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  • TAN Vs. YLCO: Which Is The Better Solar ETF? [View article]
    Not sure how the author arrived at YLCO's yield of 1.2%? The one dividend the fund has paid so far (8/10/2015) was for a partial quarter. As of 9/18/2015 the weighted yield of YLCO's holdings is 5.4%, more than double that of TAN.
    Sep 18, 2015. 08:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lending Club: Still Difficult To Buy [View article]
    SFC, your claim that the biggest risk to LC is that "eventually a platform will offer borrowers lower rates and investors higher returns"; I'm afraid this is impossible. Investor's returns are exactly the borrower's rate minus fees and charge-offs, that's the beauty of fin-tech and explains the "gap" in your chart. If the market somehow lowers rates that will only mean investors see lower returns. New competition is either better for borrowers or investors but not both. Should big finance lower their rates to stay competitive than all investors in all sectors will see declining yield, an unfavorable event IMHO.

    Also I think the spread between LC rates and treasuries is irrelevant. Borrower's rates are set by mostly non-market factors, mainly their credit worthiness. With LC publishing Charge-Off adjusted rates, LC loans are very "treasury like". Until the 3-year treasury exceeds even the kindest rated A1 LC loan, nobody in their right mind should invest in the treasury.
    Aug 11, 2015. 02:53 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UBS' S&P 500 Gold Hedged ETN Is Built On Half Truths And Luck [View article]
    Somewhat apples & oranges. GLDI is mostly going to track the spot price of gold albeit with lower volatility thanks to it's options strategy. GDXJ on the other hand is a fundamentals issue. Can junior miners carry on if gold breaks below $1000/oz? Cheap oil does mean cheaper production. I will say gold's price decline has got me looking into those fun 1-5 gram bars as gifts, something I would have never done @ $1500/oz. I'd keep an eye on how strongly this metals cycle is boosting demand.
    Jul 23, 2015. 04:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IPO Quiet Period Expiration: InfraREIT [View article]
    ~2% on a momentum play doesn't sound very appealing. The trouble I see with HIFR is it's price jumped too quick after IPO, trying to match the yield of the REIT market. The whole point of this utility structuring itself as a REIT was to be the first to offer a direct dividend stream for people wanting to recapture portions of their energy bill. At your price target of $29.25 HIFR would need to grow it's dividend 7.5% by the end of the year just to match CenterPoint's, and 40% to match AEP's.
    Feb 20, 2015. 12:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Beat Leveraged ETF Decay [View article]
    I'd certainly read the fine print on whosever prospectus you're thinking of going in on, but in theory yes; a standard long position in a 2x ETF at most risks only your principal. You could loose all $1,000 twice as fast, but $1,000 is your maximum loss, minus commissions of course. Good luck!
    Jan 22, 2015. 04:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Beat Leveraged ETF Decay [View article]
    It's very likely! Given your criteria leveraged funds should be able to amplify your gains. ProShares has a good one-pager on the notion, see "Strategy #1" in the following document:
    Jan 22, 2015. 02:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Might Be The Cheapest Investment In Apparel [View article]
    Agreed. As someone who fits their target demographic I must attest they are the best out there for males. Gap is junk, Banana is nice but 100% cotton, Brooks fabrics are often too thin, and the myriad of other specialty retailers take more trial and error than I'd care to invest. Regardless, all this speculation and gloom has provided excellently priced options on EXPR.
    Jun 10, 2014. 09:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Further Withering Of Wind Power [View article]
    Futurist, very informative, you're spot on. The impression I was getting from the author in this and their earlier article is was that wind is too intermittant overall to work; which just isn't true. Micmac1 points out some smaller scale technologies to smooth out the power bumps you reference. I have a boyhood fascination with flywheels, ROI be darned.
    Apr 29, 2014. 08:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Further Withering Of Wind Power [View article]
    Agreed with Ben Gee. The intermittancy of wind energy is an old argument. By normalizing production and demand in Fig 1. you're far over-representing the impact of wind energy. According to congress' statement in your original analysis wind power accounts for only ~4% of the nations entire production capacity. Yet, total power demand in Fig. 1 fluctuates by almost 30% in a day. If we shut-off and turned back on every single wind turbine in the US at once it wouldn't have nearly the "surge" effect that electrical grids deal with in a typical day. Explain, how do existing fossil fuel plants deal with a 30% jump in demand between 4-8 am, or a 15% drop between 8-midnight? This notion of "arbitrairily" having to shut down plants down for a maximum 4% difference in production is bogus. I have a hard time believe these "constraint" payments made to wind energy producers during peak winds are really "because they're producing too much"; a more logical explination is conventional plants refuse to cut their own production as the wind blows. It's a bit acusitory, but so long as wind is subsidized, energy companies that deal in both conventional and wind have a strong incentive to cap maximum wind production and effectivly double-charge consumers.

    Planning for the storage of wind power, while neat, is really unnecessary.

    Better management in projecting wind production and less reluctance to curbing conventional production are all wind power needs to succeed.
    Apr 23, 2014. 12:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [View article]
    Excellent description of UBS' leveraged offerings. I was going to do a write up on DVHL believing it's diversity and dividend would beat it's expenses and make it a long term play...not a chance.
    Mar 5, 2014. 04:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors Expect Rapid Growth At Pattern Energy Group [View article]
    Not sure if you're into options Dr. Konrad but PEGI has some excellent spreads currently to help boost their ~4.5% dividend. Dec-Jan volatility most certainly had something to do with it, but should growth be as stagnant as you predict, out-of-the money calls look too good to resist.
    Mar 1, 2014. 07:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Still Holding Short-Term Treasuries? Lose The Risk And Choose This Instead [View article]

    We are not comparing short-term to long-term issues in this article. SHY and other short-term funds rotate their holdings to keep their avg. time-to-maturity constant. In doing so their duration risk becomes almost exclusively dependent on changes in prevailing interest rates. Since these rates at their lowest levels in decades these funds’ risk are at their highest. If rates should continue to go lower, their risk would only continue to increase. As you were probably implying this “maximum” risk is relative; we’re talking very short issues paying very little interest. The convexity chart above illustrates how a 100% jump in rates will only generate a ~0.1% drop in SHY. The point I’ve made is why would you bother with these issues where there are better alternatives?
    Oct 31, 2013. 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Still Holding Short-Term Treasuries? Lose The Risk And Choose This Instead [View article]
    Appriciated! Thanks.
    Oct 29, 2013. 01:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Closed-End Fund Trifecta: How To Analyze A CEF [View article]

    Could you elaborate on why you look at leverage-adjusted NAV yield? I can see how that metric can provide an indication of how well the managers are timing their trading vs something passive like an ETF. However all things being equal, if Fund A beats it's benchmark with good leverage while Fund B beats it with good asset timing, aren't they both employing good management? Thanks.

    Oct 24, 2013. 11:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Beat Leveraged ETF Decay [View article]

    Hope I still caught you in time for your article. You're indeed right about my volatility values being less than convention! I used a method of relating price movement to current price. In retrospect I'll stick with the tried and true standard, pure percentages are always the way to go. Luckily volatility analysis is relative, so long as you write your article with consistent methods you're evaluations will all be accurate.
    Aug 20, 2013. 11:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment