Review of GLD-USD leveraged

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    Richard Thomas

    Can you please carry out a review of the components of the GLD-USD leveraged strategy?
    I like this strategy a lot and have used it in most of my self constructed portfolios in QT. The problem I have is the lack of liquidity in some of the currency components. In particular CROC. I am trying to re-balance today and purchase additional shares of CROC, however it is extremely difficult to get filled. Today’s current volume as of 10:30am MST is just over 500!! and the bid ask spreads are naturally dreadful.
    Is there anything you can do to look at alternatives without destroying the performance of this strategy?

    Alexander Horn

    Hi Richard,

    there is a lot of discussion regarding CROC, but also the other two currency ETN in this forum, use the search function. Liquidity is low, many cannot trade them in their retirement accounts, and there are also filing related issues. We therefore introduced the GLD/UUP version, which is simple to trade, but at a lower performance.

    There are simply no better alternatives we could use, all have some kind of issue:

    Using limit orders and giving them some time you should still be able to get decent fills, or alternatively consider doing the corresponding FX transactions with USD:AUD.


    You can also trade directly the forex currency pair. The name is something like USDAUD. Make sure you trade 2x the CROC value an you don‘t inverse the trade as sometimes it‘s also a long currency pair AUDUSD

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