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    The Basics of ETF Trading

The Basics of ETF Trading

The ETF is an excellent investing tool that can give you access to a wide range of sectors, markets, commodities, currencies, and even leveraged and inverse options through a trading process that is almost indistinguishable from buying a stock. However, the fact remains that an ETF is not a stock—the many [...]

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    Understanding ETF Order Types

Understanding ETF Order Types

The mechanics of trading ETFs differ little from what is involved in trading stocks. Here we’ll briefly describe the major order types normally used in ETF trading and touch on some advantages and disadvantages of each. The basic, garden-variety buy or sell order is the market order. This is a simple [...]

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    Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

The markets have enjoyed a strong run up since late 2011, so the mild correction in recent sessions is no surprise and a healthy breather. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust Series ETF (SPY) was down five days running, and by April 10 had a two-day relative strength index (RSI) value [...]

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Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

  Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

The markets have enjoyed a strong run up since late 2011, so the mild correction in recent sessions is no surprise and a healthy breather. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust [...]

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Understanding the Structure of ETFs

  Understanding the Structure of ETFs

While it’s not necessary to know exactly how ETFs are structured to trade them successfully, a little insight into what lies behind the scenes doesn’t hurt. Understanding the basic nature [...]

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Scaling In to ETF Trades

  Scaling In to ETF Trades

Despite the wealth of available technical indicators, it can still be devilishly difficult to decide precisely when to enter a long position with an ETF. This is often the case [...]

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Trading ETFs with the Moving Average

  Trading ETFs with the Moving Average

The moving average is a powerful tool in technical analysis, but it is often insufficient as a standalone trading indicator and therefore used mostly as a confirmation signal. However, if [...]

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Understanding Tracking Error

  Understanding Tracking Error

In a recent discussion of exchange-traded notes (ETNs), we mentioned the absence of tracking error as one advantage that ETNs have over exchange-traded funds (ETFs). However, ETFs can be a [...]

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Introduction to Exchange-Traded Notes

  Introduction to Exchange-Traded Notes

We recently discussed the VXX, which tracks the Volatility Index (VIX). The VXX is an exchange-traded note (ETN), and since the ETN is a relatively new financial product, first introduced [...]

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Trading in Currency ETFs

  Trading in Currency ETFs

The exchange-traded fund, or ETF, can be tremendously valuable to the short-term trader. They offer many of the advantages of mutual funds—primarily the ability to invest in an entire sector, [...]

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