Stocks Looking Very Safe Heading Into 2018 (VTI)

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December 29, 2017 6:21am NYSE:VTI

From Jill Mislinski: Here is an advance preview of the monthly moving averages we track after the close of the last business day of the month.


At this point, before the close on the last day of the month, all three S&P 500 strategies are signaling “invested” — unchanged from last month’s signal. All five Ivy Portfolio ETFs — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU), and Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ), and PowerShares DB Commodity Index (DBC) — are signaling “invested”, down from last month’s all “invested” signal.

Month-End Preview

If a position is less than 2% from a signal, it is highlighted in yellow.

Note: Our inclusion of the S&P 500 index updates is intended to illustrate a popular moving moving-average timing strategy. The index signals also give a general sense of how US equities are behaving. However, for followers of a moving average strategy, the general practice is to make buy/sell decisions on the signals for each specific investment, not based on a broad index. Even if you’re investing in a fund that tracks the S&P 500 (e.g., Vanguard’s VFINX or the SPY ETF) the moving average signals for the funds will occasionally differ from the underlying index because of dividend reinvestment, which is not factored into the index closes.

The Ivy Portfolio

The second of the three adjacent tables previews the 10-month SMA timing signals for the five asset classes highlighted in The Ivy Portfolio.

We’ve also included (third table) the 12-month SMA timing signals for the Ivy ETFs in response to the many requests to include this slightly longer time frame.

After the end-of-month market close, we’ll update the monthly moving average feature with charts to illustrate.

The bottom line is that these moving-average signals have a good track record for long-term gains while avoiding major losses. They’re not fool-proof, but they essentially dodged the 2007-2009 bear and have captured significant gains since the initial buy signals after the March 2009 low.

The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) was unchanged in premarket trading Friday. Year-to-date, VTI has gained 21.07%, versus a 22.17% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

VTI currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #3 of 140 ETFs in the Large Cap Blend ETFs category.


This article is brought to you courtesy of Advisor Perspectives.


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