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About SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)

The SPDR S&P 500 trust is an exchange-traded fund which trades on the NYSE Arca under the symbol. SPDR is an acronym for the Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts, the former name of the ETF. It is designed to track the S&P 500 stock market index. More at Wikipedia

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

April 2, 2019

Would you prefer it over DIA? Definitely prefers SPY because it is 500 stocks as opposed to 30. More diversification. It is the place to be.
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Would you prefer it over DIA? Definitely prefers SPY because it is 500 stocks as opposed to 30. More diversification. It is the place to be.
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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$285.970
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Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

February 7, 2019

XIC-T vs. SPY-N vs. VT-N. After a sharp decline after a rally you are likely to retest lows. The thrust off the bottom was so significant. 10 of the last 12 corrections never went back to retest the lows. Positioning is so defensive that people are not likely to get the retesting of the lows they are waiting for. The commodity complex could see strength. All three should do well.
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XIC-T vs. SPY-N vs. VT-N. After a sharp decline after a rally you are likely to retest lows. The thrust off the bottom was so significant. 10 of the last 12 corrections never went back to retest the lows. Positioning is so defensive that people are not likely to get the retesting of the lows they are waiting for. The commodity complex could see strength. All three should do well.
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David Burrows

President , Barometer Capital Ma...

Price Price
$270.170
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 17, 2018

$2,000 for his son to invest in? He'd buy a really simple ETF, the XIU, which is basically buying Canada's 60-largest companies. You're buying Canada, including 30% in energy and metals, which is a risk. Or you could try SPY to cover the U.S. market. You could split these two 50/50.
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$2,000 for his son to invest in? He'd buy a really simple ETF, the XIU, which is basically buying Canada's 60-largest companies. You're buying Canada, including 30% in energy and metals, which is a risk. Or you could try SPY to cover the U.S. market. You could split these two 50/50.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$255.170
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 17, 2018

An extremely conservative way to play the market now. Sell a June 2019 $250 put with a $4 buy, with a return of $6 (if the S&P stays where it is today) and a maximum risk of a $14 loss (if the market crashes). He thinks the overall market in 2019 will go sideways.
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An extremely conservative way to play the market now. Sell a June 2019 $250 put with a $4 buy, with a return of $6 (if the S&P stays where it is today) and a maximum risk of a $14 loss (if the market crashes). He thinks the overall market in 2019 will go sideways.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$255.170
Owned Owned
Yes

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

July 30, 2018

The S&P 500.  US Equities.  They tend to do well when we have benign inflation, good global growth and abundant liquidity.  But now we have some liquidity coming out.  People are selling actively managed stocks to buy the S&P 500 themselves.  This means that when they want to get out, all these investors will be selling the same stocks.  ETFs are more popular than in 2007/8.

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The S&P 500.  US Equities.  They tend to do well when we have benign inflation, good global growth and abundant liquidity.  But now we have some liquidity coming out.  People are selling actively managed stocks to buy the S&P 500 themselves.  This means that when they want to get out, all these investors will be selling the same stocks.  ETFs are more popular than in 2007/8.

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Mike Philbrick

President, ReSolve Asset Manage...

Price Price
$279.950
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

February 26, 2018

The largest ETF in the world. A fine core holding, though he advises moving away from U.S. markets. He himself is maximally underweight the U.S.

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The largest ETF in the world. A fine core holding, though he advises moving away from U.S. markets. He himself is maximally underweight the U.S.

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Tyler Mordy

President , Forstrong Global Ass...

Price Price
$277.900
Owned Owned
Yes

DON'T BUY
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

January 24, 2018

People were thinking there was going to be volatility in 2017, but markets literally went straight up. Now the forecast for 2018 is higher volatility, and we’ll have to see what happens. This is based on the entire market, but you have to remember the market is not just made up of one thing, it is made out of other pieces of businesses. She runs a very concentrated portfolio, which allows her to cherry pick the parts of the market that she thinks will do well, so she is not just in the broad market. Doesn't see how people can do well by owning a broad market.

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People were thinking there was going to be volatility in 2017, but markets literally went straight up. Now the forecast for 2018 is higher volatility, and we’ll have to see what happens. This is based on the entire market, but you have to remember the market is not just made up of one thing, it is made out of other pieces of businesses. She runs a very concentrated portfolio, which allows her to cherry pick the parts of the market that she thinks will do well, so she is not just in the broad market. Doesn't see how people can do well by owning a broad market.

