Exchange Traded Funds


Exchange Traded Funds are all the rage among financial planners. The problem for individual investors is that the fees layer up quickly.

A financial advisor might charge about 1% to recommend money managers to clients. The money managers often charge another 1%. This is on top of the ETF fees. The combined 2% in “service” fees is a HUGE barrier to overcome.

Most people can manage an ETF portfolio very efficiently without having to overcome the layers of fees within the financial industry. Our solution is the ETF Tactical Trading service.

Fundamental Trends offers two global strategies: the Global Trends portfolio for long-term growth investors and the Global Asset Allocation portfolio for moderate risk balanced investors.

Either portfolio can be used as a stand alone strategy or as the core to build a stock portfolio around.

The Fundamental Trends ETF strategies manage for risk and search globally for opportunity. We seek to be positioned in growth assets, sectors and regions when they are value priced and rising in price.

We screen ETFs based upon several key criteria: expenses, valuation, internal holdings, methodology, growth outlook and other factors.

Our analysis of the internal fund holdings is unique and provides us a significant edge in building our strategies. See this Seeking Alpha article for an example of how breakdown funds:

XLE And XOP: Comparing 2 Popular SPDR Oil Stock ETFs

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A Note To Beginning Investors

ETFs are a wonderful place to start investing. However, keep it simple when your portfolio is small in order to avoid unnecessary trading costs.

There is an overriding trend in the economy that is long-term. The shift from labor and capital intensive “old economy” companies towards scalable and smart “new economy” companies. While we will always need the “old economy,” many of those stocks will not be good investments due to thin margins.

I have covered a lot of the shift to the new economy here, on MarketWatch and on Seeking Alpha. If you are a beginning investor, there is one fund that is easy to begin with. Read this ETF File from Seeking Alpha:

The Only ETF You Need To Start Investing

Once you are to the point where you’d like explore other opportunities, please do subscribe. Until then, the Fundamental Trends 401k Alert service will makes sense for you as it provides asset allocation and broad information that will help you as you begin building your financial freedom.

A Few Puts To Sell & Eyeballing Oil

The stock market is hitting its first support levels. We were heavy cash coming into this correction, so can start to sell a few puts for companies we’d like to own a bit lower than today’s price. Also, oil is getting crushed which is making it interesting for a rebound play. Do you know what “backwardation’ is? — Read this research with a “free library card.”

Oil & Gas Exit Strategy

We have now moved past the “beginning of the end” of the oil age. While there might be one more cyclical bull market in store, the 2020s will mark a profound shift in energy usage. The advent of EVs is upon us and petrochemicals will fail to grow as projected due to better technology driven options. You need an exit strategy from oil and gas stocks.

Sustainable Growth Investing Model: December 2019

Sustainable Growth Investing uses a base ETF allocation and long-term growth stocks for generating capital appreciation. This strategy can be used for an entire portfolio or as an add-on to a more diversified portfolio, such as, a retirement plan. The Sustainable Growth Investing mission is to beat the S&P 500 stock market index without added risk.

Global Trends ETF Model: December 2019

Global Trends ETF uses tactical asset allocation to find opportunities and manage risk using low cost ETFs. This ETF strategy can be used as a whole portfolio or as the core to build a stock portfolio around.
Our mission with Global Trends ETF is to create a diversified portfolio that uses asset allocation to exploit opportunities and manage risk.

Quick Thoughts On VXX & QQQ

The correction we are seeing is a prelude to what I expect in 2020 as the economy softens and buybacks slowdown. Between now and then, we should see choppiness as smart money fades rallies and the oblivious permabulls buy the dips (perma anything are oblivious). I expect a bit of an “end of QT” rally after Labor Day possibly through January, albeit with more volatility than normal. VXX We nearly […]