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Volatility

When it comes to defensive exposure, few assets can truly offer a safe haven escape when turbulence hits the market unexpectedly. There’s no need to look far back into history to see how a volatile environment can take its toll on asset classes across the board without mercy. The most recent Euro zone-inspired risk-aversion wave on Wall Street has put investors on edge as they struggle to find a viable means of hedging against the seemingly never-ending debt drama. The solution may be simpler than you think: enter BTAL [see Low Volatility ETFdb Portfolio].

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Corporate earnings season is upon us once again and many investors are likely looking for ways to favorably position themselves in anticipation of volatility. With major equity indexes sitting on hefty gains since the October 4th, 2011 lows, some are getting worried that any disappointment arising from corporate performance results could make way for profit taking pressures on Wall Street [see also Time To Buy VIX ETNs?].

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Equity indexes tumbled lower across the board as selling pressures spilled over from last week. Investors expressed their concerns over last Friday’s employment report, which came in worse-than-expected, despite the fact that Wall Street was on break in observance of Good Friday. On the home front, the S&P 500 Index led the way lower, shedding [...]

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Time To Buy VIX ETNs?

by on April 9, 2012 | Updated April 11, 2012

After the best opening quarter in 14 years, skepticism is beginning to grow on Wall Street. Many investors fear that we will be unable to maintain the growth that equity markets have enjoyed, as a number of factors combine to give a cautious outlook. For starters, the Fed’s commentary that the economy needs to grow [...]

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Stocks extended their losses from yesterday as the bears stuck around on Wall Street. Selling pressures carried over as investors were quite displeased to hear from the FOMC on Tuesday that additional stimulus measures would be unlikely at this time. Profit taking continued as investors dialed back their risk appetites even further; the Nasdaq led the way [...]

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Bearish pressures took hold of Wall Street on Tuesday as investors broadly pulled the sell trigger following the latest FOMC meeting. The Fed minutes revealed that central bank members “generally agreed that the economic outlook, while a bit stronger overall, was broadly similar to that at the time of their January meeting”. Equity markets were [...]

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The final trading session of the quarter saw major equity benchmarks leap forward, closing out the week on a high note. “Friday’s gains capped a stellar three months for stocks, with the Dow and S&P posting the biggest first-quarter gain since 1998. Despite Friday’s decline, the Nasdaq had its best first quarter since 1991, according [...]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse [...]

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Domestic equities gave up gains from Monday’s steep rally today as disappointing economic data sparked concerns and profit taking pressures followed. Selling pressures accelerated towards the end of the trading session and major equity indexes finished the day in red territory. The Nasdaq proved most resilient, shedding 0.07% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average [...]

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Domestic equity markets got off to an explosive start as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed his concerns regarding the ongoing recovery and reaffirmed his support of accommodative policies as deemed necessary. Stocks rallied higher as investors were relieved to see that the central bank is committed to promoting the recovery even if it entails another round [...]

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Stock markets got off to a bullish start as euphoria from last week spilled over while investors also cheered on Apple’s dividend announcement. After months of rumors and speculation, the Apple dividend is finally here; the tech giant announced on Monday morning it would start paying a quarterly distribution, yielding roughly 1.8% as of today’s [...]

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The bull train continues to roll full steam ahead as broad equity indexes managed to finish the trading session in green territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average extended gains for the 7th consecutive session; the blue chip index gained 0.44% on the day, while the S&P 500 Index came out slightly ahead, tacking on a [...]

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