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 Case For Currencies
Adding currency exposure – at least in the form of a carry trade product – can improve risk-adjusted returns compared to other alternative investments
Which Commodity ETPs Should You Buy?
As the stock market has stalled, be selective when looking toward agricultural commodities for investment opportunities.
What To Do About Inflation Risk
The ETF market is one of a number of fundamental and technical indicators that are now signaling a buildup of inflationary pressures in the domestic economy.
Are Managed Futures ETFs the Best Commodity Play?
Managed futures funds have outperformed long-only commodity plays over the last two decades. What’s behind their success?
The Perils of Market Neutral Funds
Strategies once available only to institutions, these investments are open to retail investors through exchange traded products. But buyer beware.
Digging for Gold Mining Stocks
Bullion’s price drop has battered gold mining stocks, but a turnaround may be nigh. Here, a guide to the potential winners.
Emerging Market Debt’s Wild Ride
A handful of funds allow investors to buy in, but will the rally last?
Are Bears Being Burned By Inverse ETFs?
Inverse funds usually underperform shorting the underlying asset, but they can play a role in some accounts if you are willing to rebalance frequently.
Finding Order in (Commodity) Chaos
Managed futures funds have struggled recently, but historically outperform equities (at least on a risk-adjusted basis). Here’s how retail investors can play along.
Floating Your Money Boat 
Will investing in floating-rate securities put some wind underneath a portfolio, or just fill it with hot air?
Tarnished Gold
There are myriad ways to play the continuing downtrend in the price of gold. Which is best?
Is Real Estate Reeling?
It hasn’t paid to bet against real estate in 2013. Let me clarify that. A wager against domestic (U.S.) realty wouldn’t have won you any chips this year.
Real Estate: Two Views From The Top
Two different viewpoints on real estate come from the exchange-traded fund industry.
Technical Corner: July 2013

Attendees of our recent Web seminar, “How Much Alpha Is There In Beta?” learned the link between alpha and beta in today’s investment environment and the importance of obtaining accurate data to monitor portfolio risks and rewards.

Here, we present the Excel arguments necessary to calculate customized portfolio metrics that track risk exposure and performance.

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