logo
  Join        Login             Stock Quote

Chart Of The Week: Flight To Safety Etps

 February 28, 2011 07:32 PM


It has already been an interesting year for students of market sentiment, volatility and geopolitical influences on financial markets. We have seen revolutions of various sizes and shapes in the likes of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, with smaller uprisings in Bahrain, Algeria and elsewhere in North Africa and Middle East. For the most part, volatility in the equity markets has been rather muted prior to the Libyan revolution and its influence on crude oil prices.

In this week's chart of the week, I examine the year-to-date performance of five exchange-traded products (ETPs) that are central to the flight-to-safety trade. They include volatility (VXX), gold (GLD), oil (USO), the dollar (UUP) and U.S. Treasuries (TLT).

Note that with the exception of crude oil, the political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East has not been disruptive enough to make these trades profitable ones in 2011, though there has been an uptick across the board since violence heated up in Egypt on January 25th and in Libya starting on February 15th. The VXX chart does an excellent job of capturing the nature of the VXX gambit. Even with the geopolitical turmoil and spike in crude oil prices, this ETN is still down 16.2% on the year. The volatility spikes have provided VXX longs with very short-lived opportunities to capitalize on heightened market anxiety, with the chart reflecting the continued downward trend and high volatility in this ETN. (As an aside, a similar chart swapping VXZ for VXX would show very little difference in terms of performance.)

So the next time you think about a long volatility position in the context of a geopolitical crisis, give some strong consideration to some alternative flight-to-safety plays.

(source: ETFreplay.com)

Disclosure(s): long VXZ, short VXX, USO and TLT at time of writing

[Related -SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (GLD): 3T Analysis: Target $1,400 but Box Bound]

[Related -Perfect Storm Driving Gold Higher]


iOnTheMarket Premium
Advertisement

Advertisement


Comments Closed


rss feed

Latest Stories

article imageMBIA Inc. (MBI) : BTI's $12 a Tough Task

MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI) is doing well on a day stocks are struggling The guarantee insurance company is the read on...

article imageUrban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) Q2 Earnings Preview: A Snug Fit

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) will hold a webcast to discuss its second quarter of fiscal-year 2015 read on...

article imageEstee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL) Q4 Earnings Preview: Options Player Betting On EL’s EPS Looking Pretty

Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) will release fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and full year financial read on...

article imageHerbalife Ltd. (HLF): 3 Reasons To Pay Attention to Recent Insider Buying

Well, well, well… it looks as if boardroom buyers viewed the recent selloff as an opportunity to buy. read on...

Advertisement
Popular Articles

Advertisement
Daily Sector Scan
Partner Center



Fundamental data is provided by Zacks Investment Research, and Commentary, news and Press Releases provided by YellowBrix and Quotemedia.
All information provided "as is" for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice. iStockAnalyst.com is not an investment adviser and does not provide, endorse or review any information or data contained herein.
The blog articles are opinions by respective blogger. By using this site you are agreeing to terms and conditions posted on respective bloggers' website.
The postings/comments on the site may or may not be from reliable sources. Neither iStockAnalyst nor any of its independent providers is liable for any informational errors, incompleteness, or delays, or for any actions taken in reliance on information contained herein. You are solely responsible for the investment decisions made by you and the consequences resulting therefrom. By accessing the iStockAnalyst.com site, you agree not to redistribute the information found therein.
The sector scan is based on 15-30 minutes delayed data. The Pattern scan is based on EOD data.