Brad Zigler


Brad Zigler pens's Alternative Insights newsletter. Formerly, he headed up marketing and research for the Pacific Exchange's (now NYSE Arca) option market and the iShares complex of exchange traded funds.

The Various Flavors of Long/Short Equity Funds
There are precious few true long/short funds that invest in domestic equities that are not merely market-neutral, and even fewer in an ETF wrapper. A new one from First Trust Advisors has joined the ranks with a focus on “aggressive accounting” practices to discern its positions.
Short Commodities? Stay Away From Leverage
Leverage usually magnifies returns. Not so for commodity bears.
Yielding To Regional Banks’ Temptation
Do those ‘in the know’ really know?
Worrying About The Yield Spread
Should stock investors heed smoke signals from the junk bond market?
Are Real Estate ETF Yields Still a Bargain?
REITs traditionally have acted like equities until recently, as yield-starved investors look to them for income. But is there an inherent duration risk in real estate trusts?
Gold Too Pricey or Oil Too Cheap?
Using the right product for the job
Time For A Gold/Silver ETF
Does a rising ratio foretell a reversion?
Are Consumer Stocks Forecasting A Dip?
Looking for the bellwether of the U.S. economy? Think consumer goods stocks.
What’s Gold REALLY Worth?
Gold’s falling now, but not cheap.
Time To Hedge Your Bond Bets?
Interest rates are destined to head upward in earnest from their QE-induced quagmire. The only question is when. Is there a cheap and potentially long-lived hedge that can protect bondholders? There is, but it depends on leverage.
Gold Set For A New Tumble?
GLD’s recent failure could mean a breakdown below $100
Gold and Oil Prices Driving You Up The Wall?
What’s the gold/oil ratio telling us?
Fear And Loathing on Wall Street
The TIP/IEF spread is collapsing. Will it stop?
Inflation? Nope, Not Yet
TIPS fall out of favor as deflation worries mount
Recession Probabilities
Despite the gloominess espoused by many pundits, we appear to be well away from a dip into recession. Autumn ought to be interesting.
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