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Investing Wisely - Software (IGV) - ETF: Forecasts / Confirmations = Results!

It is Really Quite Simple - F (plus) C (equals) R!

Investing Wisely - IGV: Forecasts + Confirmations = Results!

It begins with Accurate Forecasting and Analytic Procedures that produce consistent profits, then it requires Well Honed Fundamental, Technical and Consensus Opinion -- Confirmations, and it nearly always ends with Profitable - Results. (F + C = R !)

My most recent series of articles, posted here in SafeHaven.com are: BJK, IAI, IAT, IGV, KOL, XAR, XBI, XES, XHB, XME, XOP, XPH, and XSD. These are my High Profile / Bellwether ETFs that I primarily use in my work / analytics. (To view my 20-Year Charts of the above symbols - Click on the Symbol).

ETFs Provide Guidance

Analytics of a number of Bellwether ETFs provides very clear Guidance when I go about selecting a Company to Buy or to Short. For me it is a special kind of Sector or Industry Groups that supposedly the Fund Manager believes his or her selection of Companies will out-perform the competition. There is also very good information available about the component Companies (Comparative Analytics) in the portfolio of the ETF. There are sometimes advantages of Buying the (Regular) ETF if you are Bullish - or - perhaps Buying the (Inverse) ETF, when available, if you are Bearish. I spend a great deal of time studying many more ETFs than the above 13 that I write these articles about.

Note I - for the above ETFs: a) These are NOT necessarily my current favorite ETFs to recommend for Buying or Shorting to my Clients! There are often other ETFs that have a much better - Risk to Reward Ratio and Profit Projections. b) These ETFs are all supposedly made up with the Component Companies from the Software Industry Group. c) Remember, there are always the most favorable and least favorable Component Companies to consider Buying or Shorting within a ETF or the entire Sector or Industry Group. d) To Plug Into my Work / Analytics -- Please read or re-read "My Rotation Model". It is all about identifying the most favorable Companies and ETFs to Buy and identifying the least favorable Companies and ETFs to Short during the respective Bullish Cycles and Bearish Cycles of the General Market and that particular Company or ETF. There are always the more favorable Companies as well as the least favorable Companies on my lists for Buying in Bullish Cycles and for Shorting in Bearish Cycles of the General Stock Market. e) You also might also want to read or re-read "My Methodology". f) Risk and Reward Can Be Calculated. I do this work / analytics on every Company and ETF because it almost totally mitigates the Risk of Investing. You might want to read my views on Risk / Reward.

Professors, F + C = R - Forecast / Opinion of: Software (IGV): (November 10th.)

"My near-term (1 week - 1 month) to short-term (1month to 3 months) Forecast is that this Software ETF has been Appreciating nicely along with the Marketplace, but turned flat for the past several months. The foreseeable appreciation picture for this Software ETF is not nearly as bright as most financial analysts are publishing. After a possible mini-rally I would expect it to enter a pull-back phase. It will require a couple or more weeks before this ETF will be in sync with the above Formula and "My Methodology" for "Investing Wisely."

At the current price of $60.00 it is getting ready for another Pull Back after a possible mini-rally.

This is a Warning that will not be "Confirmed" other than privately via Email. I do not Publicly provide my "Conformations" for Bearish Warnings.

Here is a list of many of the Components for: iShare North Amer. Tech-Software (IGV):


Note II: I would like to reiterate that this list of Software - Regional has and always will have a Quantitative List of the most favorable and least favorable Companies from which to consider "Investing Wisely." Second, the Risk and Reward of investing can be Accurately Calculated for each Company. Your annual Bottom Line can be improved and your Risk of Investment can be lowered. I hope you will permit me to help in that quest for profit.

My most current "Report Card" is definitely does not present a Bullish foreseeable future. (see below).

May I suggest that it is most important for you to understand that my work / analytics is based on "My Methodology" that focuses on three key aspects of analytics. The first and primary is Fundamental - Valuation and the second is Inflection Point - Technical analysis and lastly I also have a long look at Consensus Opinion. These are all weighted - Rankings relative to all my Bullish and Bearish Recommendations to my Clients.

To graphically follow my General Market (Indice) Inflection Point (Technical) analysis, please use this URL: http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=$INDU&p=W&yr=1&mn=6&dy=0&id=p50720233760&a=270034212

This comparative General Market Indicator may be the best I have ever seen!

