No matter how flat, volatile, or bearish the market gets, someone is always making money. As they say:
There's always a bull market somewhere.
Two critical questions investors often ask are: "Where do you find these bulls?" and "What's the best way to play them?"
The correct answers to these questions could have a sensational impact on your portfolio. Today I am going to suggest which bulls to follow, not merely for now, but more importantly for the future. That's when the real money is to be made.
- First, there is an exciting opportunity to lock in on a growing boom in consumer spending, sparked by lower gas prices and stronger confidence.
- Secondly, future European stimulus packages are likely to jump-start certain stocks.
- Thirdly, the media industry now offers extremely high gain potential as the world continues to shrink while its need for entertainment and information continues to grow.
- Fourthly, the demand for cyber security is in all-out crisis mode. Look what is happening all around us, even to giant organizations like Target, Home Depot, and Sony.
So what is the best way to play powerful trends like these?
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- Without the extra commission fees from buying dozens of stocks.
- Without the added risk of dropping the ball on a mega-boom because a few key stocks are missed.
- And without the angst of buying one company that happens to turn sour in an otherwise soaring industry.
What makes this possible? ETFs, of course. Exchange Traded Funds. For years, I've been deeply involved in industry analysis tracking sectors and assessing how trends would affect individual stocks.
And yet one thing always seems to surprise me. So many investors believe that all it takes to make money is to buy ETFs in industries that are currently running hot.
If only it were that easy!
The truth is that even if you could accurately predict which hot industries would STAY that way the question becomes: Which specific ETFs should you buy?
As of now, there are over 1,600 of them and that number has ballooned since the first ETF was introduced in 1993. And every last one of them is unique. To take full advantage of these trends, it's important to . . .
Get aboard the right ETFs at the right time.
For example, for several months last year while the Dow ran about even...
- The commodity of coffee soared +70%.
- India small caps were +35%.
- Biotech jumped +20%.
Just imagine if you could be clued into a choice handful of spaces like these that are firing up today, and that look to outperform for months to come. Yes, there is a lot of money to be made through sector rotation. You invest in areas that are booming and then rotate out of them when they start to turn.
But which individual ETFs do you buy? This matters a great deal . . .
How should you bet on the market: SPY vs. RSP?
For example, if you believed the S&P 500 was going to swing upward and bought shares of SPY, its most popular ETF, you would have gained +21.6% in 6 months.
But suppose instead you chose RSP, which weighs each S&P stock equally and does not favor higher market caps.
Your 6-month gain would have been even greater: +26.0%.
What's the best way to invest in Japan: EWJ vs. DXJ?
The difference between two Japan ETFs was greater still.
EWJ jumped +36.9% in 6 months.
But if you instead bought DXJ which eliminates exposure to the Japanese yen, your gain would have been an explosive +63.9%.
Which move should you make on energy: PBW vs. QCLN?
And look how clean energy outpaced the market.
Buying PBW which focuses heavily on solar energy would have brought you a nice +29% gain in less than 6 months.
But QCLN with its broader approach to the sector would have catapulted by +50.1%. And look how clean energy has been outpacing the market.
Where should you look to make the most of a housing boom: XHB vs. ITB?
And the home-builder sector has been red hot as well. XHB would have gained you +18.5% in 6 months.
But wouldn't you have preferred to be in ITB, which focuses purely on home construction,
and not on retail companies like Bed Bath & Beyond?
This ETF soared +27.1%.
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