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An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a basket of stocks that trades onan exchange with the same simplicity and liquidity of an individualstock. By the end of 2007, 546 ETFs were trading on U.S. exchangesand some 450 were in registration. The total asset growth of ETFshas been equally impressive, doubling every year since 1994 andreaching $5.8 billion in 2007.

In Trading ETFs: Gaining an Edge with Technical Analysismoney manager Deron Wagner introduces the major types and familiesof ETFs and then provides step-by-step guidance to picking andtrading funds.

Benefits of ETFs include:

  • Exposure to equities at a lower level of risk than tradingindividual stocks
  • Lower fees
  • Access to markets that were previously difficult and expensiveto participate in, including: Government Treasury bonds,international markets, commodities and even currencies.

Unlike other books on ETFs, Wagner's strategies are based ontechnical analysis, a method of timing the market that greatlyimproves an investor's chances of predicting short and intermediateterm ETF trends.

Benefits of Wagner's approach include:

  • A 'top down' trading strategy that increases an investor's oddsof success
  • A method for identifying the strongest sector indexes
  • A method for identifying the ETF families with the greatestrelative strength

ETFs are as easy to invest in as mutual funds and they will soonbe as popular. Wagner's comprehensive catalog of the ETFs nowavailable, his insights into successful trading techniques, and hissolid research and informative examples, will be an invaluableresource for everyone trying to come up to speed on this newinvestment opportunity.

Gold Medal Winner (tie), Investing Category, Axiom BusinessBook Awards (2009)

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