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Jennifer Radman

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Price Price
$283.180
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

November 13, 2017

SPY-N vs. ZSP-T.  They should be identical except ZSP-T trades in Toronto but has exposure to the US$.  If the US$ gets stronger it should help the ETF.  SPY-N has underperformed dramatically because it is in US$.  They would be identical if you converted the dollars.  There is foreign tax withholdings of about 30 basis points on SPY-N.  ZSP-T gives you a foreign tax withholding also but you get a tax credit.

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SPY-N vs. ZSP-T.  They should be identical except ZSP-T trades in Toronto but has exposure to the US$.  If the US$ gets stronger it should help the ETF.  SPY-N has underperformed dramatically because it is in US$.  They would be identical if you converted the dollars.  There is foreign tax withholdings of about 30 basis points on SPY-N.  ZSP-T gives you a foreign tax withholding also but you get a tax credit.

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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$258.330
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 21, 2017

It is the one decision way to get exposure to the S&500.  The recent weakness in the US dollar doesn’t hurt.  You will do just fine with it.  We are in a market that is benefiting some sectors more than others so he would like a more targeted exposure.  Financials, industrials – a basket of 3 or 4 of them.

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It is the one decision way to get exposure to the S&500.  The recent weakness in the US dollar doesn’t hurt.  You will do just fine with it.  We are in a market that is benefiting some sectors more than others so he would like a more targeted exposure.  Financials, industrials – a basket of 3 or 4 of them.

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David Burrows

President , Barometer Capital Ma...

Price Price
$249.390
Owned Owned
Unknown

PAST TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 1, 2017

(A Top Pick Aug 4/16. Up 16.88%.) This is pretty much a core holding.

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(A Top Pick Aug 4/16. Up 16.88%.) This is pretty much a core holding.

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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$247.840
Owned Owned
Yes

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 8, 2017

(A Top Pick Aug 4/16. Up 16.58%.)

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(A Top Pick Aug 4/16. Up 16.58%.)

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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$247.260
Owned Owned
Yes

BUY
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 8, 2017

An index fund that tracks the S&P 500? There are several and the big one is this one. The most heavily traded and largest. You could also do SPDR S&P 500 ETF (VV-N), as well as others. They are very straightforward and very low cost.

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An index fund that tracks the S&P 500? There are several and the big one is this one. The most heavily traded and largest. You could also do SPDR S&P 500 ETF (VV-N), as well as others. They are very straightforward and very low cost.

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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$247.260
Owned Owned
Unknown

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As options approach their expiry they lose their time value, but are not incredibly volatile. 

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As options approach their expiry they lose their time value, but are not incredibly volatile. 

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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$239.380
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 20, 2016

As a global investor he has been moving away from the US in the last few quarters. The US will be travelling a different monetary passage than other Central Banks. Also, looking at where we were 7 years ago we had a hugely undervalued US$. The US has dramatically outperformed a lot of other stock markets, and during that period it became really expensive. He feels the US is somewhat overvalued relative to other stock markets, which is going to be a headwind. Also, valuations are just not as good as other countries.

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As a global investor he has been moving away from the US in the last few quarters. The US will be travelling a different monetary passage than other Central Banks. Also, looking at where we were 7 years ago we had a hugely undervalued US$. The US has dramatically outperformed a lot of other stock markets, and during that period it became really expensive. He feels the US is somewhat overvalued relative to other stock markets, which is going to be a headwind. Also, valuations are just not as good as other countries.

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Tyler Mordy

President , Forstrong Global Ass...

Price Price
$213.450
Owned Owned
Unknown

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 4, 2016

Broad US market, S&P 500 index.  It has $200 Billion in assets.  It is the largest ETF of them all.  A lot of people have domestic and foreign ETFs, but no US ETFs.  This represents the whole US market.  Long term he is very bullish on the US.  It trades in US$.

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Broad US market, S&P 500 index.  It has $200 Billion in assets.  It is the largest ETF of them all.  A lot of people have domestic and foreign ETFs, but no US ETFs.  This represents the whole US market.  Long term he is very bullish on the US.  It trades in US$.

