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March Madness ETF Play

etf-logo-finalCourtesy of Todd Shriber/ETF Trends.com

MarketsMuse Editor note: From the “what will they think of next dept..”

That great American pastime the NCAA Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, commences Thursday.


The start of March Madness means some lost productivity for American employers as workers sneak a few minutes here and there to watch games and monitor office pools. Those pools are big, but illicit business.


While billions of dollars are wagered each year in NCAA Tournament office pools, the Market Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEArca: BJK) does not make for an ideal March Madness ETF play because although several states have seen fit to legalize marijuana, the moral crusade against sports gambling continues in every state but Nevada though New Jersey is trying to legalize sports betting as well. [Macau is Gambling ETF’s Lucky Charm]

Another March Madness ETF idea is the PowerShares Dynamic Media Portfolio (NYSEArca: PBS). Arguably, PBS is the most predictable ETF play on potential upside for stocks at the hands of the NCAA Tournament, but it is that predictability that means the $324.8 million PBS requires further examination.

To read the entirety, we’re putting the ball back into the ETFtrends.com court…click here for Todd Shriber’s column.