A recent article in the publication Barron's pointed out one of the big success stories in 2010 has been the growth of the ETF market. This market is expected to close out the year around $1 trillion up from $794 billion at year-end 2009.
For quite some time now we at MarketClub have been big fans of ETFs for investors. There are several reasons for this, but one of the great reasons is the easy way it allows investors to diversify their holdings not only across different markets, but also across different countries. We utilize this particular strategy in 2 popular ETF portfolios that we have constructed for MarketClub members.
Here is a market that we like a lot more than the US market. We really like the way its acting and it looks set to take out the highs that were seen in December of 2009. If that is the case, then we could see this market make all-time highs pretty quickly. You definitely want to have this one on your radar screen.
Investors have been told for years that diversification lowers risk. While that may be true in certain instances, it certainly isn't true in the world equity markets.
Let me give you an example: Had you purchased the five ETF's that we track in MarketClub's "Global Strategy Portfolio" on January 2, 2008, you would have seen your equity diminish 29% in the space of 30 months. However, had you followed the "Global Strategy Portfolio" with the same five ETF's, you would have seen your equity grow 23% in the same time-frame. With a 52% difference between the potential for profit and the potential loss, those are numbers that no investor can ignore.