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There's an under-the-radar reason why the stock market keeps rallying despite some mediocre economic numbers, constant "noise" out of Washington, and plenty of overheated valuations.
And while it's a bit hidden, it's huge.
In fact, it owned 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter.
And it keeps gobbling things up.
It bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of the year – and that puts it on pace to surpass its total purchases for 2015 and '16 combined.
I'm talking about exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Main Street investors' big appetite for passive investments.
Those investors keep putting more money into funds they can then forget about – and the market keeps rising.
Now, you could join them and buy some passive index funds.
But that's not what we do here. We're in search of investments on the frontier – ones that will double, triple… even quadruple our money.
So let's get active and go in search of three ETFs that will get us to that frontier.
All three will continue to double the market's return – and line your pockets – for years to come…
While we're active stock pickers at Strategic Tech Investor, I do recommend making several tech ETFs part of your core holdings because they target the most profitable trends and give you instant diversification.
Plus, they take advantage of the fact that tech remains one of the big drivers in this bull market that began in March 2009. Even though we do see the sector come under pressure from time to time, as it did again a couple of weeks ago, technology remains the best place to make life-changing gains.
And to get yourself on the Road to Wealth…
Again, I'm not saying you should avoid individual stocks. We use ETFs to provide a solid base so that you can focus on the big winners among individual tech shares.
That's where my two paid services come into play. We just closed the books on the second quarter and totally crushed the market.
During the period, the S&P 500 gained 2.6%. But readers at my Nova-X Report more than tripled that, with an average gain of 8.1%. Members of my Radical Technology Profits premium service did even better. They earned an average 12.9% return, beating the broad market by just shy of fivefold.
Several stocks at each service did even better than that, with some climbing 30% or more in just three months.
Now, let's make sure you add to your foundational holdings by taking advantage of the big upsurge we see in ETF investing.
But let's do so actively.
I've come up with three that are focused on high tech and that have great returns and very low overhead – they pass all three of my ETF Profit Screens. That means your profits won't get eaten by expenses.
If you ever thought ETFs couldn't get you to the frontier – think again.
Take a look at these three…
Frontier ETF No. 1
The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSE Arca: XSD) is a great play on a very basic fact – our tech-driven world needs chips for just about everything, from smartphones and connected cars to Wi-Fi routers and data centers.
Add in the Internet of Everything, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence – and you can see we're looking at strong demand for years to come.
With XSD, we get to invest in roughly 50 firms covering nearly every aspect of the chip sector.
Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) makes advanced graphics processors now being used in connected cars, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. And Integrated Device Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: IDTI) is a small-cap firm that sells sophisticated computer memory systems to the wireless industry.
No wonder XSD is such a strong performer. Over the past year, it has soared roughly 41%, more than double the gains of the S&P 500. XSD trades at $62, with an expense ratio of 0.35%.
Frontier ETF No. 2
Holding more than 40 stocks, First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index (NYSE Arca: FDN) is set up to take advantage of the broad changes occurring in the Internet industry, including a nice sub-focus on e-commerce.
Plus, FDN holds web "pick-and-shovel plays" like Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), which supplies Ethernet switches to homes, businesses, and Internet service providers.
For the year ended June 30, FDN is up roughly 31%, right at double the gains of the S&P 500. It trades at roughly $94 and has a 0.54% expense ratio.
Frontier ETF No. 3
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.