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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...


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...


ETF Fund Flow: Short Maturity Bonds Asset Gainers, Long Maturity Bonds Asset Losers

Europe’s debt crisis created a short-term windfall for holders of longer-term U.S. Treasuries, particularly holders of iShares 20+Year Treasury (TLT). Yet it’s clear that few believe those price gains will stick. Short-term bond ETFs that track issues on the shorter end of yield curves experienced $500+ million¬†in net new assets for April. Popular funds in this [...] Continue Reading...


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