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May 13 2013 - Top 5 #1 Ranked Technology Mutual Funds by Zacks Investment Research
More often than not the technology sector is likely to report above par earnings than other sectors as the demand for technology and innovation remains high. However, technology stocks are considered to be more volatile than other sector specific stocks in the short run. In order to minimize this short term volatility almost all tech funds adopt a growth management style with a focus on strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment horizon. Investors having an above par appetite for risk and fairly longer investment horizon should park their savings in these funds.
Below we will share with you 5 top rated technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all technology funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
Goldman Sachs Technology Tollkeeper A ( GITAX ) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests a large share of its assets in equity securities of in equity securities of Tollkeeper companies. Generally, the fund purchases domestic securities. The technology mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 11.42%.
The fund manager is Jeffrey Rabinowitz and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2011.
Northern Technology ( NTCHX ) invests capital growth over the long term. The fund invests the majority of its assets in companies whose principal operations are conducted in the technology sector. It may invest heavily in IPOs. The technology mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 8.73%.
As of March 2013, this technology mutual fund held 64 issues, with 7.12% of its total assets invested in Google, Inc. Class A.
Dreyfus Technology Growth A ( DTGRX ) seeks capital growth. The fund invests in securities of technology companies which have high earnings growth prospects. A maximum of 25% of its assets may be utilized to purchase foreign securities. The technology mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 9.00%.
The technology fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.45% compared to a category average of 1.60%.
T. Rowe Price Global Technology ( PRGTX ) invests the majority of its assets in companies which expect to derive a large proportion of their revenues from the development and application of technology. The fund invests at least 30% of its assets in both mature and developing foreign markets. The technology mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 13.34%.
The fund manager is David J. Eiswert and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2008.
Black Oak Emerging Technology ( BOGSX ) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests a large share of its assets in equity securities of those firms that are expected to emerge as market leaders in the technology sector. The technology mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 8.40%.
The technology fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.35% compared to a category average of 1.60%.
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May 01 2013 - Top 3 Technical Tools Part 3: MACD Moving Average Convergence Divergence by Elliottwave International
"Guessing or going by gut instinct won't work over the long run. If you don't have a defined trading methodology, then you don't have a way to know what constitutes a buy or sell signal. Moreover, you can't even consistently correctly identify the trend." - Jeffrey Kennedy
Jeffrey Kennedy is an accomplished teacher and a Senior Analyst here at EWI. Yet he often says that the Wave Principle alone is not a trading methodology. It does not tell you how much trading capital you can afford to risk, or specific guidance about which entry or exit levels are best suited for your trading style or where to set your protective stop.
Kennedy also says that along with risk management and emotional discipline, the right technical tools are a vitally important part of supporting your wave count.
To enhance trading confidence, Jeffrey's 3 favorite technical tools are Japanese candlesticks, RSI, and MACD. (read Part 1 on Japanese Candlesticks and Part 2 on RSI ). Today's lesson shows you how MACD can help identify trading opportunities with an example from USDCAD.
This 2-minute video and overview of MACD are adapted from Jeffrey's Elliott Wave Junctures educational service (which empowers subscribers with information on nearly every aspect of trading. Try it risk-free for 30-days >>
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) is a momentum indicator developed by Gerald Appel. It consists of two exponential moving averages, the MACD line and Signal line. The difference between these two lines yields an additional indicator, MACD Histogram.
Since these studies evaluate momentum, they work optimally in trending markets. When combined with reversal candlestick patterns, MACD and MACD Histogram can increase confidence in these patterns as well as continuation of the larger trend.
MACD divergence occurs when prices move one way and MACD moves the other. Bearish divergence forms when prices make new highs and MACD does not. Conversely, new price lows without lower MACD readings is bullish divergence. These conditions aid traders in identifying potential changes in momentum and trend.
MACD is constructed using two lines referred to as the MACD line and the Signal line.
When the MACD line appears to penetrate the Signal line, but fails to do so, a hook forms. The significance of a hook is that it coincides with countertrend price moves.
MACD is excellent technical tool provided you know how to use it and what to look for.
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April 24, 2013 - Top 3 Technical Tools Part 2: Relative Strength Index (RSI) by Elliottwave International
"There are many different forms of technical analysis. A completed Elliott wave pattern supported by additional evidence allows for more confident forecasts and higher probability trades." - Jeffrey Kennedy
Trader and technical analyst Jeffrey Kennedy has more than 25 years of experience using with the Elliott Wave Principle. To support his Elliott wave analysis, Jeffrey says that his 3 favorite technical tools are Relative Strength Index (RSI), MACD, and Japanese candlesticks.
This 3-part series includes Jeffrey's practical lessons and proven techniques to support his wave counts (read Part 1 here >>). Today's video clip shows you how RSI and range rules can help identify trading opportunities: Part 3 will cover MACD.
Jeffrey's second lesson, excerpted from his Elliott Wave Junctures educational service, gives an overview of RSI followed by a video example.
Buying pullbacks in uptrends and selling bounces in downtrends are great ways to trade trending markets.
Developed by J. Welles Wilder, Jr. and presented in his 1978 book, "New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems," RSI measures the strength of a trading vehicle by monitoring changes in closing prices and is considered a leading or coincident indicator. Andrew Cardwell popularized RSI as a trading tool by introducing the concept of range rules.
The theory behind range rules is that countertrend price action in trending markets has specific momentum signatures. RSI, for example will find support within roughly the 50-40 region when pullbacks in uptrends occur. Conversely, when bounces develop in downtrends, RSI will meet resistance in the 50-60 area.
Taking the path of least resistance is a benefit of trading in the direction of the trend. Moreover, the use of RSI and application of Andrew Cardwell's range rules help identify when a trader can rejoin the trend.
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