I’ve been writing about investments for almost 20 years. And yet I may have just stumbled across the stupidest piece of financial advice yet. According to the headlines: “MATANA is the new FAANG!”

And what, pray tell, is MATANA?

It’s not a curved Japanese samurai sword. That’s “katana” with a “k.” Though recommending you buy a collection of antique weapons might be more sensible advice.

Nor is it Montana. Though buying a bunker in that faraway state to escape this nonsense also sounds like solid advice.

No, MATANA is the new investing acronym de jour. It stands for:

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).
  • Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).
  • Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA).
  • Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL).
  • Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA).
  • Acom Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN).

And yes, it is designed to replace the now-defunct FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) now that Meta Platforms Inc. (Nasdaq: META), aka Facebook, and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) have fallen out of favor.

Let’s start with the obvious here. An acronym is not an investment strategy. It’s glitzy PR designed to generate buzz.

And to that end, it works.

We’ve Seen This Before…

Remember BRIC? That was a trendy investment theme back in the mid-2000s. It stood for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Later, an “S” was added to the end for South Africa, making it BRICS.

These countries had nothing in common, other than that the fact they were developing and enjoying bull markets, along with most emerging markets.

At the time:

  • China was a manufacturing economy.
  • India’s economy focused on services.
  • Brazil and South Africa were commodity-based economies.
  • And Russia was a petrostate.

There was no strategy here … and no rationale for excluding other promising emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

It was never a coherent strategy. But it did sell exchange-traded funds!

Nothing but a Name

FAANG, at the height of its popularity, also never made sense:

  • Apple was a hardware company.
  • Facebook and Google were social media/internet companies.
  • Netflix focused on entertainment.
  • And Amazon was a retailer with a growing cloud computing business.

There was no overriding investment theme here. They just happened to all be mega-cap growth stocks enjoying a good run at the same time. Their names combined to make a cool — and marketable — acronym.

And MATANA … really?! Adding Microsoft, Tesla and Nvidia somehow makes this a more coherent strategy?

There is nothing wrong with buying any of these stocks, by the way. I certainly have, and some are at least worth watching, according to our Stock Power Ratings system.

TSLA MSFT rating

Click here for a full breakdown of TSLA’s rating. Click here for MSFT’s breakdown.

But buying stocks based on a marketing acronym is no way to invest. You have no rationale for buying other than the snazzy name.

Even worse, you have no clear indication of when to sell. There’s no exit strategy in a cutesy name game.

So don’t play with “strategies” like MATANA.

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Now, back to scouring eBay for katanas to defend myself in the future zombie apocalypse from my Montana bunker (I kid, I kid).

To safe profits,

Charles Sizemore_Sig

Charles Sizemore, Co-Editor, Green Zone Fortunes

Charles Sizemore is the co-editor of Green Zone Fortunes and specializes in income and retirement topics. He is also a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.