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Alternative ETFs: Can You Increase Your Risk-Adjusted Performance?

Is anyone bothered by the bizarre relationship between a sub-par economy and ever-rising stock prices? In brief, dismal hiring coupled with negligible wage growth encourage the Federal Reserve to continue suppressing interest rates with its emergency bond buying program. Corporations use the ultra-low rates to refinance debt, repurchase stock shares, cut costs and enhance profit [...] Continue Reading...


Why Infrastructure ETFs Are Overrated

Early in 2007, a prospective client informed me that he would not be placing his $1,000,000 portfolio with my company, Pacific Park Financial. He explained that another Registered Investment Adviser¬†specialized in leveraged emerging market ETFs and that the firm’s¬†performance was amazing.¬†I challenged the individual to better understand daily compounding versus annual compounding, though ultimately, I [...] Continue Reading...


Institutional Investor(s) Bet Big On Leveraged Treasury ETF

Six months ago to the day, the Dow Industrials was sitting near multi-year highs. At the same time, one or more institutional investors piled into leveraged intermediate treasuries. The exchange-traded fund? ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury (UST). The commitment? $40 million on 25x normal trading volume. Back then, it seemed like a long shot to [...] Continue Reading...


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

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 [...] Continue Reading...


3 Reasons For Pursuing High Income Producing ETFs

We can all agree that the first 3 months were wonderful for risk takers. What’s more,¬†we can all feel good¬†that U.S. stocks ran at their fastest percentage clip¬†since 1998. Of course, what happened¬†in the summer of 1998 is pretty intriguing as well.¬†The infamous hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management helped exacerbate the spread of an Asian currency [...] Continue Reading...


Creating A Yield-Oriented Portfolio For 2012

Let’s face it.¬†Maybe you weren’t cut out for volatility. And the stock market isn’t about to let you garner remarkable rewards in 2012… at least not without monstrous price swings. Can you turn to U.S. treasuries next year? Even if record-low yields didn’t rise, your return may not even keep up with inflation. It doesn’t look [...] Continue Reading...


3 “Ultrashort” ETFs Thrust Into The Limelight

I want to believe that I am still a capable basketball player. I am 6′ 2″ with an ample frame. I’ve got a fair amount of skill with my left hand. And I genuinely enjoy the half-court offense. (Translation: I’m “bulky,” left-handed and I don’t particularly like to run.) The reality may be even more dismal. [...] Continue Reading...


The Day The Commodity ETFs Died

Holy Macaroni! For those who limited themselves to lamenting the 1% Cinco De Mayo losses on the¬†Dow,¬†they missed a stunning beat-down in the commodities universe. It’s not that it was entirely unexpected. Some may have¬†read my commentary one week ago to the day when¬†I offered the following: “That said, traders should begin to consider a near-term possibility [...] Continue Reading...


Leveraged Retail ETFs: Just In Time For A 2nd Half Slowdown?

Corporations continue to post phenomenal earnings. And yet, macro-economic reports¬†continue to register weaker-than-expected numbers. It’s a¬†battle for the soul of the investing public. Do you believe¬†that strength¬†at classic cyclical organizations (e.g., Intel, Alcoa, etc.) will lead to improvement in hiring, consumption and overall GDP? This would likely be bullish for stock assets. Or do you anticipate [...] Continue Reading...


Bull Market ETFs, Bear Market ETFs: A Total Absence Of Conviction

Hedge funds aren’t done buying or selling. And they aren’t particularly interested in making¬†huge bets¬†in this environment… on the long or the short side. So what are hedge funds¬†looking to do if they aren’t trying to make money? Right now, they are far more interested in keeping their powder puffs dry. And that means… they’re still [...] Continue Reading...


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