Jen Ryan of Dow Jones Newswires wrote an article on using a disciplined exit strategy when investing in exchange-traded funds.  We spoke to her about the 200-day moving average.

"Lydon says he’ll keep a watchful eye on the 50-day moving average, but if the ETF moves below the 200-day average the believes it’s time to sell.  He argues that at 8% stop-loss … allows a comfortable amount of give-back.

A shorter term stop-loss, such as 5%, could be too low since markets often have a 3% to 5% correction before they move on and hit new highs, he says.

Take Japan for instance.  Over past three years the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (EWJ) … has risen more than 27%, according to Morningstar.com.  Recently, though, the ETF dropped about 6% from its highs and if it were to go below 8% Lydon says he’s prepared to sell."

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