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  1. 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 ...
  2. The Best of Vanguard's Smart Beta ETFs (VIG, VTV)

    The best Vanguard smart beta ETFs offer investors alternatives to index investing.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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. ...
  6. The Best of iShares' Smart Beta ETFs (DVY, USMV)

    BlackRock's iShares offers some of the highest-rated smart beta ETFs around.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Smart Beta: Do Low Volatility ETFs Make Sense?

    Do low volatility ETFs have a place in client portfolios as either core or satellite holdings?
  12. 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.
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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, ...
  21. Smart Beta ETFs: The Pros and Cons

    Pros and cons of smart beta ETFs.
  22. 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, ...
  23. 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.
  24. The Weirdest Smart Beta ETFs

    Smart beta strategies are growing more and more "niche." Here are the most unusual smart beta ETFs out there.
  25. 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? ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Are Smart Beta ETFs Active, Passive or Both?

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

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

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

    What you need to know about smart beta ETFs and the strategies behind them.
  31. 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? ...
  32. Small Cap Index Fund: NAESX (ETF) vs. SLYG (Mutual Fund)

    Learn about how factors such as management style, sector allocation, expenses and dividend yields differentiate between similar ...
  33. Break Down Modern Market Trends To Grasp Movement

    Convergence points to dynamic conditions that can elicit strong trends while divergence suggests conflict, more typical of ...
  34. Schwab Launches Low-Fee Target-Date Funds

    Schwab has launched a series of target-date funds that have lower fees than its rivals.
  35. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  36. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index or hedge downside risk ...
  37. Robo-Advisors vs. Passively Managed Funds: Which Is Better?

    Expense is the main distinction between the two, but each has its plusses and minuses, depending on the type of investor ...
  38. 4 Risks of Shorting REIT ETFs

    Discover the four risks to consider when short selling real estate exchange-traded funds and learn how to determine if the ...
  39. When Multi-Factor ETFs Make Sense

    Multi-factor ETFs are a logical progression from single-factor smart beta ETFs. Here's when it makes sense to use them in ...
  40. Top 3 ETFs to Invest in Rice (RJA, INDA)

    Learn about the world's total rice production, and discover a few exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that either directly or indirectly ...
  41. A Look At 3 Smart Beta Bond ETFs (PHB,VBND,AGGP)

    A look at three smart beta bond ETFs that may have passed under your radar.
  42. Top 3 Health Care REIT ETFs in 2016

    These three REIT ETFs give individuals the opportunity to invest in health care-oriented real estate.
  43. Annuities vs. Fixed-Income ETFs: Which One Is Better (PFF)

    Find out which investment vehicle is better for a retirement investor: an income annuity or a fixed-income exchange-traded ...
  44. Top 3 A Share ETFs of 2016 (ASHR, PEK)

    Risk-tolerant investors looking to gain diversified exposure to China's A shares market should consider these top three A ...
  45. Why Gold-Backed ETFs Have More Gold Reserves Than China

    Uncover the factors behind investors' increased demand for gold while discovering the impetus behind the surge in bullion-backed ...
  46. Vanguard Preps to Enter Active ETF Arena

    Vanguard has filed with the SEC to launch actively-managed ETFs, a first for the index fund giant.
  47. Fidelity Readies Actively-Managed ETF Hybrid

    Fidelity has filed with the SEC to launch ETFs that provide active management in the same way as closed-end funds, but without ...
  48. The Top Residential/Apartment REIT ETF in 2016 (REZ, HCN)

    Pay attention to whether rising rents in the residential real estate sector provide more opportunities for investing in residential ...
  49. Top 10 Investments for Your Retirement Plan (XOM, VNM)

    Discover 10 of the best investments through which to reach retirement savings goals, regardless of whether your career is ...
  50. Top 3 Global REIT ETFs in 2016

    The prevailing low-interest-rate environment generally favors international REITs, at the moment. These three ETFs track ...
  51. Insure Your ETF Investments With Options

    Learn how to insure and hedge against unfavorable moves in ETF investments using options strategies, such as the protective ...
  52. DSEEX, PXTIX: Smart Beta Mutual Funds vs. Smart Beta ETFs

