VIX Higher, SPX Higher; 30 Yr T touching 3…

Everything went higher today (despite the data during the last minutes into the close); stocks, bonds and fear; a somewhat unique combination of ups. When noticing today's relatively rare direct correlation between equity market volatility (aka VIX), equity indices and "safe haven" US government bonds, option market veteran David Robbins…Read More

27 February, 2012

BuyWriting Back in Vogue: Mutual Funds Warm To “CYA”

We all know that equity markets have been climbing the wall of worry for the past number of months. With both the Dow and S&P recovering to the sanguine levels not seen since the spring of 2008, covered call (buy-write) strategies within the mutual fund complex has until recently remained …Read More

27 February, 2012

Expert ETF Trader: Liquidity Is There; Just Look Beyond…

Other than the ETF market "go-go names", one of the more commonly-voiced, and according to many, often-misguided observations regarding most ETFs is  "won't trade it, there's no liquidity in that name,"  or "the screens are only showing 1000 shares offered and I have to pay up 50 cents to buy…Read More

24 February, 2012

Tip-Toeing Into Social Media: Watch Wedbush

Whether you're sitting inside a buy-side or a sell-side firm,  someone in your shop is talking about using social media. But, you're compliance officer is saying  "Let's let another shop experiment..we don't need to be the SEC test case." Well, Wedbush Securities isn't standing on ceremony. Just a few years…Read More

24 February, 2012

ETF Market’s “Dame Deborah” Fuhr Launches Independent Research Firm

Debbie Fuhr, the undisputed "Dame" of the exchange-traded-funds industry, and most recently BlackRock's Managing Director and global head of ETF research and implementation will open the doors of a new independent research firm, "ETF Global Insight" next Monday. Prior to Debbie's 3-year stint at BlackRock/BGI, she was billeted for 11…Read More

23 February, 2012

Amsterdam Hosting 3rd Annual InsideETFs Europe

Where's a better place than Amsterdam for an International ETF conference in the month of May? Our global concierge says,  "No place compares to Amsterdam, for a variety of reasons!" Which is exactly why IndexUniverse, the largest ETF conference producer, is once again hosting its "Annual InsideETFsEurope" for the third…Read More

22 February, 2012

Bogle Boggles and Balks re: ETFs

In the category of  "He who speaks with forked tongue..." Index Icon and Vanguard Group founder John Bogle once again threw a curve ball while speaking at today's Bloomberg Portfolio Manager Mash-Up. [caption id="attachment_193" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="John Bogle, Vanguard Group founder"][/caption] Stating "ETFs are the greatest trading innovation of the…Read More

16 February, 2012

Barron’s Blog: ETF Spreads & Asking For Trouble

[caption id="attachment_30" align="alignleft" width="60" caption="Barron's Brendan Conway"][/caption] Barron's debuts Brendan Conway's new column "Focus on Funds" with a pithy observation courtesy of veteran ETF trader and former UVa basketball titan Willy Dersch.   See the blog roll here:Read More

13 February, 2012

WallachBeth ETF Trader Takes A Dive: To Raise $100k…

[caption id="attachment_27" align="alignleft" width="80" caption="Chris Hempstead; Head of ETF Trading / WallachBeth Capital"][/caption] Hands above your head and clap 'em together for Chris Hempstead, head of ETF trading at WallachBeth Capital..Hempstead recently took a dive (in frigid water), to help raise $100k for ALS...See the full coverage courtesy of TRADERS…Read More

13 February, 2012