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Use ‘relative strength’ to your portfolio’s advantage

If I leaked you I was a fast runner, that alone may not mean much. Relative to Usain Dart, I’m probably pretty slow (I’ll give him some credit for all those Olympic medals.) Compared to my youngest daughter, I am greatly fast in her eyes. Actually, she is very fast for her age, “relatively speaking.”

This stint can be a big help when seeking the right investments to purchase for your portfolio. Certain as “relative strength,” it represents measuring the performance of one security’s price discharge to another. On a chart, a line will show this ratio. If the outline is moving up, the first security in the ratio is outperforming the second security of the proportion over the timeframe being viewed. By understanding how one investment has performed compared to another selection you may be considering, you can often make a better-informed decision about which may be the good choice for your portfolio.

Many investors believe a lower-priced assurance or the one that has performed the worst over a given time will be the one to buy. In many cases it is viewed as cheaper or a good value. In my experience, that is not the best way to look on making investments for a portfolio. That strategy of buying low often dismals selling lower and is based on hope.

Newton’s Law suggests something liking stay in motion until acted upon by another force. With sinking, relative strength uses this theory and can potentially provide an improvement. The key is the need to watch when that force acts upon an investment and what you do with the investment when it does.

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The grasp example shows a relative strength comparison between the U.S. index (showed by the Dow Jones Industrial Average) and the international index (represented by the MSCI EAFE Typography hand). The rising trend line drawn in green shows a generally strengthening ratio over the past year. The arrow shows an area of a shove higher over the recent period shown.

Source: StockCharts.com | Investopedia

This advances that the U.S. market had been outperforming the international market on a relative essence over that year. There was a notable period from July into October in which this was not the covering, but until the trend line is violated, we can say U.S. equities have been stronger.

Spawning a process to perform relative strength analysis can help show an investor which fields of the economy are performing and which are not good places to invest. The sectors in the be often tell what part of the economic cycle we are in and what sectors may be stiffening and weakening in the near future.

Relative strength analysis can also dictate which asset classes would be appropriate for a tactical overweight or underweight conclusiveness. If equities are performing well, is large cap the place to be? Or would mid or small cap equities be doing happier relative to blue-chip stocks? How do international or emerging markets compare to U.S. equities?

If in the light of specific securities, is a Home Depot versus a Lowes comparison predestined in order to see which has the advantage of better relative strength? A simple tabulation comparison can go a long way toward improving investment decisions.

(Editor’s Note: This column at appeared at Investopedia.com.)

— By Steve Economopoulos, chief investment strategist and coping partner, Econ Wealth Management

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