Six Things to Consider with Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) look a lot like stocks because they trade during the day, can be sold short, and have options and they look a lot like mutual funds because they aren’t tied to a single company.  The items are important things to know. There’s more to ETF cost than the annual fee If you aren’t planning to just buy and hold your ETF investment …

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VIX Mid-Term Futures Contango at Historic Highs

In the past you could invest in mid-term volatility, four to seven months out, without worrying too much about the erosive effects of contango.  That’s not the case anymore.   Strategies that hold long/short positions in mid-term and short term VIX futures as well as ETPs that hold mid-termVIX futures such as Barclays’ VXZ and XVZ and ProShare’s VIXM are getting dragged down. Most of …

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