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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$216.410
Owned Owned
No

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Short by using HBP S&P 500 VIX ST Future Bull+ (HVU-T)? Part of what we have seen in this move has been a bit of a Short squeeze that is going on. The Fed is going to be talking on June 15-16, so there is going to be a bit of a bid until after that. You could start to take some Short positions but he wouldn’t go totally short. There is a bit of overhead resistance. Wait until we get closer to the June meeting.

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Short by using HBP S&P 500 VIX ST Future Bull+ (HVU-T)? Part of what we have seen in this move has been a bit of a Short squeeze that is going on. The Fed is going to be talking on June 15-16, so there is going to be a bit of a bid until after that. You could start to take some Short positions but he wouldn’t go totally short. There is a bit of overhead resistance. Wait until we get closer to the June meeting.

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Hap (Robert) Sn

Chief Port, Castlemoore Inc....

Price Price
$209.340
Owned Owned
Unknown

PAST TOP PICK

(A Top Pick Aug 18/15. 0.00% Return.) He bought the stock a little higher than what it is today, but sold an option which reduced his costs down to $208.52. He also collected dividends on this, which has not been included.

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(A Top Pick Aug 18/15. 0.00% Return.) He bought the stock a little higher than what it is today, but sold an option which reduced his costs down to $208.52. He also collected dividends on this, which has not been included.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$208.450
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 18, 2015

(Covered Calls. He is playing the last half of the year by taking some option premiums in with he expects that these 3 Top Picks will hold their own or rise. Yield on the total return is pretty attractive. Thinks we could be in a flat market until the end of the year.) The largest ETF in the US. Very liquid and very cheap to own. Trading at around $210 a share and he is selling a January $220 Call Option. Selling this will give you roughly $2 and you get $2 in dividends between now and January. If the stock is called away your return is better than 6.5%. If it stays the same you make just under 2%.

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(Covered Calls. He is playing the last half of the year by taking some option premiums in with he expects that these 3 Top Picks will hold their own or rise. Yield on the total return is pretty attractive. Thinks we could be in a flat market until the end of the year.) The largest ETF in the US. Very liquid and very cheap to own. Trading at around $210 a share and he is selling a January $220 Call Option. Selling this will give you roughly $2 and you get $2 in dividends between now and January. If the stock is called away your return is better than 6.5%. If it stays the same you make just under 2%.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$209.930
Owned Owned
Yes

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(A Top Pick April 14/15. Up 0.79%.) On average, the US and most global markets peak on May 5, so the whole idea is that you want to own this until May 5. He got out on that date, but it turned out to be a little bit early.

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(A Top Pick April 14/15. Up 0.79%.) On average, the US and most global markets peak on May 5, so the whole idea is that you want to own this until May 5. He got out on that date, but it turned out to be a little bit early.

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Don Vialoux

Research A, TimingTheMarket.CA &...

Price Price
$211.140
Owned Owned
No

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

April 14, 2015

Technicals are positive. The S&P 500 is in an upward trend. Trading above its 20 day moving average. This is the market, so it is doing what the market does. Seasonality continues to be positive until, on average, May 5. There is a danger that the markets could come under pressure some time between May and October of this year. A very short term trade.

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Technicals are positive. The S&P 500 is in an upward trend. Trading above its 20 day moving average. This is the market, so it is doing what the market does. Seasonality continues to be positive until, on average, May 5. There is a danger that the markets could come under pressure some time between May and October of this year. A very short term trade.

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Don Vialoux

Research A, TimingTheMarket.CA &...

Price Price
$209.490
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

April 22, 2014

Expecting a bit of weakness this summer and we are seeing stretched valuations. Nothing is cheap at the present so you want to avoid the broad markets. This one is trading at about a 17 multiple. Look for things with a lower multiple such as consumer staples or utilities which are hovering around 14.

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Expecting a bit of weakness this summer and we are seeing stretched valuations. Nothing is cheap at the present so you want to avoid the broad markets. This one is trading at about a 17 multiple. Look for things with a lower multiple such as consumer staples or utilities which are hovering around 14.

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Jon Vialoux

Research A, CastleMoore Inc....

