The Daily Decision for 9.21.17 - Leaders Up +15.6% YTD

TODAY'S PORTFOLIO REVIEW:

LEADERS Model: The LEADERS model currently holds positions in the Technology, Financial, and Industrial sectors. As for performance, we continue to be pleased as the LEADERS model is up +15.6% ytd compared to 12.0% for S&P 500.

P.S. With the Fed finally embarking on QT, we would use any weakness in financials to add to positions.

CORE EXPOSURE Model: Today's CORE model's exposure is more in line with the current target at 90% vs. 80%. As we've been saying, we believe our strategy to "do less" and stay in tune with the overall market trend continues to be appropriate.

TRADING Model: We currently hold trades in the India Small Caps, Eurozone, a dividend-payer ETF, and the emerging markets.

How To Use the DDTS Models: We trade the 3 models independently to allow for the models to be used on a standalone basis. If we were forced to utilize just one model, we would select the LEADERS for growth orientation, the CORE for a more conservative, risk managed approach, and the TRADING model for an opportunistic "value-add" trading approach.



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Current Portfolio Summary
The LEADERS Model

Position
Target
Exposure
ETF
Symbol
% of
Model
Date
Purchased
Purchase
Price
Current
Rating
Technology Select Sector SPDR 33.4% XLK 33.4% 12.1.16 $46.64 Buy
Financial Select Sector SPDR 33.3% XLF 33.3% 8.14.17 $25.07 Buy
Industrial Select Sector SPDR 33.3% XLI 33.3% 8.14.17 $68.58 Buy
The CORE EXPOSURE Model

Position
Target
Exposure
ETF
Symbol
% of
Model
Date
Purchased
Purchase
Price
Current
Rating
ProShares UltraPro S&P (3X) 90% UPRO 30.00% Various $98.78 Buy
The TRADING Model

Position
Target
Exposure
ETF
Symbol
% of
Model
Date
Purchased
Purchase
Price
Current
Rating
iShares Eurozone ETF 20% EZU 20% 5.11.17 $40.25 Buy
First Trust Value Line Dividend Fund 20% FVD 20% 5.11.17 $28.88 ...
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