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Olav23 05-11-2007 08:44 AM

Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
iPath(SM) EUR/USD Exchange Rate ETN (ticker ERO)
iPath(SM) GBP/USD Exchange Rate ETN (ticker GBB)
iPath(SM) JPY/USD Exchange Rate ETN (ticker JYN)

Does anyone else get the feeling that ETF/ETNs are the new contrarian indicator? They always seem to be introduced on market tops :)


Brat 05-11-2007 12:19 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
I don't think the yen is topping out right now.

What I do think is that we are starting to think about the dollar vs other currencies so the investment market is responding.

Olav23 05-11-2007 03:11 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
when you say we, do you mean what those in the industry refer to as "dumb money"? :laugh:

brewer12345 05-11-2007 03:24 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
Hey, its a tool. I don't need a table saw and wouldn't know what to do with one, but its nice that I can always get one if I need it.

Brat 05-11-2007 03:26 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
As Brewer once said, currency has a low yield. But the value of the dollar vs other currencies has been a topic on the stock market channels. There are funds, such as Permanent Portfolio who do hold currency positions. Good/bad, beats me. Brewer talked me out of currency funds.

However, countries with currencies improving compared with the dollar might be good equity plays. For example one might buy an Australian ETF instead of the Australian currency ETF. On one of the boards I frequent a poster was in a dither with the fact that a supposedly Australian ETF had New Zealand companies. IMHO one should always review the holdings of any fund. If it doesn't have what you are looking for don't buy it.

brewer12345 05-11-2007 03:31 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
Aussie stocks might or might not be a good idea, but if you wwant to get in on a run of the AUD you are probably a little late.

In inflationary times and times when the USD is dropping, commodity producers and tangible asset owners are good spots to be. It won't matter what currency they do business in, so you don't have to outguess the currency markets to do well.

Brat 05-11-2007 04:24 PM

Re: Three new iPath ETNs for currency plays
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brewer12345
Aussie stocks might or might not be a good idea, but if you wwant to get in on a run of the AUD you are probably a little late.

I agree it is late for the big run-in AUD, I was using it for illustration purposes.

Several months ago I purchased an ETF with a good hunk of AUD in it's holdings. ;D ;D [we don't have a 'If your'e happy and you know it clap your hands' icon]


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