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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...


Bets On Bond ETFs In Spite Of Manufacturing “Renaissance”

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), [...] Continue Reading...


Power Struggle In France Increases The Desirability Of Income ETFs

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 [...] Continue Reading...


Relatively Tight Credit In Europe Still Weighing On Overseas ETFs

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 [...] Continue Reading...


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...


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