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Is trading indices better than trading stocks?

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Is it worthwhile to do 'relative strength analysis' in terms of e.g. a FTSE 100 stock to the index itself?

Seems pointless to invest/bet on FTSE 100 stocks individually if they are just moving in the general direction of the index itself.

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Interesting point @dmedin and one I considered when transferring from individual stocks to indices.  The dual issue I experienced was the need to track individual announcements on the financial calendar on stocks and the "rising tide raises all boats" factor of central bank policy.  Better to trade the index in these crazy times as even rubbish stock seem to get a lift.  Later, when the dust settles on a crash, maybe we can get back to value investing but for now I don't see the point.

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