27 Jul Trading a New “ETF”
Trading a New “ETF”
July 27, 2022
The message from the most famous financial advisors in the world is clear:
You have to be diversified.
It’s the only way to trade, and if we stay diversified we can beat all of the mutual funds and active traders by a mile.
All the experts and all the “research” says so.
“But how can we do it,” we ask. “How can we utilize the omnipotent power of diversification?”
“Easy,” they say. “Just trade an ETF.”
What’s an ETF? It’s an instrument made up of a bunch of other instruments. The SPY ETF, for example, has all of the S&P 500 inside of it. If you trade the SPY by itself–just one instrument–you get the diversification benefit of actually trading the entire S&P 500 all at once.
We can buy the SPY, forget about it forever because it’s diversified, and beat the returns of everyone.
So they tell us.
How diversified are we, though? The SPY has five hundred companies but don’t many of them overlap? And aren’t they all just companies with similar problems in bad times and similar advantages in good times? It sounds diversified, but is it?
Is there anything else that better uses the superpowers of diversification?
How about an instrument that takes the interest rates of an entire country into account? The movement of interest rates is enormously complex, factoring in politics, GDP growth, central bank doctrines, consumer behavior, and many other things. How about if that instrument also took into account the relationship of one country’s currency versus another? Now we’re factoring in all those elements from all over the world.
The complex relationship between England, Scotland, Wales and Japan, for example, seems way more encompassing than a few hand-picked United States companies.
Isn’t just one Forex currency pair way more diversified than an ETF?
Furthermore, one Forex currency pair trends way harder than an ETF ever could.
More diversification and more returns? Why would anyone turn that down?
And, as you know, I don’t turn it down. I only trade the “GBPJPY ETF” (GBPJPY in spot Fx) in all of my Forex accounts.
Is it safe to do that? Is it effective?
The safe part is up to each trader. If a conglomerate of U.S. companies seems safer than a multi-faceted, multi-country relationship, then stick to a basic ETF. The experts would applaud anyone who loves SPY.
We’re going to focus this week on effective. Does trading GBPJPY produce good returns?
Let’s look at 2022 first. How has the diversified stalwart SPY done in 2022?
It’s been lousy (down about 16%). How about the financial advisor community’s special baby, the VOO?
But how has a Daily system on the “GBPJPY ETF” (that we talked about on 3/21/21) performed?
It’s up $3,800 in 2022. On a hypothetical $20k account, the “GBPJPY ETF” would be up 19%.
More diversification and more return. Hmm.
In our next Newsletter, we’ll go over the details to this system.
Talk to you soon.
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