Investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

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What Traders Should Know about ETF Families

Each of the weighting options can impact the ETFs you choose to trade. Major advisor groups create the ETFs. The ETFs from the same advisor are called a [more…]

Sector Rotation Trading Strategies

ETFs make implementing sector rotation trading strategies easier by minimizing the time you need to spend on individual stock research. You can use that time instead to follow sectors. After you’ve researched [more…]

How to Construct an ETF Portfolio for Trading

Constructing an ETF portfolio for trading is not much different than constructing a stock-based portfolio. The only difference is that you use ETFs for building your trading system rather than stocks. [more…]

Discovering Frontier or Emerging Markets as an ETF Investor

Of late, a number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have cropped up to allow you to invest in so-called frontier markets, including the PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio [more…]

Comparing ETFs to Other Investment Options

Investing in ETFs differs from investing in mutual funds and individual stocks in some important ways, as the following table shows. As a smart investor, you can't ignore the advantages that ETFs offer [more…]

Basic Trading Choices for ETFs or Stocks

Buying and selling an exchange-traded fund (ETF) is just like buying and selling a stock; there really is no difference. Although you can trade in all sorts of ways, the vast majority of trades fall into [more…]

Optimizing Your ETFs Portfolio

There's no point to having dozens of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in your portfolio if they are only going to duplicate each other's holdings. So if you already own the entire market through diversified [more…]

What "Boom Economy" Really Means for ETFs Investors

Slow-growing economies (such as India's, whose stock market has lately left China's in the dust) generally make for better stock investments! You would think that a fast-growing economy would be the best [more…]

Investing in ETFs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

An ETF, or exchange-traded fund, is a relatively new investment product. It's something of a cross between an index mutual fund and a stock. ETF investing has grown exponentially in the past few years, [more…]

Passive versus Active Investing: Your Choice

Until recently, all ETFs were index funds. And in the past few years, most index funds have been ETFs. On March 25, 2008, Bear Stearns introduced an actively managed ETF: the Current Yield ETF [more…]

10 FAQs about ETFs

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is something of a cross between an index mutual fund and a stock. Because ETFs are relatively new to investors, they have a lot of questions. [more…]

ETFs Can Make Failure Even Easier!

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were brought into being by marketing people from the Toronto Stock Exchange who saw a way to beef up trading volume. Unlike mutual funds, which can be bought and sold only [more…]

The All-Important P/E Ratio in ETF Investing

Investment legend Benjamin Graham liked to use something called the P/E ratio. The P stands for price; the E stands for earnings. When the market price of a stock [more…]

Revamping Your Portfolio with Life Changes: Marriage, Divorce, and Babies

Just as you may need a new suit if you lose or gain weight, sometimes you need to tailor your portfolio in response to changes in your life. Rebalancing your portfolio, making tactical adjustments, and [more…]

Why REITs Should Be in Your Portfolio

Some holders of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and REIT funds believe (and fervently hope) that such performance will continue. Others argue that the glory of REITs may already be gone with the [more…]

Investing in the Entire U.S. Bond Market

The broadest fixed income ETFs are all-around good bets, especially for more modest sized portfolios. Note that these bonds use a total (taxable) bond market approach, which means about two-thirds government [more…]

How to Begin Selecting Sector ETFs

After you decide which industry sectors you wish to invest in, you need to pick and choose among exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Blackrock's iShares offers about 40 U.S. selections and 40 global or international [more…]

Specialized Stock ETFs: Investing for a Better World

Increasingly, individuals and institutions are investing using some kind of moral compass. The investments are screened not only for potential profitability but for social, environmental, and even biblical [more…]

Your High Dividend ETF Options

The oldest and largest of the ETF dividend funds is the iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund (DVY). For U.S. domestic investments, here are some other options: [more…]

WisdomTree Currency Hedged Funds

If you wish to dampen the volatility of your foreign stock holdings, you can opt to own funds that specifically eliminate or "hedge" against currently flux. [more…]

How to Harness Small Growth ETFs with Sweet Start-Ups

What role, if any, should small cap growth stocks play in your ETF portfolio? The following figure shows where you can see how small growth fits into an investment style grid. [more…]

How to Choose Small Cap Blend Exchange-Traded Funds

A bit of growth, a bit of value, your choice in small cap blend funds should take into consideration such things as expense ratios, average cap size, and P/E ratio. Keep in mind that these numbers are [more…]

Breaking Your Small Cap Holdings into Growth ETF and Value ETF

If you have a portfolio of more than $20,000 and you are a buy-and-hold kind of guy or gal, break up your small cap holdings into a growth exchange-traded fund [more…]

Options for Small Value ETFs

Don't let "small value" fool you. If you can stomach a bit of risk, these stocks can more than pull their weight. Consult history. See the following figure, which shows where small value fits into the [more…]

How to Balance Small Value Stocks

Whatever your total allocation to domestic small cap stocks, anywhere from 60 to 75 percent of that amount should be allocated to small value. But no more than that, please. If the value premium disappears [more…]


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