Build A ‘Whatever Happens’ Portfolio Now [Whole Foods Market, Inc., Duke Energy Corp, Pfizer Inc.]

Wall streetJoseph L. Shaefer: I sent a note to our clients earlier today that I think may have value for our loyal readers here, as well. I will share my comments to them, but also remind you of the specific funds, ETFs and individual securities we have previously discussed
NYSE:DOG August 21, 2014 11:57am

How To Lower The Volatility Within Your ETF Portfolio

ETFsDavid Fabian: With the market starting to flatten out near the highs, many investors are starting to wonder when the next correction will set in.  We have yet to see a meaningful pullback this year, despite the omnipresent headlines warning
NYSE:PHDG August 14, 2013 5:56pm

Which Volatility Hedged ETF Should You Consider? (VQT, VIXH)

ETFsEric Dutram: We live in a funny world. Just about a month ago, almost everybody was talking about a major downtrend in the equity markets anticipating a drop off the fiscal cliff.
NYSE:VIXH January 22, 2013 5:48pm

ETF Picks To Play 4 Megatrends In The Next Decade

Eric Dutram: As we have seen in the past few years, the global political and economic landscape can change quite rapidly and in a very short period of time. This shifting picture doesn’t
NASDAQ:AAXJ December 14, 2012 12:08am

PowerShares Debuts The S&P 500 Downside Hedged Portfolio ETF (PHDG, SPHD, VQT)

Eric Dutram: PowerShares, one of the biggest issuers of ETFs in the world, has been on the product development front a bit more as of late, reversing a trend in which the company seemed to be on a new fund hiatus. The firm recently launched a S&P 500 High Dividend ETF
NYSE:PHDG December 7, 2012 1:09pm

VelocityShares Files For 5 ETFs (VIXH, VQT, VSPY, VSPR, UVXY, SVXY)

Eric Dutram: VelocityShares initially sought to shake up the broad exchange-traded market with its innovative lineup of VIX-focused ETNs. The company soon branched out into various
NYSE:VIXH October 1, 2012 11:59pm

First Trust Debuts S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge ETF (VIXH, VQT)

Eric Dutram: As markets continue to oscillate in a narrow range, many investors are starting to wonder which way stocks will trend next. Some are looking for equities to test new highs as uncertainties from the presidential election, geopolitical worries,
NYSE:VIXH August 31, 2012 11:12am

3 Defensive ETFs For A Bear Market (HDGE, VQT, BTAL)

Eric Dutram: Thanks to growing worries over the euro zone and an employment problem in the U.S., many investors are growing skeptical about a broad recovery. Stocks have begun to reflect this pessimism as of late while many portfolio managers
NYSE:BTAL July 26, 2012 2:05pm

Performance Of Volatility Hedged ETPs (SPY, VXX, SPLV, VSPY, VQT, XVZ)

Bill Luby: An emerging area of interest in the markets in general and in this space in particular is the subject of how to blend volatility exposure – both long and short – into a portfolio.
NYSE:SPLV June 15, 2012 2:50pm

A Look At One Lie and One Fact About the VIX (VXZ, VXX, TVIX, XVZ, VQT, TVIZ)

Jared Levy: My first lesson in the stock market had nothing to do with stocks at all. My mentor sat me down, looked me in the eye and said, "As long as you can understand human emotion and math, you'll make a great option trader."
NYSE:TVIX June 12, 2012 11:12am

Strategy: Buying VIX Calls As A Portfolio Hedge (SPY, TVIX, VXZ, VXX, VQT, TVIZ, XVZ)

Jim Fink:  Because VIX calls are based on VIX futures instead of the more volatile “spot” VIX, in the past I suggested that it would be easier to hedge a portfolio against a “black swan” stock market decline using S&P 500 puts–either the cash-settled SPX index puts or the equity-settled SPY ETF puts.
NYSE:SPY May 30, 2012 12:09pm

Charting The Performance Of VIX ETP Hedges In Current Selloff (TVIX, VXX, VXZ, XVZ, VQT, TVIZ)

Bill Luby: It was only a week ago that I discussed the performance of 31 VIX and volatility-based exchange-traded products in VIX ETP Returns for Q1 2012 and barely a month ago that I examined in some detail the workings of two VIX ETPs, VQT and XVZ, in Dynamic VIX ETPs as Long-Term Hedges.

NYSE:TVIX April 11, 2012 10:45am


Bill Luby: Back in my consulting days, I convinced myself that there were rare instances when an ugly chart crammed full of data should take precedence over a clean and simple graphic that focused on the key takeaways. For my purposes at least, the graphic below, while unlikely to garner accolades from the likes of

NYSE:TVIX April 3, 2012 1:46pm

The Dangers Of Anticipating A Market Reversal (SPLV, PBP, TVIX, VXX, VXZ, XVZ, VQT)

Bill Luby:  Raise your hand if you are anticipating a bearish reversal in stocks in the near future. Great. Lots of hands here... Now let’s be honest, how many were also expecting a reversal a week ago? a month ago? ever since the calendar turned to 2012?

NYSE:PBP March 21, 2012 3:50pm

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