Seeking Alpha’s Jonathan Liss recently spoke with Gary to find out how he planned to use ETFs – including alternative ETF strategies not frequently found in more typical investor portfolios – to position clients in 2013.
Jonathan Liss (JL): How would you describe your investing style/philosophy?
Gary Gordon (GG): Information processing is the best way to describe [...] [...more]
Oil ETFs, Gasoline ETFs, Shore Europe ETFs, Short Euro Debt ETFs, Emerging Consumer ETFs, Volatility ETFs, Hedging and ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 2-19-2012
Wireless network operator, China Mobile, is at a 3-month peak.¬†Oil explorer, Cnooc, has reached a¬†seven-month pinnacle. And SPDR S&P China (GXC) is up as much as 38% since hitting perilous depths in October.
Is the world’s second largest economy¬†back on the track? Yes and no. While GDP growth estimates of 7% haven’t been this low since [...] [...more]
John Spence at ETF Trends wonders whether or not investors have become too upbeat on stock assets?¬†High levels of confidence have been seen¬†in everything from Apple (AAPL) journeying north of $500 per share to¬†rising emerging market price ratios to¬†increasing levels of bullish investor sentiment.
That said,¬†when advisers begin to get giddy, history tends to suggest that [...] [...more]
Volatility ETNs can serve as¬†tools to protect assets that you already have in your portfolio. For example, 80% of the time over the¬†last year, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term ETN (VXZ) moved in the opposite direction of the S&P 500 itself. It follows that an active investor¬†could purchase¬†exchange-traded note protection¬†if he/she is concerned about [...] [...more]
It wasn’t that long ago that gold bears were sticking a fork in the yellow metal. And they had¬†several reasons. The $300+ per ounce price drop was not¬†attracting¬†tons of bargain-hunters. What’s more, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) had fallen below its 200-day trendline for the first time since 2009.
That said,¬†precious metals have reclaimed their luster [...] [...more]
The 10-year treasury yield is back below 2%. The U.S. Dollar is surging as a¬†safe haven currency. And U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 have dropped nearly -5% from recent¬†highs.
In spite of the “risk-off” indications,¬†the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX)¬†has been showing lower levels of implied volatility. How can that be?
In his commentary below, Bill Luby [...] [...more]
Commodities, currencies, world stocks and most foreign bonds disappointed investors in 2011. In most instances, the more exposure one had to¬†non-dollar denominated debt or equity, the more serious the setback.
Not¬†to be deterred, however,¬†many financial¬†analysts and money managers are¬†putting the current calendar year on the back burner.¬†Instead, they’re beginning to compile their 2012 picks.
One¬†prognostication worth visiting [...] [...more]
I didn’t pursue a Master of Business Administration when I was younger; rather, I felt there would be more value in a Master of Science in¬†Industrial/Organizational Psychology (a.k.a. “the psychology of business”).
Why did I/O beckon more than the typical MBA track for financial professionals? In essence, the crash¬†in October of 1987 had a profound affect [...] [...more]
At the time of this commentary, the S&P 500 is down -1% in 2011. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY), however, reinvests its dividends. It follows that SPY is actually up a “skohsh” with a 0.3% gain.
Is it possible that you could have been more successful? Many would say, “Sure… as long as you know [...] [...more]