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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Technicals Point To More Gains

After a hugely bullish week for the markets last week, Market technician Dave Chojnacki of Street One Financial prepares investors for the new four-day trading week with an update of the important technicals to focus on for the major U.S. averages.
DJIA May 30, 2017 7:57am

Why Is The ETF Market Preparing For A ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And A ‘Market Meltdown’?

market cautionSome really weird things are happening in the financial world right now.  If you go back to 2008, there was lots of turmoil bubbling just underneath the surface during the months leading up to the great stock market crash
NYSE:DIA May 13, 2015 11:41pm

How To Play The Taper Talk

dollar ben bernanke:  Will the Federal Reserve taper quantitative easing in September? This question has become the main topic of discussion among investors, since reducing or ending quantitative easing can have significant implications on the broader
NYSE:DIA September 12, 2013 12:54pm

Wall Street Insiders are Starting To Get Very Nervous

wall-street-etfWhy are some of the biggest names in the corporate world unloading stock like there is no tomorrow, and why are some of the most prominent investors on Wall Street loudly warning about the possibility of a market crash?  Should we be alarmed
NYSE:FAZ February 21, 2013 9:45pm

12 Signs Showing The Next Recession In The U.S. Is Underway (GLD, TZA, FAZ, FAS, INDEXSP:.INX)

Michael Snyder: Is the U.S. economy in a recession right now?  Has the next recession in the United States already begun?  Unfortunately, there are a lot of economic numbers
NYSE:FAS July 19, 2012 10:22pm

Which Natural Gas ETF Will Perform Better? (UNL, UNG)

natural-gas-etf"The official-sounding but totally private United States Commodity Funds has launched another ETF based on natural gas
ETF BASIC NEWS November 19, 2009 12:22pm

Astor Asset Management named No. 4 Top ETF Manager for 2008

top-performerAstor Asset Management’s (aam123.com) Long Short Balanced Program was named the No. 4 Best Performing Program by Forbes.com, based on data compiled by Barclays Global Investors’ iShares. Astor’s program began trading in 2001 and has averaged over 6.5% a year since inception with only one down year. Astor uses a fundamental model to determine the direction of the economic cycles for multiple non-correlating assets and uses Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) to construct diversified, non-correlating portfolios including: S&P 500 Trust (SPY), PowerShares QQQQ Trust (QQQQ), iShares iBoxx Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD), PowerShares DB Agriculture (DBA), and SPDR Gold Shares (GLD). Additionally, Astor uses inverse ETFs, such as Short S&P 500 ProShares (SH), Direxion Financial Bull 3X Shares (FAS), and UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ProShares (TBT) to hedge exposure during adverse market conditions. “Although we do not like to highlight performance in any one year because we believe that is not productive or even relevant to our goals, we are honored to be among the top performing programs featured by Forbes.com,” stated Rob Stein, managing partner of Astor Asset Management and senior portfolio manager of the Long Short Balance Program. Full Story:  http://www.emailwire.com/release/21928-Astor-Asset-Management-named-No-4-Top-ETF-Manager-for-2008.html
ETF BASIC NEWS April 23, 2009 3:46pm

ProShares Files For 3X Leverage On 94 New ETFs

3x1Despite warnings that speed can kill, another leading alternative exchange-traded funds sponsor is preparing to jump into the super-leveraged exchange-traded funds race. ProShares is requesting that the Securities and Exchange Commission allow it to provide up to 300% leverage and 300% inverse exposure to 37 different indexes. Although it's seeking so-called 3x approval for a list of some 94 new ETFs, it's highly unlikely the leading leveraged and inverse provider will launch all in the near future.  But even if only a handful on the new list are brought to market, the filing opens the door for ProShares to at least enter the most juiced-up leverage game in ETFs at the moment. And that has proved to be quite a lucrative undertaking for the lone sponsor to make the leap from 200% coverage—the previous high among leveraged ETFs.  Rival Direxion upped the ante late last year by becoming the first to offer ETFs that aim at taking 300% leverage and inverse positions. (See story here.) The other major player in the leverage ETF field, Rydex, also is awaiting government approval for its 3X proposals. Meanwhile, as ProShares and Rydex sit on the sidelines, Direxion is gaining significant first-mover status in the field. Full Story:  http://www.indexuniverse.com/sections/newsinfocus/5742-proshares-files-for-3x-leverage-on-97-new-etfs.html
ETF BASIC NEWS April 22, 2009 12:37pm

Will Hedge Fund ETFs Outperform Hedge Funds?

hedge-fundOn paper, the hedge fund industry is one ripe for a challenge from the ETF industry. Hedge funds have high manager risk, and were previously out of reach for many investors due to high minimum investment requirements and exorbitant fees. Enter the hedge fund ETF. The First Ever Hedge Fund ETF: QAI The IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker (QAI) began trading last month as the first ever hedge fund ETF. Of course, it’s not the first time someone has used ETFs to mimic hedge funds. Many people have utilized ETFs to build their own hedge funds, so to speak. Though, this strategy requires active research and management, and wouldn’t necessary track the publicly available hedge fund activity, which QAI does. QAI is also unique in that it doesn’t try to execute a particular hedge fund strategy, but rather tries to to replicate the returns of the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index, which tracks the entire hedge fund universe. Essentially, it buys the entire hedge fund market, which includes long/short equity hedge funds, global macro hedge funds, market neutral hedge funds, event-driven hedge funds, fixed income arbitrage hedge funds, and emerging markets hedge funds. It doesn’t invest in hedge funds directly, but instead in other instruments which can allow it to mimic their returns. Full Story:  http://seekingalpha.com/article/132180-will-hedge-fund-etfs-outperform-hedge-funds
NYSE:QAI

