Those who think consumer confidence and the personal finances of Americans are improving can invest in any number of consumer goods companies. One company that should benefit from both higher and lower consumer confidence is Winmark Corp. (NASDAQ:WINA). A retailer that buys, sells, trades, and consigns merchandise; most people know it as the owners of Play It Again Sports and Once Upon a Child. The company’s second-quarter earnings were up almost 30% year-over-year. In step, Winmark’s share price is up 26% year-to-date and almost 40% year-over-year.
For those who are uncertain about the direction of consumer sentiment and the U.S. economy but still understand there are some products Americans will purchase no matter what, you might want to consider consumer staple exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like First Trust Consumer Staples AlphaDEX (NYSEARCA:FXG) or Power Shares Dynamic Food & Beverage (NYSEARCA:PBJ).
Under an umbrella of an uncertain economic environment and political divergence, some consumer goods stocks and ETFs will continue to provide investors with interesting opportunities to grow their retirement portfolios.
This article is brought to you courtesy of John Whitefoot from the Daily Gains Letter.