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Buy On The Dip Prospects September 9th Edition

by on September 9, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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Short ETFs: Everything You Need To Know

by on April 23, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF universe has expanded by leaps and bounds, investors now have tools at their disposal to accomplish almost every objective. From plain vanilla stock and bond indexes to hyper-targeted regional and sector funds, there are ETFs to bet on just about every asset class. And there are also a number of ETFs that can be used to bet against certain asset classes, which can be powerful tools for turning a profit in the types of environments that generally bring a sea of red ink to portfolio statements. Inverse ETFs, also known as short ETFs, have become extremely popular for a wide variety of objectives, including as hedging tools and vehicles for speculating on declines in value [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

Short ETFs 101

Short or inverse ETFs generally seek to deliver results that correspond to the inverse, or -100%, of the movement in a specified index over a given period of time. The last part of that objective is critically important to understanding the risk profile offered by these products; inverse ETFs strive to deliver the target multiple (i.e., -100%) over a specified period of time, which is generally a single day. When held for longer periods of time, inverse ETFs will not always deliver returns that correspond to the opposite of the underlying index over that period of time.  [click to continue…]


How To Play A Treasury Bubble With ETFs

by on March 19, 2012 | Updated March 21, 2012

U.S. Treasuries were the talk of the town in 2011 as this asset class shielded investors from the rampant volatility that ripped through equity markets as debt woes on both sides of the Atlantic ocean intensified. However, encouraging economic data releases on the home front have paved the way higher for stocks in recent months, leading some […]

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Investors have been slowly embracing exchange-traded products as a tool for accessing fixed income exposure in recent years, gradually becoming more comfortable with the nuances of bond ETFs and the potential limitations involved when combining this product structure and asset class. As long-term buy-and-holders have increased usage of ETFs as a way to maintain fixed […]

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Three Short Treasury Bond ETFs To Invest Like Bill Gross

by on April 12, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

As the American equity markets have come back strongly in 2011, many investors are growing increasingly concerned that the Federal Reserve will have to raise rates in the near future in order to combat rising commodity prices in an effort to stop inflation from wrecking havoc on the U.S. economy. Thanks to this notion, as […]

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Investors have taken up an increasingly bearish outlook towards fixed income in recent month, as inflationary pressures continue to build and an ongoing economic recovery has increased the likelihood of rate hikes before the end of 2011. The last several weeks have seen ETF issuers roll out a number of products designed to offer inverse […]

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ProShares, the largest issuer of inverse and leveraged ETFs, continues to build out the portion of its product lineup offering opportunities to gain short exposure to fixed income securities. The new Short Investment Grade (IGS) will seek to deliver daily results that correspond to the inverse of the iBoxx $ Liquid Investment Grade Index, a […]

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ProShares, the Maryland-based firm known for a suite of leveraged and inverse ETFs, has launched the first ETF offering daily inverse exposure to junk bonds. The ProShares Short High Yield (SJB) will seek to deliver daily results that correspond to -100% of the daily change in the iBoxx $ Liquid High Yield Index. That index […]

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Direxion, one of the largest providers of leveraged ETFs, has been extremely active on the product development front in 2010, rolling out a number of products that offer investors an opportunity to double down (or triple down) on various asset classes. But the company’s product line will shrink a bit in coming weeks, as firm […]

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JPMorgan, the financial behemoth responsible for the first exchange-traded product offering exposure to the MLP sector, expanded its ETN lineup on Tuesday by introducing two products offering inverse leveraged exposure to Treasuries. The new ETNs, the Double Short U.S. Long Bond Treasury Futures ETN (DSTJ) and the Double Short U.S. 10 Year Treasury Futures ETN […]

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With lingering uncertainty over the outlook for the global economy, safe havens have generated a tremendous amount of interest this year. While much of the attention has focused on gold and its continued run to new record highs, it is another asset class that has stolen the show in 2010. Long-term Treasuries have climbed steadily […]

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The Definitive Inverse ETF Guide: Short/Bear ETFs 101

by on November 5, 2009 | Updated November 30, 2012

As the stock market continues to rise, seemingly running ahead of fundamentals, more and more investors are becoming concerned that the stocks are becoming overvalued, and that a downward correction may be just around the corner. While safe haven investments such as the U.S. dollar and gold are popular picks for investors looking to profit […]

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