We can use this space to boast sometimes because we face the music monthly on the performance of our ratings. The May files have been posted and today we’ll cover the ETFGsm Green Diamond Reward Ratings under the Analytics button. We segregate the selections by number of Diamonds and the 10s are comprised of one equity ETF each day. Beginning with our inception on July 2, 2012, there have been 186 trading days through April 1, 2013 which is the latest day for which we have one month performance as of April 30 (we use a 21 trading day month).
Typically, the 10s beat the 9s which beat the 8s ahead of the 7s but this month reflects the dramatic decline in the Market Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX) which was the 10 Green Diamond fund on 13 unlucky days in 2013 and has skewed the averages down. We hope you all used stops on it but the numbers are the numbers. The outperformance versus the S&P 500 has also closed from its huge gap at the beginning of the year as the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has scored 9 Green Diamonds or better more than two thirds of the year and never below 8 in 2013. Readers of this space are well aware of the many other US broad market funds across various market caps that have also populated the upper ranks and their charts look similar to the S&P 500’s beautiful run. We miss the triple digit outperformance but are happy to be keeping you in the best areas of the global equity markets.