July 9, 5:00 pm EST
We’ve talked about the glaring lag in the performance of blue chip stocks coming out of this recent stock market correction. This is creating a huge opportunity to buy the Dow, now.
With all of the complexities you can make of investing, this one is simple. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrials Index is down on the year (as of this morning). The Nasdaq is up 13% on the year. Small caps (the Russell 2000) is up 11%.
And we’re in an economy that’s running at better than 3% growth, with low inflation, ultra-low rates, and corporate earnings growing at 20% year-over-year. With this formula, and yet a tame P/E multiple on stocks, we’ll probably see stocks up double digits before the year is over. Meanwhile, we are already in July, and the DJIA — the most important benchmark stock index for global markets – is starting from near zero.
You may be thinking the boring “industrials” average is out-dated, and flat for a reason. But as far as the makeup of the indices is concerned: The index curators will shuffle the constituents to ensure that the biggest, best performing companies are in it. Bad stocks get kicked out. Good stocks get added. And, to be sure, your retirement money will be methodically plowed into it (the benchmark indices) every month by Wall Street investment professionals.
Bottom line: The DJIA is presenting a gift here to invest, at a discount, in an economy that’s heating up. And you get this chart, which we’ve been watching in recent weeks. This big trend line has held, and so has the 200-day moving average.
How do you buy it? Your financial advisor will put you into mutual funds with big sales loads and fees in attempt to track the Dow. But you can buy an ETF that tracks the Dow for as little as 17 basis points (example: symbol DIA, the SPDR DJIA ETF). This Dow looks like low hanging fruit.