn’t the Dow up 11%? The whole Greece…

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Should You Short Euro ETFs, International Treasury Bond ETFs?

By | Bond ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Short ETFs | No Comments

There are many times when it makes sense to choose an unconventional investing path. For example, last year, scores of prominent voices insisted that interest rates would rise. “Bond King” Bill Gross denounced U.S. government debt. Heck, S&P even downgraded it. And yet, investors who gobbled up U.S. Treasury bonds benefited from the “contrary-to-public-opinion” upside. The reasons for the unanticipated direction of yields are well-documented (e.g., expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet, eurozone debt contagion fear, etc.). What’s more, understanding the ongoing appeal of low-yielding U.S. government bonds is beyond the scope of this…

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