Price Price
$187.890
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

March 13, 2014

There are 2 sweet spots a year for the US market, particularly for this stock. One period is from the end of October until the end of December, the Christmas buying season. The other one is from the end of February right through until the end of April, the spring buying season. We have just entered into this period right now. You would own this through until about the 1st week in May and that is when you will take some profits.

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There are 2 sweet spots a year for the US market, particularly for this stock. One period is from the end of October until the end of December, the Christmas buying season. The other one is from the end of February right through until the end of April, the spring buying season. We have just entered into this period right now. You would own this through until about the 1st week in May and that is when you will take some profits.

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Don Vialoux

Research A, TimingTheMarket.CA &...

Price Price
$185.180
Owned Owned
Unknown

BUY
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

March 6, 2014

Search messenger kit.  Allows it to be done inside of Blackberry messenger.

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Search messenger kit.  Allows it to be done inside of Blackberry messenger.

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Bruce Campbell

President , Stone Castle Investm...

Price Price
$188.180
Owned Owned
Yes

PAST TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 4, 2013

(A Top Pick Nov 6/12. Up 20.48%.) Seasonal strength is from Oct 28, on average to May 5. Last year it did very well.

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(A Top Pick Nov 6/12. Up 20.48%.) Seasonal strength is from Oct 28, on average to May 5. Last year it did very well.

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Don Vialoux

Research A, TimingTheMarket.CA &...

Price Price
$179.730
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 30, 2013

You could be a buyer here, but he would watch it like a hawk.

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You could be a buyer here, but he would watch it like a hawk.

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Michael Bowman

Portfolio , Wickham Investment M...

Price Price
$176.290
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 10, 2013

(A Top Pick Oct 29/12. Up 31.08%.) Bought a March 1 41 Straddle at $12.68 with a Call at $6 and a Put at $6.68.

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(A Top Pick Oct 29/12. Up 31.08%.) Bought a March 1 41 Straddle at $12.68 with a Call at $6 and a Put at $6.68.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$169.170
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 10, 2013

Your opinion of the Iron Condor Option strategy? To reverse the Straddle (see Past Picks) instead of buying a Call and a Put, you sell a Call and Put. Rather than saying that the underlying security is going to breach either end of the trading range, it is probably going to stay within that trading range. To do that, you sell a Call above where the stock is trading now and you sell a Put below where the stock is trading now and that becomes your trading channel. The risk is if the stock pops or drops. If it pops through the top you have unlimited risk. An Iron Condor is where you buy another Call further up and another Put further down, which is hedging your position. If you can get the 4 trades on at a reasonable commission, fine but this can eat you alive with costs.

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Your opinion of the Iron Condor Option strategy? To reverse the Straddle (see Past Picks) instead of buying a Call and a Put, you sell a Call and Put. Rather than saying that the underlying security is going to breach either end of the trading range, it is probably going to stay within that trading range. To do that, you sell a Call above where the stock is trading now and you sell a Put below where the stock is trading now and that becomes your trading channel. The risk is if the stock pops or drops. If it pops through the top you have unlimited risk. An Iron Condor is where you buy another Call further up and another Put further down, which is hedging your position. If you can get the 4 trades on at a reasonable commission, fine but this can eat you alive with costs.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$169.170
Owned Owned
Unknown

DON'T BUY
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 16, 2013

Some recent index changes are putting in some better companies into the US indexes and this could benefit index ETFs.  SH-N you could hold if the market fails to break August highs.

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Some recent index changes are putting in some better companies into the US indexes and this could benefit index ETFs.  SH-N you could hold if the market fails to break August highs.

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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$170.310
Owned Owned
Unknown

PAST TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

July 30, 2013

(A Top Pick July 19/12. Position expired worthless. Loss of 100%.) Bear Call Spread. Selling $140 September Calls and Buying the $145 September Calls.

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(A Top Pick July 19/12. Position expired worthless. Loss of 100%.) Bear Call Spread. Selling $140 September Calls and Buying the $145 September Calls.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$168.588
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

March 25, 2013

The original ETF.  It is almost as big as RY and BNS combined.  Any other ETF trying to track the S&P is secondary to this one.  If you have an investment horizon of more than 3 years you should be in stocks.

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The original ETF.  It is almost as big as RY and BNS combined.  Any other ETF trying to track the S&P is secondary to this one.  If you have an investment horizon of more than 3 years you should be in stocks.

