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Should You Short Euro ETFs, International Treasury Bond ETFs?

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 [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Traders Are Welcome, While ETF Investors Need To Wait

If you watch violent television shows, are you more likely to kill somebody? Or, are those who have a predisposition towards violence more likely to view blood, guts and gore? (Watching the stock ticker on Thursday, September 22, was about as gory as it gets!) Too often, the mainstream media endeavor to attribute a rationale for the irrational. For instance, every participant [...] Continue Reading...


These 3 ETPs Can Tell You When To Bring Cash Off The Sidelines

Hurry! Hurry! Place your bets on the chances of another recession — 25%, 33%, 50%, 66%, 100%! How gloomy are some folks? Perma-bear David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff & Associates¬†believes that a recession¬†is¬†a near certainty (99%),¬†citing the weakness of the consumer and the double-dip in housing. Meanwhile, John Hussman,¬†long-short billion dollar fund manager, expresses 100% certainty¬†in [...] Continue Reading...


How And When To Allocate To ProShares UltraShort MSCI Europe (EPV)

U.S. bond yields¬†keep moving¬†lower. Gold prices keep moving¬†higher. Even the 3-month LIBOR rate is climbing, now up to 0.30% from 0.25%. These aren’t signs that fear¬†has abated. On the contrary! It seems¬†that¬†the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis is very much alive. And yet, the media are almost giddy. Not only are they highlighting the recovery of losses since [...] Continue Reading...


3 Reasons To Consider The Retail HOLDRs ETF

Every once in a while, I receive an e-message that makes me chuckle. Here’s one that caused me to snort Tejava tea out of my nose. “What’s a¬†HOLDR?¬†It sounds¬†less like an investment and more like the messed-up character from¬†The Catcher In The Rye.” In truth, the inquirer¬†could readily unlock a¬†suitable answer with a¬†Google search. On the other [...] 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...


Is It “Finally” Time to Short Treasury Bond ETFs?

Most world-renowned investors became famous for beating the Street during a bull market.¬†Think Warren Buffett, Bill Miller¬†and Peter Lynch. Yet John Paulson garnered fame (or infamy) as a hedge fund manager who profited from shorting sub-prime mortgages in 2007 and 2008. In¬†2009, John Paulson made a different “call” that has yet to pan out; that is,¬†the [...] Continue Reading...


Hammering the Bank ETFs, Shorting the Financial ETFs

There was a time when “talking heads” explained that the stock markets¬†could not move higher without financial stocks.¬†In the middle of the credit crisis,¬†this was accurate. After all, almost any business in any industry needs access to money for the continuation of¬†month-to-month operations. Today, however, there are several significant differences in the way that businesses have [...] Continue Reading...


The Next Move For S&P 500 ETFs? Track The Mid-Term Volatility ETF!

On Wednesday, 8/11/2010, the S&P 500 fell back below its 200-day moving average. The omnipotent gauge for top U.S. stocks¬†only managed to hold above the level for 6 trading days. Perhaps ironically, this is the second time in the current corrective period that the S&P 500 climbed above its trendline… then fell below it shortly thereafter. [...] Continue Reading...


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