    These two smart beta mutual funds offer potential, but are their ETF counterparts a better option?
  53. VTSMX, VGTSX: Portfolio Making with Vanguard Mutual Funds

    Find out how to construct the ideal investment portfolio utilizing Vanguard's tools, resources and the company's low-cost ...
  54. A Look Into Creating a Trust Fund With ETFs (VCIT, SDIV)

    Learn the basics of how a trust works and the two most common types. Discover how to use ETFs to fund a trust and the different ...
  55. Top 5 Schwab ETFs of 2016

    Schwab's strategy of offering funds with low expense ratios has attracted significant assets to its five largest exchange-traded ...
  56. The Top 3 iShares ETFs With High Dividend Yields (REM, QTLC)

    Learn about the three highest-yielding iShares ETFs, complete with a summary of each fund's investment objective, fund characteristics ...
  57. Is Your Low-Cost Index Fund Really Low Cost?

    Index funds and ETFs tend to have lower expense ratios than actively managed investments, but costs can vary widely among ...
  58. FKGRX, FRSGX: Franklin Templeton’s Top Funds for Retirement

    These are Franklin Templeton's top mutual funds and ETFs for a diversified retirement portfolio.
  59. 5 Ways You Can Invest in Colombia From Abroad (CIB, GXG)

    Learn five ways to invest in Colombia from abroad through stock, ETFs, real estate, investment sectors or establishing a ...
  60. 3 Inverse REIT ETFs for Betting Against Real Estate (REK, SRS)

    Discover three inverse exchange-traded funds that you can use to bet against the real estate markets in varying degrees of ...
  61. Will Popularity Be the Downfall of Smart Beta ETFs?

    Will the popularity of smart beta ETFs also be their downfall?
  62. Smart Beta Pioneer Rob Arnott Issues a Warning

    Rob Arnott, one of the pioneers of smart beta, thinks the ballooning popularity of these funds creates a reasonable probability ...
  63. PQIDX,PONDX,PBDDX: Pimco's Top Funds for Retirement Income

    Once you're living off the money you've saved for retirement, is it invested in the right assets? Here are some from PIMCO ...
  64. How to Use Leveraged ETFs and Not Lose Your Shirt

    To trade or not to trade leveraged ETFs? That is the question.
  65. Investing: How to Make Fast Money in Your 20s

    In your 20s and want to maximize returns on your investments? Here's how. But be careful.
  66. Buying and Selling ETFs: It's Easy, Here's How to Start

    Learn the basics of exchange-traded funds, including how they are bought and sold, how they differ from mutual funds, and ...
  67. Pros and Cons: Preferred Stock ETFs vs. Bond ETFs

    A look at the differences between preferred stock ETFs and bond ETFs and when you should invest in one over the other.
  68. 4 Advantages of ETFs in the Stock Market

    ETFs offer some features that individual stocks do not, making them an attractive option for individuals who want to invest ...
  69. Build a Portfolio with Fidelity ETF & Mutual Funds

    Learn how to assemble a balanced investment portfolio using the best actively and passively managed Fidelity mutual funds ...
  70. ETF for FTSE High Dividend Yield Index (VYM)

    Discover a high dividend yielding exchange-traded fund (ETF) that almost perfectly mimics the performance and behavior of ...
  71. Is USO a Good Way to Invest in Oil?

    The United States Oil Fund is better suited to short-term investors who actively manage their portfolios.
  72. Two ETFs to Consider for Now

    Amid a murky global economic outlook, investors who want to hedge their exposure to interest-rate sensitivity and emerging-market ...
  73. The Vanguard Effect: Lower Expenses, Higher Returns

    Vanguard distinguishes itself by being the low-cost provider in a crowded field of mutual funds and ETFs.
  74. Know the Similarity and Differences of these Funds

    Mid Cap mutual fund vs. ETF: explore the similarities and differences between VIMSX and MDY.
  75. Don’t Buy What You Don’t Understand

    Risk management can only happen when investors truly evaluate their investments through comprehensive due diligence.
  76. The 5 Top Performing ETFs So Far This Year (JNUG)

