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  • How To Find Opportunities Using VIX

    By Chris Johnson - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: VXX, TVIZ, TVIX, VIIX

    I did some research on the Volatility Index (VIX) a couple of years ago that I subsequently filed away for a later date. The research I compiled presents a very simple and quick way to determine when options players are acting “rationally” or “irrationally” about the market; that is, if the VIX implied market volatility actually matches real market volatility (rational), or if the VIX is over- or under-stating it more »

  • Is The Correction Over?

    By Federico Zaldua - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: VXX, SH, SDS

    Nobody knows if the 11-session, 5.27% S&P 500 decline from the high of 1687.18 on May 22 is over or not. The easiest way to figure it out is to look at the cold data relating to all past corrections in the market greater than 5% to determine the odds that the current sell-off is at an end.

    History shows that the median 5%+ correction since 1927 more »

  • How to Hedge Your Portfolio with a Top Down Approach

    By Jordan Wathen - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: VXX, IEF, SPY, SDS

    With the markets moving wildly after a fast start in 2013, a hedge may be in order. But how can you construct a hedge that will provide for gains even when the market moves against you?

    Using ETFs, investors can place a wager on a falling market to eek out gains from a top-down reversal in the stock market.

    Three Ways to Hedge

    A proper hedge should move inverse to more »

  • Don't Underestimate Europe's Risks

    By Joshua Bondy - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: VXX, UUP, VWO

    Even if they've fallen off the TV news cycle, Europe's economic issues have not disappeared. A number of risk measures point to stresses building up in the continent's financial system. No portfolio can be completely shielded from macro-instabilities, but with a few of the right toos, you can remove some of the risk. 

    What do the numbers show? 

    Interest rates are a rough estimate of risk, since more »

  • Get over the Fiscal Cliff

    By Dana Blankenhorn - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: VXX, QQQ, VOO | Editor's Choice

    For nearly two months, CNBC has been pounding the table over the awful “fiscal cliff” facing us in January. Every day, in every ad, they demand that our leaders “rise above” partisanship and come to an agreement.

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    Anchor Maria Bartiromo (above) has been especially entertaining, practically rending her garments and screaming at the camera, shouting down any Democrat who stands in her way. And Rick Santelli, oh his rages have more »

  • How to Profit from the Wide World of Indices

    By Soroush Pour - July 23, 2012 | Tickers: GCC, VXX, CRBQ, QQQ, DIA

    Think following the S&P 500, the NASDAQ, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is a bit monotonous? Even if you’re not a hipster, we have some good news for you.  In the wide world of indices, there are more choices than even Chuck Norris could wrap his mind around (though here’s a few of the action hero’s favorite stock picks).  Back to the point, some indices more »

  • Weapons of Wealth Destruction

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 15, 2012 | Tickers: FAS, VXX, CORN, UNG, TVIX

    Some sophisticated ETFs look like interesting investing vehicles that make it possible to gain access to smart investment ideas. Under the surface, however, many of these instruments have some very material drawbacks that can be enormously detrimental for investors' returns. It is crucial to understand what's inside each ETF in order to avoid serious and destructive mistakes.

    Climatic conditions over the last week have produced a huge rally in more »

  • How to Stay Afloat When the Markets Are Sinking

    By Soroush Pour - June 13, 2012 | Tickers: XXV, VXZ, VXX, TVIX


  • S&P 500 & Gold; Who Treats You Better?

    By J. Keith Johnson - April 11, 2012 | Tickers: VXX, SPY, GLD, PHYS

    Many seem to perceive a struggle between metals and stock indices, as though investing in one excluded the other. As mentioned the other day in our comparison to the DJIA, it’s as if there’s some sort of irrational love/hate relationship with gold. Today we’ll take a look at gold’s value against what is probably the darling of many investors and traders alike, the Standard & Poor more »

  • How to Protect Your Portfolio With ETFs

    By Andrés Cardenal - March 9, 2012 | Tickers: VXX, UUP, SH, GLD, SDS | Editor's Choice

    Financial markets can be very unstable nowadays; we go from almost panic mode selling to rampant optimism, and vice versa, in a few days. Maybe it´s because the economic scenario is unusually uncertain due to deep rooted economic problems in most of the developed countries.

    High unemployment, below average growth rates and elevated sovereign debt levels are long term problems that won´t be solved overnight. In such a more »