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  • ETF
  • BTAL
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.05 (-0.0%)
    Time: 10/21/16
    Previous Close: $21.15
  • Category
  • Long-Short
Last Updated:



Trading Data

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  • 52 Week Lo: $19.41
  • 52 Week Hi: $24.85
  • AUM: $13.7 M
  • Shares: 0.7 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 11,378
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 11,770

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Analyst Report

This ETF is part of a suite of "market neutral" products offered by QuantShares, a unique lineup of funds that has the potential to appreciate (or lose value) in any type of market. Because BTAL maintains equal long and short dollar positions, its performance is independent of the overall market; rather, it depends on how certain sub-sets (or factors) of the U.S. equity market perform relative to one another. As such, these securities can be used in a number of different ways. Since they should exhibit very low correlations to both stock and bond markets, some may see BTAL as a tool for smoothing out portfolio volatility--essentially a diversifying agent within traditional stock-and-bond portfolios. Others who believe the methodology has the potential to exploit market inefficiencies may see it as a means of generating alpha over both long and short time periods. Specifically, BTAL is designed to capture the spread return between high beta and low beta stocks; the portfolio maintains long positions in low beta stocks and short positions in high beta stocks. As such, BTAL can be generally expected to perform well when the market declines and to struggle when markets are climbing. This strategy is certainly nothing new; investors have been implementing strategies designed to capture the spreads between asset classes or sub-classes for decades. But the availability of this strategy within the ETF wrapper is a new innovation; it gives investors an opportunity to access a technique that may be time consuming and quite expensive if implemented individually through a single ticker symbol that brings all the efficiencies of ETFs. There are a couple interesting aspects of BTAL (and all QuantShares ETFs for that matter). The underlying portfolios are sector neutral, which ensures that the fund isn't simply long in sectors that traditionally exhibit low betas (such as utilities) and short sectors that have high betas (such as technology); rather, BTAL consists of both long and short positions in each sector of the market. Moreover, individual positions are equal weighted, which ensures that no one stock will dominate either the long or short positions in the portfolio. For investors who are seeking a low maintenance way to access this long/short strategy, BTAL could be an attractive option. This ETF could also be a useful tool for investors looking to bet on a market decline but unwilling to take on the significant risk that comes with a short-only strategy. BTAL should function as a tool to perform well in down markets, but with limited downside if stocks actually climb. The most significant drawback we see is the relatively high expense ratio. Because the underlying portfolio is market neutral, it would be reasonable to expect that long-term performance, before fees, should be close to zero. After taking out 80 basis points or so in expenses, that makes it likely that BTAL will lose money over the long haul, especially if markets trend upwards over the long run.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for BTAL on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Long-Short with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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BTAL Overall Realtime Rating:

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Liquidity B+ RALS
Expenses B- CSLS

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BTAL In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.

BTAL Holdings

Filings Data as of: Oct 04, 2016
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Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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BTAL Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

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Expenses Ratio Analysis

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Commission Free Trading

This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.

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There are 2 other ETFs in the Long-Short ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

BTAL Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

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The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.

The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of BTAL relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

BTAL Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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BTAL Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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BTAL Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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  • 20 Day MA: $21.10
  • 60 Day MA: $21.36
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.06
  • MACD 100 Period: -0.68
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 39.24
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 25.75
  • RSI 10 Day: 47
  • RSI 20 Day: 46
  • RSI 30 Day: 46
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 57

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $20.76
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $21.54
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $20.55
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $21.62
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $20.67
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $21.62

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $21.09
  • Support Level 2: $21.07
  • Resistance Level 1: $21.11
  • Resistance Level 2: $21.11


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 74.70
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 33.87
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 65.27
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 56.86

Fact Sheet

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