I wrote last week about the best oil ETFs. In the process, I discovered an interesting feature of the PowerShares DB Oil ETF (DBO), of which I had not previously been aware.
Specifically, as I described, other oil ETFs have a practice of automatically rolling into the next month’s oil futures contract when the current month contract expires – even if doing so will cause some price decay, as in “contango,” when the next month’s contract is higher priced than the current months (which commonly happens due to storage costs incurred by the party holding the physical commodity, etc). DBO, on the other hand, designed their ETF to NOT automatically roll into the next month’s futures contract, specifically to address that problem of decay, or “negative roll yield.” Instead, PowerShares uses what it calls an “Optimum Yield” formula to automatically roll into the most attractive near-month futures contract (of the next 13 months). In so doing, DBO thereby claims to optimize the fund’s “roll yield” (whether markets are in a state of contango or the opposite condition, known as backwardation). Continue reading "In Search of the Most Efficient Energy & Commodity ETFs"→
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You only have to watch my earlier videos to see that it has performed very well this week in gold as well as the crude. In today’s short video I want to share an ETF that is setting up nicely and should be giving us a buy signal using the same strategy that we used in the earlier gold and crude oil videos.
This ETF which closely follows the Swiss Franc (symbol FXF) is one you may want to take a look at. As you may be aware, the Swiss Franc is independent of the euro zone and is a separate currency that is backed by the Swiss government.
A recent article in the publication Barron's pointed out one of the big success stories in 2010 has been the growth of the ETF market. This market is expected to close out the year around $1 trillion up from $794 billion at year-end 2009.
For quite some time now we at MarketClub have been big fans of ETFs for investors. There are several reasons for this, but one of the great reasons is the easy way it allows investors to diversify their holdings not only across different markets, but also across different countries. We utilize this particular strategy in 2 popular ETF portfolios that we have constructed for MarketClub members.
We have been trading the ETF FXE for some time now in MarketClub's Perfect "R" Portfolio and today we exited our long position at $136.64, which produced a profit of $8.14 a share.
This market has performed very well for us and we have only had two major trend changes for the year so far. The FXE is an ETF that mimics the Euro versus the US Dollar, so there's always plenty movement which equals opportunity in the market. That is one of the principal reasons why we chose to include this ETF in the Perfect "R" Portfolio.Continue reading "Another nice profit in this ETF"→