When it comes to investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs), having a strategy can be the difference between having a winning year and a losing one.

Successful  investing is hard work and takes a lot of time and discipline.  Additionally, many investors have a normal range of profits and losses, and by staying in this range they don’t enable themselves to “win big,” states Jeff Saut of Minyanville.

Saut notes that emotional actions are failures, most of the time. What you need to do, especially in investing, is to remain totally objective. Easier said than done!

For this reason, we suggest using the trend following method, which will enable one to get in on any potential long-term uptrend without having to worry about staying in a certain profit/loss range. When the trend is over, you employ stop losses in order to protect yourself on the downside.

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