ETF Spotlight: April 2012

Published on by on April 3, 2012

Each month, we highlight an ETF flying under the radar of most investors that offers exposure to a unique asset class or investment strategy. This month, we take a closer look at a unique long-short ETF that can serve as a valuable hedging tool. The QuantShares U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL) is an appealing instrument that allows for investors and traders alike to make a “bearish” bet on the market, without taking on the risks that are associated with short positions.

With equity indexes on a tear since the start of 2012, investors who want a piece of the action may be a bit hesitant to jump in now considering the impressive run-up that has already taken place on Wall Street. Despite the stellar performance across equities and improving growth expectations, timing your entry is a difficult chore; investors who buy in at the wrong time even during a bull market can incur dismal losses. Likewise, attempting to “call the top” and make a short bet right before momentum on Wall Street turns negative is a nearly impossible challenge that most should never attempt. Luckily, the evolution of the ETF industry has brought forth BTAL; this one-of-a-kind ETF allows for investors to profit from a correction on Wall Street without taking on the risks that are associated with a traditional short position. 

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