From Taki Tsaklanos: The best-performing sector this year is Technology, and investors should align their portfolios with that reality — regardless of their goals and risk tolerance.
The most important way to win in markets is to have relatively more investments in outpeforming sectors and companies. That requires active portfolio management, and it only happens through thorough market research and study.
If there is one sector that has been consistently outpeforming the market, it certainly is the technology sector. The chart in this article which represents relative strength of technology compared to the S&P500 makes that point, and no additional comments are required.
As said in our latest article Follow The Stock Market Retracement – Are You Preparing Your Shortlist? we expect the ongoing market retracement to continue but are recommending investors to closely monitor the behavior of the retracement and at which price point buyers will step in.
Meantime, smart investors should be preparing their shortlist. In which sectors? Simple, in the expected outpeforming sectors and companies, and technology is a must-have in everyone’s portfolio, as suggested by below chart.
We have studied all relative strength charts (segments compared to the S&P500) and can really say that the one below stands out compared to all other sectors.
We have consistently written about sector outperformers in the tech space. Companies like Amazon (AMZN), Veeva Systems (VEEV), Horizon Pharma (HZNP), Microsoft (MSFT) are all worth considering, depending on your risk profile. Drop us a note if you’d like to hear more.
Editor’s note: ETF investors looking for diversified technology exposure should consider the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLK). The largest tech-focused ETF with over $13 billion in assets, XLK has risen 8.78% year-to-date, versus a 4.59% gain in the benchmark S&P 500 during the same period.
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