When the price of oil goes down this ETF goes up

This month the price of oil has dropped dramatically.

There are two sides to every trade, and often you can find an exchange traded fund that tracks both sides of the trade for an asset like oil.


Oil Hedge

Such is the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF (SCO).

SCO is an inverse oil fund that has been a part of my Stable Equity portfolio on Covestor for a long time.

In my opinion, the role that this ETF plays in the Stable Equity portfolio is typically as a hedge to offset losses in the global equity markets.

When the global economy stumbles the demand for oil typically fails leading to lower oil prices.

In November, SCO has been a key driver in performance for the Stable Equity portfolio.

Whether OPEC maneuvering or an impending recession is the primary of recent oil price volatility, SCO is a very interesting fund, in my opinion, to examine for a role in a balanced portfolio.

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