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Keith Summers

Portfolio , Tricoastal Capital...

Price Price
$154.950
Owned Owned
Unknown

DON'T BUY
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

February 4, 2013

Short?  He is still long here so the market has done nothing bad yet.  He took half his position off on Friday.  If it breaks the trend line (retracing back to it) then buy a ‘bear’ ETF on the S&P, rather than short this one.  We need to see improvement in the economy to see this go up for any other reason than zero interest rates.

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Short?  He is still long here so the market has done nothing bad yet.  He took half his position off on Friday.  If it breaks the trend line (retracing back to it) then buy a ‘bear’ ETF on the S&P, rather than short this one.  We need to see improvement in the economy to see this go up for any other reason than zero interest rates.

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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$149.535
Owned Owned
Unknown

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 24, 2012

Buy Feb $143 Calls / Sell Feb $143 Puts. This is a straddle.  Betting market will move up or down due to the fiscal cliff. 

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Buy Feb $143 Calls / Sell Feb $143 Puts. This is a straddle.  Betting market will move up or down due to the fiscal cliff. 

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$142.350
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

November 6, 2012

Doesn’t actually own this one, but owns the subsectors and they are all outperforming this one and starting to show positive seasonality.

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Doesn’t actually own this one, but owns the subsectors and they are all outperforming this one and starting to show positive seasonality.

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Don Vialoux

Research A, TimingTheMarket.CA &...

Price Price
$142.960
Owned Owned
No

COMMENT
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 29, 2012

Iron condor options strategy? These are just 2 Spreads. You have a Bear Call Spread on the top end and a Bull Put Spread on the bottom end and you are really trying to frame a trading range for the underlying security. If the market stays within that trading range, you profit. This limits your risk. Very complicated strategy. Expensive with 4 commissions in and 4 commissions out. (See Top Picks.)

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Iron condor options strategy? These are just 2 Spreads. You have a Bear Call Spread on the top end and a Bull Put Spread on the bottom end and you are really trying to frame a trading range for the underlying security. If the market stays within that trading range, you profit. This limits your risk. Very complicated strategy. Expensive with 4 commissions in and 4 commissions out. (See Top Picks.)

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$141.350
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 29, 2012

Buy March 141 Straddle at $12.68 with a Call at $6 and a Put at $6.68. This will profit if the market moves significantly one way or the other and he would take a hard look at actively managing this straddle after you put it on, because the straddles are relatively cheap right now and there are ways to actively manage this.

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Buy March 141 Straddle at $12.68 with a Call at $6 and a Put at $6.68. This will profit if the market moves significantly one way or the other and he would take a hard look at actively managing this straddle after you put it on, because the straddles are relatively cheap right now and there are ways to actively manage this.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$141.350
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 15, 2012

(A Top Pick Dec 21/11. Down 20.4%.) This was a straddle on S&P 500 ETF. This is a non-directional trade that goes up or down but you need the market to move more significantly than the $25 you paid for it. However, the Call is up and if you are holding it, you should sell the Call and just hold onto the Put until December.

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(A Top Pick Dec 21/11. Down 20.4%.) This was a straddle on S&P 500 ETF. This is a non-directional trade that goes up or down but you need the market to move more significantly than the $25 you paid for it. However, the Call is up and if you are holding it, you should sell the Call and just hold onto the Put until December.

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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$140.950
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

July 19, 2012

Bear Call Spread. Selling $140 September Calls and Buying the $145 September Calls. He is not bullish on the stock market. If the stock is below $140 come September, you get to keep the net credit of about $1.70. if the market does take off your risk is capped at $145.
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Bear Call Spread. Selling $140 September Calls and Buying the $145 September Calls. He is not bullish on the stock market. If the stock is below $140 come September, you get to keep the net credit of about $1.70. if the market does take off your risk is capped at $145.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$137.730
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
This is a market where he does not see sudden growth. Using covered calls in this kind of environment works pretty well. Wants to pick up 5% over 6 months plus point or two on dividends. Using covered calls on this one to get the upside. You do have currency risk but he doesn’t think that is a problem with the Canadian dollar where it is.
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This is a market where he does not see sudden growth. Using covered calls in this kind of environment works pretty well. Wants to pick up 5% over 6 months plus point or two on dividends. Using covered calls on this one to get the upside. You do have currency risk but he doesn’t think that is a problem with the Canadian dollar where it is.
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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$137.412
Owned Owned
Yes

