Hans Wagner


After beginning to invest in high school, Hans Wagner retired at 55, having gained a very good understanding how the indivual investor can succeed. I share that experience with others, so they can achieve financial independence as well. Our model portfolios at http://www.tradingonlinemarkets.com have beat the market every year.



Five Steps to Build a Sector Based ETF Portfolio by Hans Wagner

A sector based Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) portfolio offers investors a lower risk way to participate in the cyclical nature of the economy and the market. ETFs offer investors a way to reduce their risk by diversifying their individual stock exposure. Sector rotation is an investing strategy that seeks to buy and own ETFs that hold shares of companies in industries that should outperform the market. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of a sector based ETF portfolio, here are five steps to you should you take. By following these steps, you will build a sector-based portfolio with ETFs that should generate high returns and help you sleep well at night... READ MORE


Why Use Traded Fund or ETF's in Your Securities Portfolio by Hans Wagner

An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) offers many benefits to investors seeking to build a growing portfolio. If you are looking for ways to build, or rebuild you investment portfolio, ETF’s should be high on your list. ETF’s are a basket of securities that track an index that measures a segment of the economy or the market. As their name implies, an Exchange Traded Fund trades like a stock on a stock exchange. For example, you can own all the shares in the S&P 500 index through an ETF. State Street has created the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) Exchange Traded Fund that mirrors the S&P 500 index. This ETF security gives you the ability to own a piece of the S&P 500... READ MORE


Smart Grid Investing Opportunities Might Soar by Hans Wagner

With the likely passage of the “Cap and Trade” bill, many investors are jumping on the renewable energy bandwagon. And why not. With the government about to mandate a cap-and-trade program that will drive up the cost of electricity, there are many new opportunities to capitalize on the flow of investment dollars from public and private sources. They also are looking for investment opportunities through stocks of smart grid companies.

This head long push into alternative power generation is causing investors to take a new look at the old electrical grid system. While there have been attempts to move to a market based power generation system, most of these efforts have failed to achieve their original goals... READ MORE


Growth at a reasonable Price (GARP) Investing by Hans Wagner

Growth at a reasonable price (GARP) investing seeks to find companies that have strong earnings growth at a good price. GARP investing blends growth and value to create a better way to invest. How does it work? As defined by Investopedia, “value investing is the strategy of selecting stocks that trade for less than their intrinsic value. Value investors actively seek stocks of companies that they believe the market has undervalued. They believe the markets overreact to good and bad news, causing stock price movements that do not correspond with the company’s long-term fundamentals. The result is an opportunity for value investors to profit by buying when the price is deflated... READ MORE


Bear market Strategies for IRA Investors by Hans Wagner

Investing in a bear market presents new challenges for conservative investors. No one wants to loose money. Fortunately, there are safe strategies for conservative investors to continue to invest their money. This conservative investment idea is designed to save your IRA from experiencing losses during a bear market. In addition, it helps to position you for the recovery in the stock market once it begins. When investing your IRA portfolios during a bear market the best strategy is to stay in cash, use income investments, and/or be short. In a bear market, I divide my IRA portfolio into three segments, not necessarily equal. My objective is to preserve my capital until the market turns around with a secondary objective to make some money... READ MORE