June 2012

Covered Call ETFs: Do the Returns Justify the Fees?

June 24, 2012

As volatility pushes higher and expected future returns decline, investors are turning to income strategies to generate better long-run returns. Covered calls are one such way to boost returns and reduce volatility. Covered Call ETFs There are only two American covered call ETFs: CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index ETN (BWV) – The BuyWrite ETN tracks […]

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Is the Active Bear ETF A Perfect Hedging Fund?

June 17, 2012

John DelVecchio, manager of the Active Bear ETF, received a front page mention on the Wall Street Journal for his foresight to sell short Green Mountain Coffee Roasters just before the firm announced earnings that missed Wall Street estimates. The company lost nearly half its market cap in a single day. DelVecchio’s investors who own […]

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PIMCO Fund Seeks Global Yields with Inflation Protection

June 10, 2012

Carry trades are a key part of international speculation. Investors borrow funds in low-cost markets like the US and Japan to invest internationally for a higher yield. PIMCO thinks it can beat benchmarks to seek global yields with inflation protection. Its new fund, the Global Advantage Inflation-Linked Bond Strategy Fund (ILB) will invest in global […]

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FRAK – An ETF for Fracking Stocks

June 3, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” may forever change the course of energy production in the United States. The energy boom is on – and it appears that there may be far more energy that can be brought to surface economically than anyone had ever thought. Thanks to technological improvement, natural gas can be recovered as far […]

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