Tag: futures

04 Jan 2017
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Alternative Links: Best Diversifying Options

But even amid the gloom, managed futures was the only alternatives category to be in net positive flows, perhaps a sign that advisors have come to recognize managed-futures funds as one of the best diversifying options in a portfolio. The Year in Alternative Funds: A Bumpy Road With Some Bright Spots – (MorningStar)   Money […]

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30 Dec 2016
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The Best and Worst Futures Markets of 2016

Twenty-sixteen is just about in the books, which means it’s our cue to draw some quick conclusions about the performance of the various commodity futures markets. Now that crude oil looks like it’s bottomed off from it’s multi-year decline, people are starting to get bullish on long-only commodity ETFs – with some even suggesting the […]

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21 Sep 2011

FOMC Reaction Summary

For those of you wanting to know what the general reaction to the Fed’s announcement of “The Twist,” a picture is worth a thousand words. This one was worth thousands of dollars in market movement. Who knows what comes next? [DISCLAIMER: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.]

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23 Sep 2011

Turns out E*Trade doesn’t like being called out…

Earlier this year, we criticized E*Trade for their “it’s-so-easy-a-baby-can-do-it” rendering of trading. In our mind, it’s definitely misleading material- at best. But we weren’t the only ones who thought so… CollegeHumor.com, known for their humorous videos and articles that rely on parody to get a laugh, put together a video called “E-Trade Baby Loses Everything.” […]

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05 Oct 2011

Here’s Your Data, Mr. Ritholtz

We came across the following line from one of our favorite bloggers, Barry Ritholtz, last week: “Lately, it looks like the Equity Futures predict little more than the Open,” he mused. “Are they that easily pushed around? Do they contain less and less information? I would love to see a correlation study looking at their […]

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11 Apr 2012

How Low Can it Go?

Since the peak in mid-2008, natural gas has been playing an impressive game of limbo. Just when you thought it couldn’t go any lower, down it goes. The short side of this trade is doing well for now, but how much lower can prices go?

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18 Jul 2012

Why the Futures Trade Matters

Grain prices are soaring as the heat and drought parches crops across the Midwest. To us, this serves as an excellent reminder of why the futures industry is too valuable to be hobbled by the corruption and incompetence of a few.

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15 Aug 2012

The August Doldrums

It’s been a strange couple of weeks. It has reminded us of one of those scenes in a horror movie when it gets just a little too quiet… Major markets are trading in a narrow range, volume is down all over the place, twitter’s all abuzz about the VIX falling below 15… just what is going on?

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