February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM EST
Are Inverse ETFs Always Bad?
Sometimes what you don’t know can kill you—even in the relatively controlled world of ETF investing.   For example my firm's Cabot ETF Investing System runs two strategies. The Long-Only strategy alternates between owning ETFs of favored S&P (INDEXSP:.INX) sectors (in uptrends) and holding cash (in downtrends). The Long-Short strategy—for more aggressive portfolios—holds those same favored sectors in uptrends but sells short the S&P tracking ETF S&P 500 SPDR (NYSEARCA:SPY) in downtrends.   But some investors—generally those with retirement accounts—are not allowed to sell short. So they ask whether they can use an inverse S&P proxy like the ProShares ...
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