    These five gold and silver ETFs have crushed the market so far this year.
  77. 4 ETFs With FANG Exposure (FDN,PNQI,QQQ,SKYY)

    These four ETFs offer exposure to FANG stocks, each in a different way.
  78. Shorting an ETF vs. Buying an Inverse ETF

    Investors who want to bet against specific sectors or indexes can either short an ETF or buy an inverse ETF. Which is better ...
  79. Top 5 Small-Cap ETFs (IWM,IJR,VB,VBR,IWO)

    These five small-cap ETFs have all appreciated since their inception, have low expense ratios and pay a dividend.
  80. Smart Beta ETFs: Popular but Advisors Are Wary

    Smart beta ETFs are exploding in popularity among investors, but many financial advisors remain skeptical of them.
  81. 3 ETFs That Beat the S&P 500 (SPLV,RSP,NOBL)

    These three ETFs have consistently beat the S&P 500 since their inception.
  82. How Oil ETFs Perform Relative to the Oil Price (USO, SZO)

    Oil price volatility presents opportunities for investors, but ETFs that track oil may not be fit for the purpose.
  83. ETF Vs Mutual Fund: Who Wins?

    Compare and contrast a popular energy mutual fund, Vanguard Energy Fund Investor Shares, and an ETF, the Energy Select Sector ...
  84. How to Buy Gold With Your 401(k) (FSAGX, IAU)

    Investors seeking to invest in the gold market through their 401(k) account have a long list of options, a lot more than ...
  85. 3 iShares REIT ETFs to Watch (IYR, REET)

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have outperformed the S&P 500 index his year. Here'a a look at three ETFs that are ...
  86. 3 ETFs That Track the S&P 500 (SPY,IVV,VOO)

    A look at three popular ETFs that track the S&P 500.
  87. The Top 5 Commercial REIT ETFs of 2016 (VNQ, IYR)

    Investors can get major exposure to commercial real estate in some of the most inexpensive REIT ETFs. The vehicles also provide ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. 3 iShares Energy ETFs to Keep an Eye On (IYE, IXC)

    Three ETFs offered by BlackRock iShares that track the energy industry.
  90. The 5 Best Performing iShare ETFs in 2016 (SLVP, RING)

    Find out what the best-performing ETFs in 2016 are, from the world's largest ETF provider, iShares.
  91. Top 3 ETFs That Short the FTSE 100 (XUKS, SUK2)

    As Brexit looms, these three ETFs can be used to gain short exposure to the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index.
  92. The Top 4 Leveraged (2x & 3x) China ETFs of 2016 (YINN, YANG)

    Discover four leveraged ETFs that can be used to gain exposure to China, the world’s second-largest economy.
  93. Utilities Case Study: XLU (ETF) vs. VUIAX (Mutual Fund)

    Learn about the differences between mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Compare and contrast a utilities sector mutual ...
  94. Overview of 3 Low-Beta Mutual Funds (FSHCX, OSMAX)

    Consider low-beta ETFs to help keep your portfolio stable. When markets fluctuate sharply, these funds are designed to experience ...
  95. Global Equity Funds: VHGEX (Mutual Fund) vs. ACWI (ETF)

    Explore the similarities and differences between the holdings, performance and structures of VHGEX and ACWI. Find out why ...
  96. Studying Financial Sector: XLF (ETF) vs. VFAIX (Mutual Fund)

    Explore the similarities and differences between securities that are exposed to the financial sector, XLF and VFAIX.
  97. 3 Reasons You Should Understand Investing

    Everyone should learn a few investing basics, even if you plan to hire an investment professional.
  98. Why Average Investors Can't Make Money (XOP)

    Average Investors are dramatically underperforming the market. Here's a look at how they can fix those mistakes and make ...
  99. 5 Reasons to Find Asset Managers Who Use ETFs

    Learn why investors should seek out asset managers who invest in ETFs and discover the superior advantages ETFs offer over ...
  100. The 3 Biggest iShare Bond ETFs (AGG, LQD)

    The characteristics, yields and duration of the three largest bond ETFs offered by BlackRock iShares.
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