Exchange Traded Funds Articles

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  1. What Are the Best Investments at 50 or Older?

    It’s always important to be diligent about choosing the right investments for your portfolio. What are the best investments ...
  2. Index Funds Turn 40: Vanguard's John Bogle Weighs In

    In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Vanguard's John Bogle reflects on the birth of the index fund and where the industry ...
  3. Robo-Advisor Grow Targets SRI Niche

    Recently launched robo-advisor Grow focuses on sustainable investments.
  4. ETFs: Coming Soon to 401(k) Plans

    The new fiduciary rule could drive more 401(k) plans to include ETFs, which are typically lower cost investments than mutual ...
  5. Why Passive Investing Isn't Always a Winning Strategy

    New research suggests that passive investors don’t come out ahead all of the time, and active portfolio management still ...
  6. Which Gold ETF is Best? (GLD, IAU)

    The pros and cons of two of the most popular Gold ETFs: SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  7. The Best and Worst Bond ETFs as Rates Rise (EDV,BND)

    In a rising rate environment some bond ETFs have fared much better than others.
  8. The 5 Largest MLP ETFs and ETNs (AMLP, AMJ)

    Explore the strategies, holdings, tax treatments, yields and expense structures of the largest MLP ETFs and ETNs.
  9. Where to Invest Your Money? 10 Steps to Financial Success

    Learn where to invest your money ten steps. Included is how to develop a proper investment plan, different investment products ...
  10. What ETF Fund Managers Do

    Find out about the typical day in the life of an ETF portfolio manager, and learn about the primary job responsibilities ...
  11. ETF Liquidity: Why It Matters

    Lower levels of liquidity in exchange-traded funds make it harder to trade them profitably.
  12. Building An All-ETF Portfolio

    Balance is the key when selecting an all-ETF portfolio that will hedge against market volatility.
  13. Top 3 Auto Industry ETFs

    Obtain information about some of the most popular exchange-traded funds investors utilize to get exposure to the automotive ...
  14. Leveraged ETFs: Are They Right For You? (SSO, DDM)

    This specialty vehicle promises dramatic short-term results, but can also magnify risk.
  15. The 10 Cheapest Vanguard ETFs (VOO, VTI)

    Learn about the 10 cheapest Vanguard exchange-traded funds ETFs.
  16. Advisors: Don’t Let Clients Chase ETF Returns

    The ease of trading ETFs has some investors chasing performance. Here's how advisors can help clients avoid making mistakes. ...
  17. How to Profit From Market Volatility Using ETFs (VXX, VIX)

    Volatility funds offer exposure to high greed and fear levels while avoiding predictions on price direction.
  18. Dollar-Cost Averaging With ETFs

    If you are investing small amounts regularly into an exchange-traded fund, be sure to do it right.
  19. Comparing VIX ETFs/ETNs (XIV, SVXY)

    These two exchange-traded products offer exposure to short-term VIX futures, but have a different degree of credit risk. ...
  20. Top 3 Infrastructure ETFs (EMLP, IGF)

    Discover some of the most widely held and best-performing ETFs for investors looking to obtain exposure to infrastructure ...
  21. What Would a "President Trump" Portfolio Look Like?

    These stocks and ETFs could be good bets if Donald Trump ascends to the Oval Office.
  22. What Would a "President Clinton" Portfolio Look Like? (TAN, ITA)

    If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election these are the stocks and ETFs that should be on your watch list.
  23. Checking the Couch Cushions for Income

    Matt breaks down the yield spectrum and the corresponding risks, and suggests ways to build income in today’s low yield environment.
  24. Should You Buy Stock or an ETF?

    No all investment vehicles are suited for each individual investor.
  25. An Inside Look At ETF Construction

    Everything you need to know about these versatile and ubiquitous investment vehicles.
  26. Three ProShares ETFs to Short the S&P 500 (SH, SDS)

    Discover the best three exchange-traded-funds to short the S&P 500, and learn how to avoid the negative compounding effect ...
  27. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to ...
  28. Energy ETFs vs. Energy Mutual Funds: Which are Better? (XLE, BNO)

    For investors looking to gain exposure to the energy sector in preparation for a rebound, there are a number of possible ...
  29. Better for Young Investors: ETFs or Mutual Funds?

    Choosing ETFs versus mutual funds can be a tough decision for young investors. Here are some things to consider for each.
  30. When Is the Right Time to Change From Mutual Funds to ETFs

    Find out how to determine when it's the right time for you to switch from mutual funds to ETFs, including the benefits of ...
  31. Why Leveraged ETFs Are Not a Long-Term Bet

    Leveraged ETFs aren't for the average investor. They can, however, present significant upside potential for the right type ...
  32. ETF Or ETN? What's The Difference?

    ETFs are exponentially larger in collective volume than ETNs, but ETFs receive more attention from retail investors.
  33. Advantages And Disadvantages Of ETFs

    You've probably heard that ETFs are better than mutual funds, but you need to consider all aspects before investing.
  34. iShares Silver Trust ETF: Who Is Invested? (SLV)

    Discover the top institutional owners of the iShares Silver Trust exchange-traded fund (ETF), their exact ownership and their ...
  35. Three Reasons to Like Emerging Markets Despite Election Noise

    Based on the rhetoric from this election, protectionism is arguably on the rise. While that can harm emerging markets, learn ...
  36. Are Loan Funds Right for Your Clients' Portfolios?

