Want To Own The Auto Industry? Now You Can…
There’s an old saying that goes something like: “money talks and bullshit walks.” We don’t necessarily subscribe to it completely here at TTAC, where words pay the bills, but you have to admit that no amount of talk could make the same impact as news that GM’s CEO Dan Akerson has dropped nearly $1m of his own money on GM’s underperforming stock. I bring this up because, for the first time ever, you can now buy CARZ, which in addition to being an awful Sir Mix-A-Lot song is the first-ever auto industry index fund. Specifically:
CARZ is designed to track a basket of reputable car makers in the United States and rest of the globe. The fund’s 30 holdings present as a who’s who of the car industry, with Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota comprising the top five positions. Together, these and the rest of CARZ’s top 10 holdings represent close to 60% of its assets
But, while it’s one thing for a CEO to bet on his own company (or anyone to bet on any company they believe in), investing in the industry at large is a very different gamble. Which raises an interesting question: having destroyed billions of dollars of value in recent decades, and proved itself to be vulnerable to all kinds of unpredictable events in the shorter term (think: recalls, credit crunches and and tsunamis), is the auto industry as a whole really worth gambling on? I’m not sure I’m entirely convinced…
Wheelalignmentshop on May 13, 2011
I guess it's designed for the long term minded investor. And frankly the hope to draw more investors on main street into the investment world. It seems to me there is a trend toward this kind of "basket" fund in the investment community because it's hope to mitigate losses. The truth is most of us on main street think the whole investment community is rigged against us in the first place. So for me it's a no go.
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