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Since the October 2014 lows, the Russell 2000 (the broadest measure of the small-cap sector) has gained 18.09%.
To put it mildly, small-caps have absolutely been crushing the broader market over the last four-and-a-half months. Too bad the mainstream financial media would rather spook investors with the 'what-ifs" of what is going wrong domestically and abroad.
Speaking of media coverage...
Remember back in September 2014 when the Internet and every major financial network was stumbling all over themselves to spell the end for small-caps because the Russell 2000 had just experienced the dreaded "Death Cross," a technical condition that occurs when the 50-day simple moving average crosses below the 200-day simple moving average?
I wrote an article at that time dissecting the truth behind the small-cap Death Cross.
And the verdict?
A whole bunch of hooey!
Investors who "short" the Russell 2000 during a Death Cross condition experience a dismal 25% winning percentage and an average return of a 0.97% loss.
A new cybersecurity ETF debuted last week that gives investors a fresh way to profit from the need to protect U.S. businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches.
The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the apt ticker "HACK."