How much of the farm should ETF investors "bet" on farming?
Throughout 2011, Jim Rogers has been particularly bullish on agricultural-based assets. Yet Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEARCA:MOO) and PowerShares DB Agriculture (NYSEARCA:DBA) are both down -11% over the prior year.
Is Mr. Rogers changing his tune? Not a chance. Although the world-renowned China bull is somewhat bearish on stock assets, he still sees the world’s demand for food rising. That should help agricultural commodities represented by PowerShares DB Agriculture (DBA)... and it should benefit the corporations in Market Vectors Agribusiness (MOO) that supply the global agribusiness industry.
Of course, there’s a more popular form of harvesting taking place in 2011… tax-loss harvesting. Specifically, savvy investors are taking some losses on short-term investments in December, rather than holding-n-hoping. For instance, an agribusiness believer can sell Potash (NYSE:POT) today at a loss, replace it with Market Vectors Agribusiness (MOO), and simultaneously lower his/her tax bill.
Obviously, European debt uncertainty is punishing stocks all across the big board. The debt crisis has pushed traders out of commodities as well. Is there any hope for "risk assets" as the holiday season comes to an unceremonious conclusion?
Actually, retail ETFs may get a lift. Not only are the Retail HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:RTH) "holding" onto a 200-day uptrend, but this exchange-traded vehicle has been logging "higher lows" since August.
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