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…

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  • Wheelalignmentshop 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.

  • NormSV650 NormSV650 on May 13, 2011

    Backed by the Government, how could you go wrong?

  • Johnster Not feelin' it. The traditional unreliability of turbo engines is a big turn-off, especially in a work truck that (I hope) you'd want to keep on the road for 200,000 miles or more without having major repairs.
  • ToolGuy Car audio is way overpriced.
  • Marty S The original Charger was a 2 door, as was the landmark 68 model. Its funny that some younger commenters are surprised that its not a four door. I never understood why modern Chargers have been four door sedans. I think the best looking Charger was the 68, absolutely perfect in its lines and proportions. This concept really emulates that and I think I think it looks great.
  • Master Baiter The D-bag elites like Al Gore demanding that we all switch to EVs are the type of people who don't actually drive. They get chauffeured around in black Yukon Denalis. Tesla does have a good charging network--maybe someday they will produce a car that doesn't suck.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird As a Challenger GT awd owner I lIke it’s heritage inspired styling a lot. There’s a lot of 66-67 as well as 68-70 Charger in there. It’s refreshing that it doesn’t look like a blob like Tesla, Volt/Bolt, Mach-e BMW I whatever etc. The fact that it’s a hatch makes it even better as a everyday driver thus eliminating the need for a CUV. If it’s well built and has a reliable track record I can see trading up to it in a few years.