    Loan funds may be a good alternative for investors who are willing to take on a greater level of risk in order to receive ...
  37. S&P 500 Vs. Russell 2000 ETF: Which Should You Get?

    We look at the differences of investing in a S&P 500 vs. the Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, and when to choose the one ...
  38. iShares Min Vol ETFs: Passing the Five-Year Test

    We examine the performance of the iShares minimum volatility ETFs and reasons why investors should consider them for the ...
  39. 3 ETFs That Track the S&P 500 (SPY,IVV,VOO)

    A look at three popular ETFs that track the S&P 500.
  40. How Schwab Is Improving Its Robo-Advisor Platform

    Here's the lowdown about the enhancements Charles Schwab is making to its robo-advisor platform, Institutional Intelligent ...
  41. Top 5 ETFs for Long-Term Investors (SPY, VTI)

    ETFs that are appropriate for long-term portfolio holdings, including those focused on stocks, bonds, international markets ...
  42. How To Trade the Hong Kong Stock Exchange through ETFs (ETFC, EWH)

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the eighth largest in the world and easily accessible through ETFs.
  43. How Tax Treatments Of ETFs Work

    Here is a look at how ETFs are taxed and the effects of that tax treatment on investors.
  44. How To Pick The Best ETF

    Of the hundreds of exchange-traded funds on the market, some are bound to fail. Learn how to pick the best of the bunch. ...
  45. Exchange Traded Notes: An Alternative To ETFs

    ETNs offer yet another way to track an index. Find out what they have to offer, and what's at stake.
  46. The Main Attractions of ETF Investing (SPY)

    As the popularity of ETFs soar, a look at the main benefits of these investment vehicles.
  47. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  48. S&P 500 ETFs: Market Weight Vs. Equal Weight (RSP, SPY)

    Both S&P 500 and S&P 500 EWI indexes include the same set of stocks, but different weighting strategies give them separate ...
  49. Mutual Fund Or ETF: Which Is Right For You?

    Learn the differences between these investment products and how to take full advantage.
  50. These ETFs Track The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    The most popular ETFs tracking the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  51. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  52. An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how sector ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  53. ETFs Or Mutual Funds For Your IRA?

    Most actively managed mutual funds fail to beat the market over a long period of time, so it's probably best to go with ETFs ...
  54. Index Mutual Funds Vs. Index ETFs

    When considering an index mutual fund versus the ETF variety, investors should consult an experienced professional.
  55. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  56. 5 Best Smart Beta ETFs That Pay Dividends (PID, ICF)

    Get the lowdown on some of the top-performing smart beta ETFs that are designed to provide above-average dividend yields ...
  57. 300 Global ETFs to Get Morningstar Ratings

    Morningstar, an investment research provider, is adding 300 exchange-traded funds to its stable of 650 ETFs.
  58. How Baby Boomers are Pushing ETF Growth

    A new report reveals that Baby Boomers are the generation most interested in ETFs, the growth of which continues to mushroom. ...
  59. 2 ETFs That Hedge Dividend Stocks (DFND, DIVA)

    These two ETFs hedge dividend stocks by employing a long-short strategy.
  60. Smart Beta Bond ETFs: A Niche to Watch (BYLD, FIBR)

    While smart beta fixed-income funds represent a fairly small niche, the market for them is likely to increase in the future. ...
  61. Fiduciary Rule May Push ETF Assets to $10 Trillion

    Assets in exchange-traded products could hit $10 trillion by 2020 in the wake of the new fiduciary rule.
  62. Understanding How Exchange-Traded Funds Work

    An in depth look at how ETFs work and what investors need to consider when deciding if they should invest in these popular ...
  63. Why You Should Skip Mutual Funds and Go for ETFs

    Many people debate the merits of mutual funds versus ETFs. Here are some reasons why ETFs should come out on top.
  64. Target-Date ETFs in a 401(k)? Probably Not. Here's Why

    Target-date ETFs aren't likely to become a popular offering in defined contribution plans any time soon. Here's why.
  65. Business Development Companies: What Investors Should Know (ARCC, ACAS)

    Business development companies can provide investors with a higher yield, but these instruments also come with substantial ...
  66. How to Factor in Smart Beta for Client Portfolios

    Smart beta ETFs based on factors can be a tool for advisors and individual investors to diversify.
  67. Can Regular Investors Beat The Market?

    With the big name competition out there, hard-working people who invest have a tough time beating the market.
  68. Top Smart Beta ETFs for High Dividend Stocks (DVY, DYM)

    A detailed look at the five largest smart beta ETFs which focus on high-dividend paying stocks.
  69. Understand the Risks of Trading Inverse ETFs

    Inverse ETFs sound like a great way to take advantage of market volatility. But it's important to understand how they work ...
  70. Passive Investing vs. Smart Beta: What's the Difference?