Try Putting Your Bad Trades On The Couch

couchETF providers entice investors to new offerings with gain-enhancing features like "risk exposure," "retirement solutions" and "investment strategies." The list goes on. But regardless of what you buy or what happens in the market, the outcome ultimately depends on what's happening in your brain, says Janice Dorn, a financial psychiatrist and gold futures trader. Dorn has mentored or coached more than 600 investors/traders. She counsels that you must master yourself in order to master ETFs. IBD: What proportion of your clients specialized in trading ETFs? And what were their most common problems? Dorn: At least 40% of the traders I have mentored or coached trade ETFs and, of these, approximately 30% specialize or want to specialize in ETFs. The chief complaint of most traders is that they are unable to make or keep enough money. They are failing, depressed, anxious and stressed. Their challenges manifest in several ways including: inability to take a trade, not cutting losses, taking profits too quickly, not adhering to stops, having no real concept of risk or risk management, and overtrading. Full Story:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Try-Putting-Your-Bad-Trades-ibd-14978969.html?.v=1
ETF BASIC NEWS April 21, 2009 11:00am

Deal Or No Deal – Cash Or Stocks?

deal-or-no-dealInvestors are suffering from Howie Mandel's "Deal or no Deal syndrome:" You never know what's next, the banker is always against you and models (Wall Street puppets) can't give any profitable tips. Read this article to find out when to hold'em and when to fold'em.     Aside from the one million dollar price, investing in the markets has been somewhat like contending on Howie Mandel’s Deal or no Deal. Wall Street analysts and economist have given investors about as much profitable guidance about where the market’s going as Howie’s 26 models about where the million is hidden – none!

Unlike Howie’s guests, investors “play” with their own money, they have “skin in the game.” This market meltdown translates into more than just a few less cases (and ladies) to choose from. This is serious stuff, stuff that affects everyday life.

Unlike Howie’s contestants, each and every one of us knows how much our case of money (portfolio) is worth. The question is, should we cash in and protect what we have or “gamble” for higher values?

Today’s Wall Street “models”

Economist and Wall Street were just as baffled by the market meltdown as Jim Cramer and the likes who insist that nobody could’ve foreseen this turn of events.

At this point though, there is nothing we can do to undo the S&P’s (NYSEArca: SPY) and Russell 1000’s (NYSEArca: IWB) 50%+ top-to bottom drop. Rather than raising sunken ships to calm the storm, let’s fortify our ships. In other words, what did we learn that will protect our life savings in the future?

First and foremost, we need to remember not to allow our judgment to be clouded by complacency. As this rally continues, investors will grow more confident about a continuation of this rally. This entitlement of profits to come was the exactly sentiment that led to the post October ’07 meltdown. Be aware of a repeat!

Dr. Doom turns soft

In September 2006, Mr. Roubini, one of the few and probably the most popular economist who early on saw the writing on the wall, said that the United States was likely to face a once-in-a-lifetime housing bust, an oil shock, sharply declining consumer confidence and, ultimately, a deep recession.

Full Story:  http://www.etfguide.com/research/155/8/Deal-Or-No-Deal-–-Cash-Or-Stocks?/

NYSE:IWB April 13, 2009 1:57pm

How ETFs Have Dodged The Bullet And Prospered

etf-news1Despite the market crash and credit crisis of 2008, exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen prosperity and made unconventional headway. The prosperity of the ETF industry has come at the expense of mutual funds. In 2008, there were 160 new ETFs launched as compared to a measly 21 new mutual funds.  Additionally, net inflow into U.S. equity ETFs were a positive $120.8 billion versus $162.4 billion net outflow for U.S. equity mutual funds. In March, the National Stock Exchange reports that more than $8 billion in net inflows went into ETFs. This reverses February’s anomaly, which saw $5.8 billion in net outflows, reports Murray Coleman for Index Universe. Additionally, there were 752 ETFs with $484.6 billion in assets by month’s end. ETNs also gained $4.6 billion in assets. Additionally, Joshua Lipton of Forbes reports the following numbers, statistics and facts on ETFs:
  • There are 737 ETFs that are offered to investors and range from everything as going short on gold to taking long positions on Malaysia
  • Over the past three years, ETF assets have skyrocketed 77%, while non ETF mutual fund assets climbed a mere 9%
  • ETFs account for 40% of all index fund market share, and this number is expected to increase in the near future
  • Most mutual fund providers are offering a vast array of ETF products.  Vanguard offers 39 different ETFs and holds $45 billion in ETF assets and Fidelity just recently broke into the ETF world
  • 2008 was the year the actively managed ETF was launched, building an empire of 13 actively managed ETFs and $240 million in assets
So why have ETFs become so popular?  The answer is fairly simple, investors and money managers have educated themselves on their benefits, which include tax efficiency, transparency, low costs, intraday trading, diversification and exposure to just about any sector or market. Additionally, the rise of ETFs will help accelerate the purging of assets from the mutual fund universe. In a market turnaround, look for ETFs to get more than their fair share of the assets. Kevin Grewal contributed to this article. Source: Tom Lydon www.etftrends.com
ETF BASIC NEWS April 6, 2009 8:18pm

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