A New Short ETF

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The Street.com reports that ProShares is launching another inverse Exchange Traded Fund: The ProShares Short 20+ Year Treasury(TBF) is set to track the Barclays Capital U.S. 20+ Year Treasury Bond Index, an underlying index used for successful traditional funds. Investors may be temped to believe that a “single” inverse Treasury fund like TBF would be less risky than other types …

Sunday Musings: Everybody Is Doing The Same Thing

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Yesterday, I tried to answer the question whether the dollar is really headed for abyss as so many investors seem to think. Bill Fleckenstein had some thoughts on the topic in “There’s no will to fight inflation:” The world’s central banks are loath to take away the punch bowl. Lest you think otherwise, consider the path forged by the Reserve …

Looking Ahead

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Reader Tad had some interesting comments recently. Among other things he said: One day, soon, I would like to see a blog from you on “what happens when we default on our debt”. Or, with the US dollar close to what could be freefall, “what happens if it does go into freefall” and what would you advise in the way …

No Load Fund/ETF Tracker updated through 8/27/2009

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My latest No Load Fund/ETF Tracker has been posted at:http://www.successful-investment.com/newsletter-archive.phpWith an apparent floor and a ceiling firmly in place, the major indexes meandered around the unchanged line, but closed slightly higher. Our Trend Tracking Index (TTI) for domestic funds/ETFs has now crossed its trend line (red) to the upside by +6.42% keeping the current buy signal intact. The effective date …

The Hidden Costs Of ETFs

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The Wall Street Journal featured an interesting piece titled “For some Investors, Night of Living ETF.” Here are some highlights: Low costs are a selling point for the exchange-traded-fund industry. But more than a quarter of the ETFs on the market are hitting shareholders with high trading costs that escape many investors’ notice. These ETFs typically have relatively few assets …

Bernanke To The Rescue

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The markets bobbed and weaved a bit yesterday but Fed chairman Bernanke’s nomination for a second term cheered traders, who are now looking for more economic stability and growth. I must be one of the few who is not impressed by Bernanke’s resume, especially due to the fact that he never saw the housing bubble and subsequent recession coming, but …