    Index funds and Smart Beta ETFs both maximize returns without any need for active fund managers but differ in key ways.
  71. ProShares UltraPro QQQ: 6-Month Snapshot (TQQQ)

    TQQQ experienced a high degree of volatility between January and July 2016 due to these key drivers that caused its price ...
  72. The Best of Vanguard's Smart Beta ETFs (VIG, VTV)

    The best Vanguard smart beta ETFs offer investors alternatives to index investing.
  73. Fidelity vs. Vanguard: Which is Better Suited to You?

    Learn whether Fidelity or Vanguard is better for the aggressive, conservative, cost-conscious or service-oriented/tech-savvy ...
  74. Smart Beta Factor Investing: What Are the Most Popular Funds? (USMV, EFAV)

    Smart beta ETFs allow an investor to focus on specific factors. Here are some of the most popular smart beta ETF vehicles. ...
  75. The Best of iShares' Smart Beta ETFs (DVY, USMV)

    BlackRock's iShares offers some of the highest-rated smart beta ETFs around.
  76. How to Evaluate Smart Beta ETF Strategies (IWD, IWF)

    ETF providers are rolling out new smart beta products at a rapid pace. Here are some ways to evaluate them.
  77. The Perils of Investing in Leveraged ETFs

    Leveraged ETFs are best suited for day traders versus buy-and-hold investors who have a longer time horizon.
  78. ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil: 6-Month Snap Shot (UCO)

    Discover how the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF performed over the last six months and what factors contributed ...
  79. USMV vs. FVD: Comparing Smart Beta Funds

    A comparison between two smart beta ETFs, the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF and the First Trust Value Line Dividend ...
  80. Smart Beta: Do Low Volatility ETFs Make Sense?

    Do low volatility ETFs have a place in client portfolios as either core or satellite holdings?
  81. How Momentum Investing is Making a Comeback

    Momentum investing is making a comeback, though recent studies have shown it has been a viable strategy all along.
  82. VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN: 6-Month Snap Shot (UWTI)

    UWTI has had a greater than 100% gain and a 50% loss in the last six months. These wild swings are due to the oil market ...
  83. 3 Mid-Cap Value ETFs for Bull and Bear Markets (XMLV, DON)

    These three ETFs have outperformed the S&P 500 Index during up and down markets, and should continue to do so based on their ...
  84. Why PowerShares QQQ Had the Biggest Equity Withdrawal of All Equity ETFs

    Major technology exchange-traded fund PowerShares QQQ Trust suffered $5.4 billion in withdrawals in the first 18 weeks of ...
  85. Could Smart Beta ETFs Be a $1 Trillion Market by 2020? (BLK)

    One ETF giant believes the smart beta ETF market will grow at double the pace of the overall ETF market over the next several ...
  86. How to Create a Smart Beta Investment Strategy (MTUM, VLUE)

    Learn how to use different smart beta ETFs exploiting various factors in your investment portfolio.
  87. 4 ETFs to Profit From the Strong Dollar (UUP, USDU)

    The U.S. Dollar has strengthened as the probability of interest rate hikes in 2016 increases. These four strong dollar ETFs ...
  88. The Top 3 Canadian REIT ETFs in 2016 (XRE.TO, ZRE.TO)

    Canadian REIT ETFs can grant quick, inexpensive exposure to diversified portfolios of real estate holdings. These funds also ...
  89. Why Investing in Commodities Can Be Tricky

    While some exposure to commodities can enhance a portfolio, it is key to understand the investment vehicle you've chosen, ...
  90. Smart Beta ETFs: The Pros and Cons

    Pros and cons of smart beta ETFs.
  91. Understanding MORL's High Dividend Policy (MORL, UBS)

    Holders of the UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN often receive a high annual distribution yield. However, ...
  92. Top Five Smart Beta ETFs with the Lowest Fees

    Higher fees can diminish an investor's return. Here are the five smart beta ETFs with the lowest expense ratios.
  93. The Weirdest Smart Beta ETFs

    Smart beta strategies are growing more and more "niche." Here are the most unusual smart beta ETFs out there.
  94. Are Low-Volatility ETFs Becoming Overvalued?

    Has the popularity of low-volatility ETFs caused them to become overvalued and more risky than investors and advisors expect? ...
  95. SLVO: A High-Dividend, High-Risk Bet on Silver

    The Credit Suisse X-Links Silver Shares Covered Call ETN is the equivalent of investing in a covered call position on the ...
  96. Are Smart Beta ETFs Active, Passive or Both?

    Are smart beta ETFs a form of passive management, active management or a hybrid of both?
  97. Smart Beta: Can Low Beta Equal High Risk?

    Low beta may not necessarily mean low risk when it comes to some smart beta strategies.
  98. Building A Better Mousetrap With Smart Beta ETFs

    What exactly are smart beta funds and how can they be used in a portfolio?
  99. What You Should Know About Smart Beta ETFs

    What you need to know about smart beta ETFs and the strategies behind them.
  100. Is Dividend Investing Still Viable?

    The performance of dividend stocks, ETFs and mutual funds is hot right now. Do they still offer upside potential for clients? ...
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