The Ugliness Update

January 15, 2016

Markets around the world have been rather obnoxious during the opening weeks in 2016. How bad? Here is a list of some of the key countries returns via ETF investments.

The U.S. (SPY – 8.2%) doesn’t seem so bad comparably.


In The Wake of TVIX and GAZ – A List Of The ETFs With Highest Premium/Discount

March 28, 2012

As we saw with last week’s plunge in the VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX (TVIX), investors should not necessarily judge a book buy its cover. Not all ETFs or Mutual Funds are always what their name implies. Read more

Russian Equities: Oil Love You, Oil Love You Nyet (3 ETF Plays)

January 31, 2012

Over the past year or so, Russia’s markets have in a love/hate relationship with investors. Often tied to the movement in oil and commodities, Russian equities have been in favor most recently.

We added a position to portfolios in December, only to be quickly in the red. As the position moved further down, we added another small position and have been pleased with the almost non-stop ramp higher since then.

The most recent “election” of Putin almost put the gains at risk as protests filled the streets. That has all calm down at this point – voluntarily.

We like the idea that Russia markets are commodity linked. Of course the Read more

AGG Commodities – How to Play

August 12, 2009

We are using the Powershares Agriculture ETF (DBA) to play the growing explosion of prices on many food commodities . Recently, sugar moved higher on the prospect that India will have a tough time with their crops this year after record droughts. That is one component of the 4 in this ETF. Brazil is also having trouble with too much rainfall that is creating Read more

TDI Podcast 112: Manipulating Markets with ETFs

June 8, 2009

Guests: Brett Steenbarger and Michael Greenberger are part of an important discussion regarding both market psychology and market manipulation. A wide range of ideas are floated regarding the equity and commodity markets. Can this be true? Seems like we stepped back in time to last summer when oil hit $140.


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Brett Steenbarger

Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. has been actively involved in the financial markets since the late 1970s. He has served as Director of Trader Development for Kingstree Trading, LLC in Chicago and currently consults with traders in a number of professional trading organizations. Visit his site HERE.

He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. A clinical psychologist and active trader, writer, and researcher for the past 20 years, Brett is the author of Enhancing Trader Performance (Wiley, 2006); The Psychology of Trading (Wiley; 2003); and numerous articles on trading psychology for print and online financial publications.

His book chapters on brief psychotherapy can be found in such reference works as The Psychologist’s Desk Reference (Oxford University Press, 1998), Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy (Academic Press, 2002), Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist (Academic Press, 2006), and the forthcoming editions of Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry and The Handbook of Clinical Psychology. His co-edited book, The Art and Science of the Brief Psychotherapies (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004), has been selected as a core training text for psychiatry residency programs.

Michael GreenbergerSince July 2001, Michael Greenberger has been a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches a course entitled “Futures, Options and Derivatives.”

Professor Greenberger was a partner for more than 20 years in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, where he served as lead litigation counsel before courts of law nationwide, including the United States Supreme Court.

In 1997, Professor Greenberger left private practice to become the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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