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October 31, 2011 at 07:00 AM EDT
ETFs To Smooth Volatility: Looking At Some Long / Short Options
One of the oft-cited benefits of the ETF boom over the last several years is the democratization of asset classes, such as commodities and volatility, that were previously available only to sophisticated and wealthy investors. The marriage of these asset classes with the exchange-traded structure allows investors to tap into securities that can be extremely valuable to both long-term portfolios and more active, tactical investing approaches. The rise of exchange-traded products has also had the effect of bringing countless investment strategies within reach of the average investor; there are now products that segment the markets in almost every way imaginable. From investment disciplines to factor models to quant-based screens, ETFs allow investors to achieve cheap, easy access to stock portfolios that would otherwise require significant time and expenses to construct. When building a long-term portfolio, the primary focus is often on the expected returns of the component securities. But savvy [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Posts: QuantShares Debuts Market Neutral ETFs September ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures ETF Insider: A Week In The Green ETF Insider: No Job Hopes For Wall Street Bulls AdvisorShares Plans SectorSAM ETF
One of the oft-cited benefits of the ETF boom over the last several years is the democratization of asset classes, such as commodities and volatility, that were previously available only to sophisticated and wealthy investors. The marriage of these asset classes with the exchange-traded structure allows investors to tap into securities that can be extremely valuable to both long-term portfolios and more active, tactical investing approaches. The rise of exchange-traded products has also had the effect of bringing countless investment strategies within reach of the average investor; there are now products that segment the markets in almost every way imaginable. From investment disciplines to factor models to quant-based screens, ETFs allow investors to achieve cheap, easy access to stock portfolios that would otherwise require significant time and expenses to construct. When building a long-term portfolio, the primary focus is often on the expected returns of the component securities. But savvy [...]

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