Note III: Buying Companies or ETFs that are not in sync with my fundamental valuations and technical price movement, for me, is just plain foolish as well as expensive. You just might want to "plug in" to my work / analytics, just a bit more.

If you are interested in privately receiving my on going Forecasts for any of the above Symbols or perhaps your current holdings - just send me a request by Email. I will have a couple of questions for you but promise to reply with my best guidance.

Charts for Software - ETF

My below two charts also tell the Technical story of the future direction of the Software Industry Group very clearly.

Please understand that my Technical Analysis work is always supported by my Fundamental - Valuation of all the Industry Groups in my universe of (over 300!).

This Software is not an ETF to Buy at this time. My Technical analytics is provided so you will perhaps have a better understanding of my logo of - Investing Wisely.

Two-Year Chart: Software ETF (IGV) with a Compare of the S&P (SPY)

2-Year Chart: Software ETF (IGV) with a Compare of the S&P (SPY)

IGV and SPY are very nicely in sync. However, IGV is clearly looking vulnerable to a pull back.

Five-Year Chart: Software ETF (IGV) with a Compare of the S&P (SPY)

5-Year Chart: Software ETF (IGV) with a Compare of the S&P (SPY)
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You will quickly note that the Software ETF (IGV) has over the longer-term been in sync wit the S&P - 500 (SPY). This is "Investing Wisely."

Notes: A Forecast is just that, an opinion based on the fundamental - valuation, technical charts and consensus opinion this is on data as well as the information that is available at the time of publishing an article. It is the "Confirmation" of that Forecast that is most important! It provided Confirmed Timing and is very accurate.

The single factor that can upset and therefore delay a very good Forecast is the News. News however, is only a delay in the Bullish or Bearish direction of a given Forecast. That is why it is important to stay with the facts and real data and not be influenced by outside and temporal flows of media and other misguided information.

Each week I intend on featuring another of the above ETFs for your consideration. I am sorry that cannot possible keep a weekly update for you.

If you would like my most current thoughts on this or another company or ETF, please contact me by Email. (Serious investors only - Please!)

My Forecast Summary (for all the above) 13 Select ETFs

Forecast Summary 13 Select ETFs
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Notes for the above Table: Alerts / Warnings have three levels of strength: Level #1 is an initial Alert / Warning to be preparing to Buy or Sell that security. Level #2 is offering more guidance that my Alert / Warning is getting serious. Level #3 is when I have determined that I will use my specific "Technical" skills to determine - "When" - to terminate my positions in that security.

Important Caveat for - My Forecasts and Opinions:

Forecasts and Opinions

Forecasts: I am currently Forecasting a pull back for this Software ETF. I must use the following explanation to qualify the "When" the pull back will actually begin. It (the "When" of a Forecast of a pull back or a rally) is always dependent and pending on much more data from my "Confirmations" procedures). (please see below for my definition / explanation of "Confirmations").

On any given date it is easy for me to accurately determine a short or long-term trend. It is not all that easy to "Pin Point" the "When" a new Bullish or Bearish Inflection Point will occur for an ETF or a specific Company.

Understand I write these articles several times per week for my financial blogs and other Advisory Consulting and Individual Clients. And, it is a fact that the combined Bullish and Bearish Inflection Points (historically) only occur 3 - 5 times per year. In other words there are specific time-zone / frames that investing is prudent. The rest of the time you should be Holding securities or in partial or total Cash.

Software ETF is a near-perfect example: I am Forecasting yet another Bearish Inflection Point. It (Software) may have (that) Bearish Inflection Point in the next a number of days or the Bearish Inflection Point may not occur for several more week. I can Forecast, with high probability the Inflection Point is in the making, but I need my very reliable "Confirmations" to tell me "When" the next Bullish or Bearish Infection Point occurs for the General Market, Sector, Industry Group, Company or any ETF. You might what to test this remark in more detail with me?

I Email my Clients on the day my "Confirmations" have all kicked- in and make specific formal (low risk) security recommendations tailored to their financial (needs, goals and objectives). Remember - Those Events occurs just / only 3 - 5 times per year. Projected profits for all my recommendations are always a minimum of 15% per security per recommendation for Buying or Short Selling. During time frames when I am not Recommending or Holding securities, I recommend Cash, Patience and one-on one Communications with me.

