Short ETFs

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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1000 Best and Worst ETFs of 2011

October 19, 2011

With 2011 coming to a close, it’s a good time to take inventory of which ETFs fared the best which may lend some insight into trends and sectors to keep an eye on going into the close of the year.  With tax-loss harvesting, asset rebalancing, and the dreaded annual returns fund managers must report following […]

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3 Ways to Short Italy Following Historic Austerity Measures

August 14, 2011

After this week’s historic austerity measures passed by Italy, investors will be wondering how to short Italy immediately given the effect austerity measures tend to have on economies and thus, local equities, in the near-term.  It’s tough to argue that the Euro region wasn’t going to have to enact austerity measures eventually to ensure long-term […]

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How to Short Gold…If You Dare

October 13, 2010

With the price of gold hitting new highs seemingly daily, one would have to be rather daring to swim against the tide.  But if you’re looking to take up a contrarian position against continued gold price increases, there are a few ways you could do so.  First, let’s look at what’s driving the current price […]

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How to Short Treasuries: With Yields this Low, Trade of the Century?

October 6, 2010

Treasury Yields continue to drift lower, breaking new records weekly it seems.  Many attribute the current rate to investors baking in a substantial Quantitative Easing measure (dubbed QE2) to the tune of $500 Billion to $1 Trillion, as well as some substantial announcements out of Japan recently on their QE program. Even high yield muni […]

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Worst ETFs of 2010 – You’ll Be Surprised

September 10, 2010

While 2010 has to date been a relatively flat year for the developed market indices and some of the emerging markets are up big, like the Colombia stock market, there has definitely been some volatility in particular sectors like Financials, Real Estate, Bonds and Treasuries.  At first glance, you might expect that the worst performing […]

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Why Bear Market Funds are Lousy Investments

July 21, 2010

During the recent financial collapse, the perpetual bears had their day, crowing about how they were right all along and the US was in for a cataclysmic crash.  Their chorus grew especially loud during the March lows, which in retrospect was the worst time in decades to either sell your long positions or enter into […]

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3 Protective Trades to Combat Volatility Now

May 4, 2010

With investors spooked by suspicions that the Greece bailout will be inadequate and the Euro zone debt crisis may spiral into Spain, Portugal and perhaps further, indices worldwide tumbled substantially for the first time in months, reminiscent of the 2%+ losses we were seeing daily during the financial meltdown of 2008-2009.  Seeing as how investors […]

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