James Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money and my former boss at TheStreet.com, was ranting and raving about the UltraShort Financials ProShares ETF (SKF). He says it doesn’t work, doesn’t help shareholders and hurts the market as a whole. He says the ETF only helps the brokers and hurts the market.
SKF is a highly risky investment and isn’t a long-term bet. It isn’t necessarily living up to its hype. But what’s wrong with having a product for traders? No one who reads the prospectus see ProShares recommending this for long-term investors.
Cramer hasn’t been doing very well by his viewers over the past year. As the market continued to crash he kept telling people to buy stocks instead of telling people to sell and go to cash or recommending bear funds. He also told people to hold Bear Stearns the week before it went under. He quotes a guy from Goldman who says it sucks. Well, let’s see, maybe that’s because every time people buy SKF it forces shares of Goldman lower.
Cramer says the SEC has to listen to him. You mean like the people who listened to him when he told them to hold Bear Stearns? I’m not putting to much faith into his opinion.