Own Tesla Without All Of The Risk

If you are like most investors, you have been watching the historic, mind-blowing run Tesla has had in 2020. Or maybe you didn't realize that Tesla Inc. (TSLA) is up more than 429% since the start of 2020. Yes, you read that correctly, Tesla is up more than 400% during a time when most companies are struggling due to the pandemic and business shutdowns the country dealt with back in the spring.

But, after seeing that sort of performance, you must be asking yourself one of two questions. First, can this continue? And is it worth the risk of buying Tesla, at let's say an all-time high, and having the stock roll-over on me days or weeks after dumping money into it?

Well, yes, Tesla can theoretically continue to run higher. I am not saying that it will or that it will not. What I am saying is, is that yes, it could continue running higher. But to the point of whether it is worth the risk, well, the same can be said. Tesla could roll over tomorrow and lose 50% in a matter of days or weeks.

So, the real question is, "how can I buy Tesla without taking on so much risk"? Continue reading "Own Tesla Without All Of The Risk"

Tesla Is Going To Change The ETFs You May Own

Watching the Elon Musk and Tesla (TSLA) show from the sidelines has been both entertaining and exhilarating even for those investors who have never owned a single share of the electric vehicle company. But for many investors, the days of watching the historic run of Tesla’s stock price from the sidelines are likely soon to be over, regardless of whether or not you like it.

Tesla’s most recent quarterly earnings report was its fourth consecutive one in which the company posted positive earnings on a GAAP basis, which now makes the automaker eligible to join the S&P 500 index. So why does this matter to the average investor?

Well, first off, if you own any Exchange Traded Fund or Mutual Fund that tracks the S&P 500, you will now own Tesla indirectly if the company is added to the index. Furthermore, Tesla is a massive company. Its market capitalization is north of $250 billion, making it one of the biggest companies in the S&P 500 if it was already a part of the index. So, not only will Tesla be a part of your portfolio, but if you have a large position in an S&P 500 tracking index, well, you will now have a lot riding on Tesla living up to its lofty valuation.

Additionally, since it is not part of the index, and if it does get added, there will be massive selling of other index components to make room for Tesla. Let me explain this point in a little more detail, because its very, very important. The S&P 500, like many indexes, is a market capitalization-weighted index. This means that the largest company in the index, currently either Apple (AAPL) or Microsoft (MSFT), accounts for around 5.7% of the index. The smallest company in the S&P 500, represents less than 0.01% of the index. And remember, 500 companies comprise the index. Continue reading "Tesla Is Going To Change The ETFs You May Own"

How To Own Tesla While Reducing Your Overall Risk

Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. (TSLA) are down nearly 50% since December of 2018. That is quite a fall and one that attracts the attention of investors looking to buy a stock after it has shed a large amount of its value in the hopes that the stock price will rebound in the future.

We have seen Tesla’s stock crash before and bounce back even higher. This gives hopes that the company can turn things around and the stock will once again see the $300 handle. Regardless though of what the stock has done in the past, anyone considering investing in Tesla today should be cautious and try to limit their risk as much as possible.

One way of doing this is by simply buying an Exchange Traded Fund, which has a position in Tesla. That way if the stock continues to crash and eventually burns, your investment doesn’t take as much of a hit as if it would if you directly purchase shares of Tesla. On the flip side, if Elon Musk stabilizes the company and investors begin to believe his story, causing Tesla to climb higher, you reap the rewards, and the ETF will also move higher. While the move higher in an ETF may not be as substantial, it would still increase in value if it held a large portion of the auto-maker.

With that in mind, let us take a look at a few different ETFs that hold varying sizes of Tesla in their portfolio’s.

The first ETF is the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), which has Tesla as its top holding. Tesla represents 9.96% of the fund’s assets. The fund has 38 different positions, which are companies that focus on disruptive and innovative firms. Despite Tesla’s poor recent performance, the fund is still up 11.64% and down just a half of a percent over the last 12 months. ARKK would see a massive move upwards if Tesla regained the value it has lost, but due to its exposure to the electric car company, if Tesla does continue to decline, ARKK will certainly take a substantial hit. Continue reading "How To Own Tesla While Reducing Your Overall Risk"