Sector Mutual Funds
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Sector funds are mutual funds that focus their equity investments within a specific sector or industry of the economy. Several investment companies such as Fidelity Investments, ICON Funds, ProFunds, Rydex Investments, and Vanguard Group offer sector- and industry-specific mutual funds. Some sector funds cover broad sectors, such as information technology or health care. Fidelity Select Technology (Nasdaq: FSPTX)… Read More »
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… Read More »
A 4.6% increase in the price of gold over the past three days has helped the precious metal to break out of its two month trading range of $930 to $970 an ounce. Gold for December delivery hit a six-month high of $999.50 an ounce today pushing the price close to the psychologically important $1,000 an ounce mark.… Read More »
Year 2009 has been tough for many investors. Investors who panicked in March and fled from equities to cash have watched their monies earn abysmally low returns while stock prices took off. The S&P 500 is now up 64% from its 2009 bottom, making it difficult for cash-laden investors to decide if it is right to return to… 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 past 45 days have brought about an abrupt change in the markets. After being in a phase of never-wanting-to-go-down from February through April, markets around the globe have turned south in a hurry. Steep losses in equity prices since late April have put most of the markets around the world in the red for the year. In… Read More »
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… Read More »
Sector investing harnesses the potential of sector funds through sector rotation to create wealth. Sector funds focus their equity investments within a specific sector or industry of the economy. Stock prices of companies within a sector or industry move together due to causal factors. Examples of such factors include introduction of new technologies or products, changes in consumer… Read More »
The first half of 2009 has been tough on most momentum-based strategies. After declining 11.0% in the first quarter, the broad market turned around and staged a roaring rally. The S&P 500 is now up 15.7% for the second quarter. The snap in performance between the first and second quarters is even more striking at a sector level.… Read More »
Mutual fund titans Vanguard and Fidelity are taking different approaches to compete against sector ETFs. The allure of low expense ratios, better transparency, and ready liquidity has made exchange-traded funds (ETFs) a popular investment vehicle. The robust returns earned off-late by energy and other commodity ETFs have resulted in money gravitating towards such ETFs. The Energy Select Sector… Read More »
The AlphaProfit No-Load, No-Transaction-Fee (NL-NTF) growth model portfolio is up 175% since 2009. In comparison, the model portfolio’s U. S. & foreign stock combination benchmark is up 135%. The NL-NTF model portfolio will be reconstituted with new recommendations of best-of-breed mutual funds on Wednesday, August 21.
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