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

June 19, 2012

(A Top Pick Dec 21/11. Down 21.40%.) This is a volatility trade, i.e., he is not looking at what direction the market is going but only that it is going to move more than $25 up or down from the $125 strike price. Currently a little under water but is good until Dec/12.
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(A Top Pick Dec 21/11. Down 21.40%.) This is a volatility trade, i.e., he is not looking at what direction the market is going but only that it is going to move more than $25 up or down from the $125 strike price. Currently a little under water but is good until Dec/12.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$135.700
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

June 19, 2012

A straddle on S&P 500 ETF. $133 is the strike price. You are Buying a Call and a Put. This is a volatility trade and you make money if the market goes up or down significantly from where it is now.
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A straddle on S&P 500 ETF. $133 is the strike price. You are Buying a Call and a Put. This is a volatility trade and you make money if the market goes up or down significantly from where it is now.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$135.700
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 21, 2011

(A Top Pick Oct 1/10. Up 10.53%.)A straddle on S&P 500 ETF. $124 is the strike price and 25 points is the cost and it goes out to December/12. Strictly a volatility trade. If the market goes up or down dramatically you will make money.
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(A Top Pick Oct 1/10. Up 10.53%.)A straddle on S&P 500 ETF. $124 is the strike price and 25 points is the cost and it goes out to December/12. Strictly a volatility trade. If the market goes up or down dramatically you will make money.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$124.170
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

February 11, 2011

SPDR S&P 500 ETF. Buy Sept $135 Calls and Buy Sept $135 puts. The total cost for the straddle should not exceed US $13.60 per share. Fed seems to have its hand under the market and supporting it. Something could blind side it giving a significant short lived sharp downturn. If the market goes one way or the other significantly between now and Sept, this straddle will make money. Look to get about 120% on one side of it. Doesn’t know which side first. Whichever side makes enough to cover the cost of the straddle, take it off and leave the other one on.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF. Buy Sept $135 Calls and Buy Sept $135 puts. The total cost for the straddle should not exceed US $13.60 per share. Fed seems to have its hand under the market and supporting it. Something could blind side it giving a significant short lived sharp downturn. If the market goes one way or the other significantly between now and Sept, this straddle will make money. Look to get about 120% on one side of it. Doesn’t know which side first. Whichever side makes enough to cover the cost of the straddle, take it off and leave the other one on.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$133.110
Owned Owned
Yes

TOP PICK
SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 1, 2010

Sell Dec 1/17 Calls @ $3.25 and Buy Dec 1/27 Calls @ $0.40. (Dec 1/27 Call is hedging your upside.) Not sure the S&P 500 has got much upside beyond $1170 and feels $1200 would be the highest. This Bear Call Spread will be profitable up to about $1190 on the S&P 500. Don't hold this to maturity!
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Sell Dec 1/17 Calls @ $3.25 and Buy Dec 1/27 Calls @ $0.40. (Dec 1/27 Call is hedging your upside.) Not sure the S&P 500 has got much upside beyond $1170 and feels $1200 would be the highest. This Bear Call Spread will be profitable up to about $1190 on the S&P 500. Don't hold this to maturity!
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$114.610
Owned Owned
Yes

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Would look at HSD and HOD from Horizons, but they are short-term products (2X Leveraged). HUI is an inverse for the S&P 500, as an alternative.
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Would look at HSD and HOD from Horizons, but they are short-term products (2X Leveraged). HUI is an inverse for the S&P 500, as an alternative.
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John Hood

President , J. C Hood Investment...

Price Price
$106.620
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

March 4, 2009

S&P 500. The longer your time horizon, the better your opportunities. If you are a believer that the world economies will recover in 3 years, this one will recover. ETF’s give you the advantage of not having to study the individual securities that you have no choice in the weightings.
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S&P 500. The longer your time horizon, the better your opportunities. If you are a believer that the world economies will recover in 3 years, this one will recover. ETF’s give you the advantage of not having to study the individual securities that you have no choice in the weightings.
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Laura Wallace

Managing D, Coleford Investment ...

