The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( ETF Expert) -- According to Paul La Monica at CNN Money, insider selling is near its highest levels in a decade. Specifically, nearly 1,800 S&P 500 executives cashed in shares over the most recent three-month period.
Nevertheless, when one considers the accumulation of information -- falling Treasury bond yields, dollar outflows from global equity funds, benchmark declines since earnings season began, increasing CBOE VIX volatility, sovereign debt crisis flare-ups -- the insider selling data begin to look prescient. You don't have to run screaming for the exits, though. It makes far more sense to employ appropriate ETF hedges as well as use sensible stop-loss orders; in that manner, you won't be prone to selling stock ETFs in an undisciplined frenzy. You can listen to the ETF Expert Radio Show "LIVE", via podcast or on your iPod. You can follow me on Twitter @ETFexpert.