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Trading strategies for inefficient ETFs – basic overview

11 Jan 2018

Today’s part of my educational series will focus on specific strategies that can be used for trading inefficient leveraged ETFs. I think, that those who read my articles on a regular basis understand, that keeping these products for a long time – to have these ETFs in the portfolio – is kind of financial suicide. […]

PF 2018 and a list of the most losing ETFs in 2017

4 Jan 2018

I want to write my first post in the new year as a small recapitulation and a look back to the last year from the ETF point of view, and especially – and as you can probably guess – to those that did badly last year. Paradoxically, those are the most interesting for us.   […]

Leveraged ETFs risks and what to look after

21 Dec 2017

In the last part of the series, we have described the main potential issues connected to the holding of leveraged ETFs for a long time – it is so called compounding, or tracking-error, as we say in our fund. When the market is volatile, this phenomenon can wreak havoc on the value of the leveraged […]

Introduction to leveraged ETFs

14 Dec 2017

In this part of my series, I will make an introduction to the leveraged ETFs and explain how the “tracking-error” or if you want compounding works with those instruments. The leveraged ETFs are designed in the way that their daily % yield or loss is multiplied compare to the non-leveraged instrument. At first glance, this […]

Contango and its use (2/2)

30 Nov 2017

In the last part of our series we have explained the concepts of contango and backwardation, and we have said what does it mean when the market is in contango or backwardation.   Let me now show you how based on ETFs or ETNs, we can use the contango phenomenon in our benefit. The existence […]

Contango and its use (1/2)

23 Nov 2017

In the last two parts of my series, I have shown you why I consider VIX and its derivatives as a very interesting source for generating alpha. In today’s article, I would like to focus more on the first condition, i.e. high contango. So, let me explain what the contango is all about and what […]

What is alpha and how it can be generated (2/2)?

16 Nov 2017

In the last article, we have explored the possibilities of generating alpha on the market. As it can be seen from the list, alpha can be achieved by many ways and through many strategies and instruments.     Reason why I would like to focus in the next chapters of this series on the systematic […]

Quastic new series: Options and Trading of Inefficient ETFs

2 Nov 2017

Dear friends and Quastic visitors. My name is Jan Kaška, I am a member of the investment committee of the Charles Bridge GMF hedge fund, the author of many investment strategies – working mainly with options and structured products – and a long-time investor in the financial markets.    New series about trading inefficient ETFs […]

A closer look at the SPY ETF

18 Sep 2017

Last time I described how ETFs track their underlying indices. I made my point using this chart that compares 10-year performance of the most liquid SPY ETF (red) and the underlying S&P 500 index (blue)… You can find the whole article HERE.

How do ETFs work?

21 Aug 2017

I described how ETFs are a convenient way to trade an index, for example the S&P 500. The question is, how good is ETF in tracking the underlying index? Well, it’s damn good! Take a look at the next chart which is comparing price of the S&P 500 index (blue, left axis) and the derived […]