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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS
Option pricing, or insurance, is a relative value product. For instance, a $300 annual premium for $1 million of life insurance coverage for a young, healthy individual is reasonable. However, that same $300 price tag to insure a 65 year-old smoker with high blood pressure is way too cheap.
Markets have soared since investors fell under the spell of “Trumpenomics” following the reality star’s ascension to the throne. Are valuations rich? By some measures, they are priced to perfection at the moment. But how should I proceed if I’m reluctant to buy-in here, and instead prefer to own the market lower?
Typically, an investor would own volatility ETFs like HVU or HUV because they anticipate that the stock market volatility will increase. Conversely, they would want to own an inverse volatility ETF, like HVI, if they anticipated that volatility would decline.
A crucial foundation for understanding how option volatility works is the concept of ‘mean reversion’. For a period, stocks can go up and stay up, and they can conversely go down and stay down. But option pricing will generally have trouble staying high or low for an extended length of time.
BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF SALES STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS
Calgary is well-known as a leader for oil and gas investing, but it’s one of the city’s independent asset managers that is starting to turn heads on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. The global hedge fund industry has received a bad rap in recent years due to its underperformance compared to a raging equity market.
I’m often asked about long volatility exchange traded products (ETPs) – how they work and how they make or lose money. This is understandable, since there is often confusion as to what drives their underlying performance. It’s important to understand that the performance of these products comes from movement in an underlying index called the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index.
I’ve been asked on many occasions whether or not I can truly chart the VIX (also known as ‘the fear index’). Of course I can; the VIX takes a fairly good rolling snapshot of investor sentiment and behaviour. As we know, behaviour tends to repeat itself over time.
BY: STEVE HAWKINS, PRESIDENT AND CO-CEO, HORIZONS ETFS
The potential benefits of foreign equity investing are numerous, including the ability to access world-leading companies and create greater diversity within an equity portfolio.
The recent sell-off in the bond market has created, in our view, a unique opportunity for investors to actually increase the yield of their fixed income portfolios – while also potentially reducing overall risk and their interest rate sensitivity.
Canadian ETF investors need to be prepared for what could be a seismic shift in the world of investing. It is being spurred by the anticipation of “fiscal expansion”, which is the new form of stimulus replacing the era of monetary policy and quantitative easing that has dominated markets for the last eight years.
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