I hope you will want to Email me with your questions and thoughts about this Caveat and my procedures for guidance in making both You an my Clients - consistent annual profits.

I Love Confirmations

Confirmations - Defined: "Confirmations" occur "When" about a dozen of my special fundamental "Valuation" models and technical chart "Configurations" - kick-in.

Often the (waiting process) requires much Discipline and Patience for making Wise Investment decisions. I can easily anticipate a "Confirmation" kicking in. Unfortunately - It just does not often happen as expected!

That Advice, in a nut-shell, is the incredible value of my "Confirmations." And is "Why" -- I Love Confirmations.

Results ( Profits ): Consistent Profitable Results, like most important things in life, comes after doing hard and conscientious work / analytics for many years. I would add to that those years - experience certainly helps!

If you are seeking Consistent Annual Results ( Profits ) in your Portfolio(s) - You may want to Visit with me. There are No - Short-Cuts, Systems, or Gimmicks that do the job, despite what you "Read" in Blogs / Media and are "Sold" by Wall Street. Nothing will ever replace - Hard Work and Experience!

Report Card on Software - (November 10th.)

/ Symbol
Fundamental -
weighting (40%)
Technical -
weighting (35%)
Consensus Opinion -
weighting (25%)
Financial Analysts are
ALWAYs WAY TOO Bullish...
Report Card -
Grade & Direction:

(0 - 100 / A - F). The Security
(ETF) is either --
Flat / Ascending or Descending.
Software -- (IGV) Good Good Good 78 / C --- Flat

My weighted Fundamental, Technical and Consensus Opinion ratings range from Excellent to Very Poor. Grades below 90 / "A" are not current (never are) Candidates for Buying. Grades above 60 / "F" are not current (never are) Candidates for Short Selling.

Information and Data are ever changing, so "be alert." Every Company / ETF "Grade" can move from a neutral grade (59 to 89 / "D" to "B") to a Buy (greater than 90) - or - a Short Sale (less than 60) in a very short time. This is my on going Work / Analytics and I have loved it for over 50 years.

Do not Buy or Short this Software ETF or It's Components without first talking with a very well seasoned financial analyst or perhaps visiting with me via Email.

I am the guy who wrote the 38 Weekly Courses on Investment Basics. See the link on the right column (side-bar) of SafeHaven.com - Home Page or go to my name under Authors.

General Market - Where are We and Where are we Going?

My "Fundamentals" are Over-Valued. My "Technicals" are Over-Bought. My "Consensus Opinions" are much too Bullish. "Interest and Dividends" are on the Rise. "Insiders" are SELLING their shares. The "Economy in the U.S. and World" is in much more peril than is being reported by the media. Hum!

Buy, Sell, Hold

If you want to "Roll the Dice" rather than plug into "My Methodology" of "Investing Wisely" - that of course is your choice. You now have 13 Select Companies (My High Profile / Bellwether Companies) and a second weekly series of 13 Select ETFs to monitor my Forecasts for Accuracy.

I believe my recent article on Performance, as well as these Company and ETF articles supports "My Methodology" and Professional Services very well. Please Click on Performance for a look at my "Results."

I continue to be Bearish on the General Market and the Economy for the foreseeable future.

I will keep you posted Weekly ...


Accuracy Is What It Is All About

Conservative Guidance, Direction and Forecasts is what Blog Authors, Financial Analysts and Asset Managers (Professionals) are paid, very well, to do specifically for you and your families - Financial (Needs, Goals and Objectives).

Consistent Accuracy is why I publish these articles for your evaluation of my skills. I believe 50 years of experience will give you reason to find my work very much worth your time and hopefully I can assist you towards consistent Profitability in the Management of your Portfolio(s).

May I invite you to open an Email Dialog with me?

My Email Address is: senorstevedrmx@yahoo.com

Thanks for permitting me to share my "stuff."

I would appreciate your Telling a Friend or Two about my postings here in SafeHaven.com. It is by far the best financial blog on the web.

Growing my Botique Asset Manage Services is a process of developing trust and confidence with you over time. I invite your questions and thoughts.

Smile, Have Fun - "Investing Wisely",


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