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.

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.

Alt ETP Comings And Goings

The turnover in alternative exchange-traded product landscape is growing evidence of a maturing market.

In June, the segment lost four ETPs but made up ground with the launch of three more and a registration filing for yet another.

AdvisorShares lodged paperwork with the SEC for the Treesdale Rising Rates ETF (anticipated as NYSE Arca: HDGB), an actively managed fund geared to capitalize on increasing yields in the mortgage market.

More Retail Hedge Funds in the Works

Goldman Sachs has set the pace for a new class of retail products by launching a mutual fund-of-hedge funds that can be had for as little as $1,000. Several investment banks are ramping up copycat funds to compete with the Goldman Sachs Multi-ManagerAlternatives Fund (OTC: GMAMX) which was introduced in May.

GMAMX bestows exposure to long/short equity, event-driven trading, relative value arbitrage and opportunistic credit trading for an annual fee, depending upon the class selected, between

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