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How To Play Both Sides Of The Market?

03/03/08 09:21:30 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

Buy when the market goes up and buy when the market goes down. It's that simple.

Security:   HXU-T, HXD-T
Position:   Buy

Horizon BetaPro ETFs are a unique series of alternative index exchange traded funds designed to help investors achieve their investment goals in all market conditions. They are designed to double the daily performance of the index they mimic — for example, the H&P Bear Plus Fund offers twice the daily return opposite to the direction of the index. As the index falls, the Bear Plus fund rises, and at twice the rate. Effectively and combined, the funds allow investors to profit in all market environments. See Figure 1.

FIGURE 1: HXU-T, HXD-T. Here's a chart showing the S&P/TSX 60 index with the Horizon BetaPro Bull and Bear ETFs.
Graphic provided by: MetaStock.
The funds are offered across the index spectrum, and can be traded in Canadian dollars or US dollars and cover the entire US and Canadian spectrum. There are no trading restrictions, are extremely liquid with a 200% daily exposure and immediate settlement. Unlike a short sale, the risk is limited to the amount of capital invested. For Canadians, they are RRSP eligible, which means any profits made are nontaxable. A list of funds offered can be found on the website

Figure 1 is of the S&P/TSX 60 Bull Plus and Bear Plus ETF as they perform against the Canadian S&P/TSX 60 Index. The Index is in white, while the S&P/TSX Bull Plus is in green and the Bear Plus is in red. You can see how close the Bull Plus ETF moves relative to the index, with the Bear Plus ETF is a mirror image, moving opposite to the Bull Plus ETF.

So... how to play it? Simple: Buy the S&P/TSX 60m Bull ETF (HXU-T) when the market is bullish, then sell it and buy the S&P/TSX 60 BEAR ETF (HXD-T) when the market is falling. The indicators shown on the chart are, in the upper box, the relative strength spread (white) and rapid RSI (green and yellow) lines. In the lower box the indicator is a stochastic RSI indicator. All the indicators are at oversold levels, suggesting that one should consider selling the HXU-T and buying the HXD-T.

Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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