Mark Twain Might Have Been a Great Option Trader

November 17, 2017

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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

In the observed 26 years, the Dow was up 860% – selling fear properly can indeed pay. Right now, S&P 500 skew is as high as we’ve seen it for some time. Smile at the opportunity.

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HII is on a roll entering into Q4!

October 31, 2017
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF SALES STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

As we potentially enter into an extended Canadian equity rally, Horizons Cdn Insider Index ETF (HII) may offer an opportunity to capture more upside without taking on excessive levels of risks.

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Long-Term Mean Reversal is a Good Omen for Managed Futures Strategies

November 09, 2017
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BY: NICOLAS PIQUARD, CFA®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

With demand exceeding supply, commodities tend to accelerate higher, and grind lower as more supply comes to market. That’s why commodities can be attractive for investment portfolios, because they tend to act differently from equities and other asset classes. Managed futures strategies try to take advantage of trends in these various futures markets – but recently this has been more difficult.

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All Quiet on Every Front

October 31, 2017
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows that I’m a big believer in listening to what the market is telling us. Lately however, it has been saying very little.

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Shhhh! Keep it Down or Others Will Try to Take Advantage of the Trade

October 24, 2017
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

No one knows for certain where stocks are headed, right? But what if I told you there’s an investment that has essentially been designed to go to zero over time?

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HMMJ – October 2017 Update

October 16, 2017
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BY: STEVE HAWKINS, PRESIDENT AND CO-CEO, HORIZONS ETFS

The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (“HMMJ”) completed its quarterly rebalance in September. The holdings of the ETF are very similar to those after its June rebalance, with the major exception being the addition of MedReleaf. 

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Short Volatility with Two Ways to Potentially Win

October 12, 2017
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

Depending on the type of volatility environment we find ourselves in, success in being long the short-term VIX futures exchange traded products (“ETPs”) will derive from a different source of edge.

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Did You Know That HMMJ Pays Income?

October 04, 2017
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF SALES STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

Typically, companies in early stage industries aren’t expected to generate any significant yield for their investors. That’s certainly true of marijuana-focused companies, which are not typically expected to pay out any dividends. However, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) currently generates an attractive quarterly yield for its unit holders earned through participation in securities lending.

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Searching for Signs of Stress

October 02, 2017
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

Yet again, equity markets have very quickly digested the prevailing worry. Like Pavlovian dogs, most investors have been trained to buy the “equity dip”.

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Are Commodities About to Break Out?

September 19, 2017
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BY: NICOLAS PIQUARD, CFA®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

Recently, we’ve witnessed a significant run-up in the price of gold. In fact, we’re getting close to the highs gold made in 2016. What’s fuelling this trend?

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