Posts filed under “ETFs”
GLD was briefly the world’s biggest exchange-traded fund. In August 2011, GLD had assets of more than $77 billion, surpassing SPY (SPDR S&P 500 ETF) for a short time. The SPDR Gold Trust’s market capitalization rose to $76.7 billion — gold briefly topped $1,880/ounce. At the same time, SPY’s “capitalization” was ~$74.4 billion.
I missed this detail in real time (I caught the Bond version in 2003). With the benefit of hindsight, its easy to say this was a contrarian signal. Not that you should short GLD, although that surely was a wonderful trade. But rather, that SPY was attractive, as this was a sign of extreme dislike for equities.
Have a look at the SPY chart and GLD (and Apple as well). click charts to enlarge them
And for a little comparison, here is Apple — GLD looks somewhat similar . . .
TBTF ETF Backtest (Red) Source: Bespoke I am putting together a new ETF that consists entirely of companies that have become so large and systemically important that they are guaranteed survival regardless of their own incompetency. It is a market cap weighted index (naturally) so that those names that represent the greatest threat to…Read More
Since it is a Friday (following Valentine’s Day), I want to step back from the usual market gyrations to discuss a broader topic: The pursuit of Alpha, where it goes wrong, and the actual cost in Beta. For those of you unfamiliar with the Wall Street’s Greek nomenclature, a quick (and oversimplified) primer: When we…Read More
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Source: Bianco Research
Some of the charts nearby, courtesy of Bianco Research, put it into perspective visually.
By way of their simplicity, low cost and passive indexing, ETFs are becoming the most dominant product in finance.