Now Is The Season To: May 2012

Published on by on May 2, 2012

Consider Real Return ETFs

Domestic equity markets hit a handful of road bumps throughout April as a string of sour economic data releases reminded investors that the recovery is still fragile. Resurfacing Euro zone debt woes, stemming from Spain this time, also paved the way for volatile trading across markets; investors on both sides of the Atlantic were quick to take profits given the cloud of uncertainty looming over the currency bloc. Nonetheless, confidence remains strong on the home front as the latest FOMC announcement reaffirmed the ongoing policy of ultra-low rates until late 2014 at the earliest. Given this economic backdrop, the threat of inflation remains a key concern for investors looking to protect their portfolios against this infamous value-killer. As such, this month we take a closer at the appeal and inner workings of real return ETFs. 

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FactorShares 2X: Gold Bull/S&P500 Bear (FSG) is a leveraged spread ETF designed for investors who believe gold will increase in value relative to large-cap U.S. equities in one day or less. FSG seeks to track approximately +200% of the daily return of the S&P Gold – Equity Spread Total Return Index (before fees and expenses) by primarily establishing a leveraged long position in Gold Futures and a leveraged short position in the E-mini S&P 500 Stock Price Index™ Futures.