Price Price
$71.730
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 12, 2008

Gives exposure to the S&P 500 and it blankets both growth and value. He would rather tilt more towards S&P Growth. This is a point in the economic cycle where historically growth has outperformed value. He would rather do iShares S&P 500 Growth (IVW-N).
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Gives exposure to the S&P 500 and it blankets both growth and value. He would rather tilt more towards S&P Growth. This is a point in the economic cycle where historically growth has outperformed value. He would rather do iShares S&P 500 Growth (IVW-N).
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Vinny Catalano

Chief Inve, Blue Marble Research...

Price Price
$126.090
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

January 17, 2007

(A Top Pick Oct 11/06. Up 5.7%.) This one was using the trading range, buying at the lower end of a round $70 and selling at around $80. Has recently been buying around $75.
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(A Top Pick Oct 11/06. Up 5.7%.) This one was using the trading range, buying at the lower end of a round $70 and selling at around $80. Has recently been buying around $75.
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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$143.020
Owned Owned
Yes

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 21, 2006

This is actually a large cap market cap index and most of the large caps that dominate the index are very overpriced according to his model. You are not buying a cheap index here.
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This is actually a large cap market cap index and most of the large caps that dominate the index are very overpriced according to his model. You are not buying a cheap index here.
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Brian Acker, CA

Chief Exec, Acker Finley Inc....

Price Price
$141.620
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 11, 2006

A pairs trade. A defensive theme. Go long US quality stocks (SPY-A) where money is coming back and go short emerging markets (EEM-A).
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A pairs trade. A defensive theme. Go long US quality stocks (SPY-A) where money is coming back and go short emerging markets (EEM-A).
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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$135.110
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

August 30, 2006

A US$ denominated version of the iShares S&P 500 (XSP-T) and a little cheaper than the Canadian version. (See the entry for XSP-T)
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A US$ denominated version of the iShares S&P 500 (XSP-T) and a little cheaper than the Canadian version. (See the entry for XSP-T)
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$130.660
Owned Owned
Yes

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This is an index unit so you're buying the whole S&P with one trade. Expects the S&P will hit $1400 by year-end.
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This is an index unit so you're buying the whole S&P with one trade. Expects the S&P will hit $1400 by year-end.
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Brad Willock

Vice Presi, RBC Asset Management...

Price Price
$130.950
Owned Owned
Unknown

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

February 8, 2006

(A top pick Sept. 28/05 up 3.8%) Although it is up now, he covered it in October so he came out ahead.
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(A top pick Sept. 28/05 up 3.8%) Although it is up now, he covered it in October so he came out ahead.
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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$126.620
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

October 6, 2005

(ED - Caller wanted income in US$'s.) At first blush would recommend this one. It will give a dividend yield of about 1.6% in US$'s. His 2nd choice is to go to www.amex.com and under ETFs and select the ones listed. The problem with US yields is that interest rates are going up and that's going to hurt them.
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(ED - Caller wanted income in US$'s.) At first blush would recommend this one. It will give a dividend yield of about 1.6% in US$'s. His 2nd choice is to go to www.amex.com and under ETFs and select the ones listed. The problem with US yields is that interest rates are going up and that's going to hurt them.
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Richard Croft

President, R.N. Croft Financial...

Price Price
$119.200
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

September 28, 2005

Top Short His call here is that the market is topping out. In 3 months it could be marginally higher, but the message in this call is that there is major resistance around $120 and looking for a retest of the $106 area.
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Top Short His call here is that the market is topping out. In 3 months it could be marginally higher, but the message in this call is that there is major resistance around $120 and looking for a retest of the $106 area.
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Larry Berman CF

Chief Inve, ETF Capital Manageme...

Price Price
$121.670
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

December 9, 2003

A lot of the large technology stocks have too much weight in the index. Expects it to fall and fall faster than the Dow.
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A lot of the large technology stocks have too much weight in the index. Expects it to fall and fall faster than the Dow.
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David Baskin

President, Baskin Wealth Manage...

Price Price
$106.740
Owned Owned
No

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF(SPY-N) 

January 23, 2003

(Was a top pick on Dec 27. Down 4.5%) Stil likes.
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(Was a top pick on Dec 27. Down 4.5%) Stil likes.
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Brian Acker, CA

Chief Exec, Acker Finley Inc....

Price Price
$88.710
Owned Owned
Unknown

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