The White House is no Place for ETF Advice

Sometimes, it is best for one to stick with one knows best. For example, it probably is not advisable for the White House press secretary to dispense investment advice.

However, that is exactly what President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, did last week when he said the only bet to make on Russian stocks was from the short side. Traders have since gone the opposite direction.

“The percentage of borrowed shares in the biggest U.S. ETF tracking Russia’s market — a barometer of short selling — has fallen to 14 percent of the total stock, from 17 percent the day Carney spoke and a record 21 percent on March 3,” Halia Pavliva and Ksenia Galouchko report for Bloomberg, citing data provider Markit.

The largest Russia ETF trading in the U.S. is the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and the fund  is highlighting the folly of Carney’s advice. Since Carney’s short Russia call on March 18, RSX has pulled in over $202 million in fresh assets. Including Thursday’s gains, RSX is up 3.4% in the past five trading sessions. [Leveraged Russia ETFs Gain Fans]

“I wouldn’t, if I were you, invest in Russian equities right now, unless you’re going short,” said Carney last week, Bloomberg reported.