An Easy Way to Buy the Same Stocks Congress Members Invest In

Advertising Disclosure: When you buy something by clicking links on our site, we may earn a small commission, but it never affects the products or services we recommend.

Nancy Pelosi
Michael Candelori /

Have you always wanted to invest like a member of Congress?

Yes, trusting in the judgment of U.S. senators and representatives about anything strikes us as a little strange, too. However, not everyone agrees.

And soon, two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may allow you to mirror the stock trades of D.C. insiders, according to a Sept. 15 regulatory filing, Bloomberg reports.

The ETFs would be constructed to mimic the personal portfolios of members of Congress, based on the financial disclosures that federal elected officials must make. They are:

  • The Unusual Whales Subversive Democratic Trading ETF (ticker symbol NANC)
  • The Unusual Whales Subversive Republican Trading ETF (KRUZ)

The funds will consist of hundreds of holdings, which will be bought and sold based on the moves members of Congress make with their investments.

According to Bloomberg:

“The proposed funds would tap into a controversy over stock transactions made by lawmakers that sparked a flurry of bills to overhaul or update a 2012 law that governs disclosure, which have largely stalled despite bipartisan support. Currently, members of Congress are required to disclose any securities transactions valued at more than $1,000 within 45 days.”

If you want to take a chance riding on the coattails of your favorite politicians, it will cost you.

Bloomberg reports that the expense ratio of the ETFs will be 1% — much higher than the typical fee you would pay for investing in good old-fashioned index funds.

For more on making great investments, check out “9 Tips for Sane and Successful Stock Investing.”

Get smarter with your money!

Want the best money-news and tips to help you make more and spend less? Then sign up for the free Money Talks Newsletter to receive daily updates of personal finance news and advice, delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for our free newsletter today.