Posts filed under “Index/ETFs”
As the market has sold off since January, exchange-traded fund volumes have outpaced those of the underlying indexes, suggesting that ETFs are increasingly becoming the hedging and speculative mechanisms of choice in the U.S. equity market.
Since the year began, volume in the PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ) ETF relative to the Nasdaq-100 index has jumped from around 35% to more than 50%; in the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) relative to the index, from around 20% to 30%; and in the SPDR Trust Series 1 (SPY) relative to the S&P 500 index, from around 17% to 27%.
ETF volume relative to underlying index volume
When we made our buy ‘em call on October 10th, we wanted to avoid single stock risk. And, we wanted to have prudent exposure, while still maintaining some cash levels. Our solution was to deploy enough cash into 2 to 1 leveraged funds on the S&P (SSO) and the Nasdaq 100 (QLD) so that our…Read More
Nearly every sector of the financial world is mid-way through a painful unwinding of all things leverage. That’s right, I said nearly every sector. Triple-levered ETF funds have just launched and my guest blogger and investor Paul Kedrosky calls them ticking time bombs waiting to explode.
Why the market likes them, and Kedrosky hates them in the clip.
When Exchange Funds Go Bad
Yahoo Tech Ticker Nov 05, 2008 02:00pm
No wonder Wired wrote:
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