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ETF Trend Following Playbook, The: Profiting from Trends in Bull or Bear Markets with Exchange Traded Funds (paperback), 1st edition

  • Tom Lydon

Published by FT Press (August 13th 2009) - Copyright © 2010

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ETF Trend Following Playbook, The: Profiting from Trends in Bull or Bear Markets with Exchange Traded Funds (paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780134268071

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Overview

Millions of investors have been left to pick up the pieces and figure out where it all went wrong over the last couple of years. They're furious with the "professionals," and determined to regain control of their own investments. This book gives them the easy-to-use tools they need to do just that: simple tools based on techniques that have earned a 26.1% positive return over the past decade, while the S+P 500 was plummeting by 37.4%. For the first time, Thomas F. Lydon, Jr. brings together two of this generation's most well-proven investment approaches: low-cost, flexible ETFs and powerful trend following strategies, along with basic technical analysis tools. You'll learn how to quickly identify markets that are about to plummet, get out of the way, and how to identify markets that are headed up, and capture all the profit they're getting ready to deliver. Lydon shows how to systematically remove the emotion from investing, and replace it with simple mathematical tools that work consistently well: tools like the 200-day and 50-day moving average, which are easy enough for any investor to utilize. By the time they finish this book, investors will know how to make a plan that works, stick to that plan, and reap the rewards, even as others are mourning their lost assets.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments . . . xii

About the Author . . . xiv

Introduction: Buy—and—Hold: Rest in Peace . . . xv

Chapter 1 Trends Are an Investor’s Best Friend . . . 1

Buy-and-Hold’s Funeral March . . . 4

Getting in Touch with Your Emotions . . . 7

Never-Ending Opportunities . . . 9

Chapter 2 Risk and Disaster Don’t Have to Go Hand-in-Hand . . . 11

Greed and Fear and Stocks, Oh My! . . . 12

Running Scared . . . 13

What Kind of Risk Level Can You Tolerate? . . .14

Types of Risk . . . 16

Staying Grounded . . . 17

Is Time on Your Side? . . . 17

The Go-Getter (Aggressive) . . . 17

The In-Betweener (Somewhat Less Aggressive) . . . 18

The Almost There (Moderately Conservative) . . . 18

The I’m Outta Here (Conservative) . . . 18

Chapter 3 Spotting Trends . . . 23

Tools of the Trade . . . 23

Learning to Identify Trends . . . 24

The Rules of the Game . . . 25

Understanding the Moving Average . . . 26

Exiting Safely and Profitably . . . 27

Avoiding a Bursting Bubble . . . 29

Learning to Live with “the Sell” . . . 29

Finding the Trends . . . 30

Up, Down, and Flat as a Pancake . . . 31

Timing Is Everything . . . 35

Chapter 4 Why Trend Following Can’t Be Beat . . . 39

Never Look Back . . . 42

What Happens After You Sell? . . . 43

Conquer Volatility, Don’t Let It Conquer You . . . 44

Do You Have Any Better Ideas? . . . 44

Buy-and-Hold: Does It Work Like It Should? . . . 45

Where That Leaves Us . . . 46

Chapter 5 The Nuts and Bolts of ETFs . . . 49

Why ETFs Are a Better Solution . . . 50

A Fast-Growing Industry . . . 53

Evaluating ETFs . . . 54

Employing ETFs . . . 56

Chapter 6 Tools You Can Use . . . 61

News . . . 61

Analysis . . . 62

Looking Under the Hood . . . 63

Charting . . . 64

Chapter 7 Navigating U.S. Markets . . . 65

Choices Galore . . . 66

Dow Jones Industrial Average . . . 67

The S&P 500 . . . 69

Russell Mid-Cap Index . . . 70

The Russell 2000 . . . 70

Growth Versus Value . . . 72

Value: Slower but Steadier . . . 72

Trends in Value and Growth . . . 73

Domestic Market ETFs . . . 74

Digging in Even Deeper . . . 75

Chapter 8 International Opportunities . . . 77

The Land of the Rising Sun...and Profits . . . 79

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