Today I want to talk about how important it is to know what’s inside the index funds you own. In many cases they can be misleading. Something like the Dollar Index, for example, which is basically 60% Euro, is not exactly the best barometer of the “U.S. Dollar”. The Consumer Discretionary Index is 23% Amazon. Stocks like Google and Facebook aren’t even in the Technology Index! Combined, $GOOG & $FB actually make up around 40% of the Communications Index.
It’s important to know what you own, or what you’re analyzing for that matter. When you talk about the S&P500, this is basically they greatest momentum strategy of all time. It buys more of the biggest and best performing stocks and kicks out the worst ones, replacing them with better performers. For me, this is the best large-cap momentum strategy ever created. [Read more…]