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ProShares continues to beef up its lineup of alternative ETFs, recently rolling out a pair of products that offer leveraged exposure to “breakeven inflation.” The new ETFs will deliver 3x and -3x daily leveraged exposure to indexes comprised of both long and short positions in ten-year bonds, with the goal of giving investors tools for betting on changes in the market’s expectations for inflation. The new ETFs are:  [click to continue…]

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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors overseas were cheerful as well as borrowing costs dropped after successful Spanish and Italian debt auctions. However, much of the gains on the week evaporated on Friday as investors gave into selling pressures following the downgrade of France’s credit rating and worse-than-expected earnings results from J.P. Morgan.

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ProShares is continuing to build out its suite of ETFs offering exposure to alternatives, announcing this week the launch of a pair of funds designed to offer exposure to “breakeven inflation.” That term refers to the spread difference in yield between Treasuries and TIPS (i.e., the yield on Treasuries less the yield on TIPS of […]

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