Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a lot like books. Remember the saying "Don’t judge a book by its cover," which can be applied to so many instances? The Claymore/Sabrient Defender ETF (DEF) doesn’t provide a lot to look at yet, it is meant to perform well in down markets.

Roger Nusbaum of says not to dismiss this ETF just because it appears gimmicky.  The specifics of the methodology are proprietary, but generally DEF is rebalanced quarterly based on the prior quarter and what did well on down days.  In actuality, it let’s past quarterly performance and current events dictate it’s composition.

The sector make-up is currently financials, discretionary, and telecom. There are 100 equal-weighted stocks that re-balance every quarter. Funds deserve a chance to prove themselves before they can be dismissed.

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