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Must-read Articles on Sector Investing
High-potential diversified portfolios can be constructed by dividing assets among a group of sector funds. This approach gives the investor flexibility to over-weight or under-weight certain sectors versus broadly diversified indexes. 'Sector funds are too risky.' 'I doubled my money with Fidelity Select Technology in 12 months!' 'Avoid sector funds.' If all of this sounds confusing, you are not alone.
If you are looking to earn great returns from the stock market sector mutual funds are right up your alley. Sophisticated investors recognize the potential sector mutual funds offer and know how to make such funds work for them. You can consistently beat the market by investing in the right sector mutual fund at the right time. In fact, you can make money even in bear markets.
Sector ETFs are among the most potent investment vehicles that allow individual investors to exploit advantages previously available only to large institutions. You can beat the market by investing in the right sector ETF at the right time. In fact, you can actually make money even when the overall market is tanking. However all too often, investors use sector ETFs inappropriately and get their fingers burnt.
Operating metrics for wireless companies are improving as pricing has firmed as pricing has firmed and customer churn has moderated. Stocks in the wireless group have been on a tear. Is it time for investors to bail out of this group? During the go-go days of the late 90s, capital was cheap and wireless service providers invested heavily… Read More »
Some investors are reluctant to engage in sector investing, as they view it to be riskier than index investing. Active investors now have the means to lessen the risk associated with sector investing and earn greater rewards than with index investing. Investors often perceive sector investing as risky. Sector funds or sector ETFs that confine their investments to… Read More »
Sector Investing Perspective on Vanguard Sector ETFs Vanguard Sector ETFs are administered by The Vanguard Group, a leading mutual fund company that manages several index mutual funds. Vanguard sector ETFs are set up as a separate class of shares of selected Vanguard index funds. Vanguard index funds that offer ETF shares have two classes of shares. The first… Read More »
A Sector Investing Perspective on SPDR ETF, Select Sector SPDR ETF, and SPDR Gold Shares State Street is involved in the management and marketing of several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) through its subsidiary, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Sector ETFs, industry-group ETFs, and a commodity trust are offered. Breadth of Sector ETFs Ten sector ETFs are offered, nine under… Read More »
Few investment products have as many fanatics as Fidelity Select funds do. Why? The Fidelity Select fund aficionados know that they can beat the market by judiciously selecting such funds. Here are the facts: The average Fidelity Select fund has outperformed the S&P 500 by 4.7% per year over the past 20 years. The stats get even better.… Read More »
Stock prices are under pressure on concerns of corporate earnings contracting during the first quarter of 2015. According to FactSet, analysts now expect first quarter earnings for the S&P 500 companies to decline 4.6% from the year-ago period. If upside surprises during the upcoming reporting season are not adequate to offset this forecasted earnings decline in its entirety,… Read More »
Investments in the real estate group have not been following the broad stock market in recent months. They have been taking their cue from bonds instead. The broad market sold off in January on concerns of slowing global growth. As bond yields fell, shares of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) rose. Growth concerns eased in February. Stocks recouped… Read More »
The fourth quarter earnings reporting season is here. Alcoa has kicked things off reporting 33 cents a share in fourth quarter EPS. This exceeds consensus analysts’ forecasts by 5 cents a share or 18%. The aluminum producer has provided a comforting 2015 outlook. The company forecasts global aluminum demand to grow 7% in 2015, mirroring the 7% growth… Read More »
Stock market volatility scares investors. However, your financial health can be affected if you let fear drive your investment decisions. The performance of several types of equity assets from December 31, 1993 to December 31, 2013 is shown below: Source: Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC, Standard & Poor’s, Dalbar A dollar invested in AlphaProfit Fidelity Focus and ETF Focus… Read More »
Read this article to learn how you can maximize return from the best natural gas mutual funds, best natural gas ETFs, and best natural gas stocks. Excess natural gas production from shale formations resulted in a supply glut in 2010 and pressured natural gas prices. Planned cuts in natural gas production at the beginning of this year crimped… Read More »
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