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Websites for Up-to-Date Information on Exchange-Traded Funds

The world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Australia and New Zealand is forever changing. Keep updated by regularly checking in on any of the following websites: [more…]

Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Investing using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Australia and New Zealand is made easier when you understand the benefits of this investment product, what to look out for, how to invest in overseas ETFs [more…]

Stock ETFs: Large Cap Growth Stocks

Capitalization or cap refers to the combined value of all shares of a company’s stock. The lines dividing large cap, mid cap, and small cap are sometimes as blurry as the line between, say, [more…]

Stock ETFs: Investment Options Based on Portfolio Size

If there were no trading costs involved with ETFs, then you would always be best off to hold separate ETFs for each stock style, i.e. large growth, large value, and so on. [more…]

Stock ETFs: Blended Options for Large Cap Exposure

If you are seeking a blended (large cap value and growth) investment option for smaller portfolios ($10,000 to $20,000), these ETFs are worth a look.

All the expense ratios, average cap sizes, price/earnings [more…]

Stock ETFs: Strictly Large Growth Options

For large growth and large growth alone, the four ETF options listed here all provide good exposure to the asset class at very reasonable cost. But please remember that holding a large growth ETF whould [more…]

Large Cap Stock ETFs to Avoid

None of the ETFs listed below is horrible — far from it. But given the plethora of choices, barring very special circumstances, here are the reasons these options should not rank at the top of your list [more…]

Stock ETFs: The Difference between Growth Stock and Value Stock?

Many different criteria are used to determine whether a stock or basket of stocks (such as an ETF) qualifies as growth or value. But perhaps the most important measure is the ratio of price to earnings [more…]

Stock ETFs: Six Ways to Recognize a Value Stock

Warren Buffett knows a value stock when he sees one. Do you? Different investment pros and different indexes, upon which ETFs are fashioned, may define “value” differently, but here are some of the most [more…]

Five Good Large Value ETF Picks for Your Investment Portfolio

Of the 100 or so large cap ETFs on the market, perhaps 20 or so are worth particular attention for tapping into the value market. The following five offer good large value indexes at reasonable prices. [more…]

Stock ETFs: Getting Real about Small Cap Investments

In the past century, small cap stocks and the ETFs based on them have outperformed large cap stocks. The volatility of small cap has also been greater. In terms of return per unit of risk [more…]

Stock ETFs: Top Picks for Small Cap Blend

If you have a portfolio of under $20,000 or so, consider small cap blend ETFs, which combine small value and small growth stocks. Small cap domestic stocks shouldn’t occupy more than 20 percent or so of [more…]

Top Picks in Small Cap Growth ETFs

If you have a portfolio of more than $20,000 and you can buy-and-hold, break up your small cap holdings into a growth ETF and a value ETF. Given the dramatic outperformance of value in the past, you might [more…]

Stock ETFs: What is a Micro Cap Stock?

If you want to invest your money in companies that are smaller than small, you can invest in ETFs based on micro caps. These companies are larger than the corner delicatessen, but sometimes not by much [more…]

Micro Cap ETFs to Consider for Your Portfolio

To date, a handful of micro cap ETFs have been introduced. They differ from one another to a much greater extent than do the larger cap ETFs. Notice that the top five holdings of each ETF are completely [more…]

Stock ETFs: Pros and Cons of Small Value Stocks and Indexes

To be sure, small value stocks are risky little suckers. Even the entire index (available to you in neat ETF form) is more volatile than any conservative investor may feel comfortable with. But as part [more…]

Four Small Value ETF Picks for Your Portfolio

The best choices among small value Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) include offerings from Vanguard and iShares. There is also an option from Guggenheim, which isn’t bad. [more…]

Stock ETFs: What about the Mid Caps?

One word on mid cap ETFs . . . why? Yes, for the past several years mid cap stocks — investments in companies with roughly $5 to $20 billion in outstanding stock — have performed especially well. They’ve [more…]

The Difference between Common Stock and Preferred Stock

The two types of corporate stock ownership are common and preferred. Common stock represents residual ownership in the corporation. Residual ownership consists of any remaining net assets after preferred [more…]

Eight Stock Investment Opportunities and Challenges

Stock investing doesn't happen in a vacuum; it operates in a world swirling with issues and events that affect your stocks and stock investing decisions. Fortunately, it can still be profitable if you [more…]

The Different Types of Stock Orders in Corporate Finance

After you decide that you want to buy or sell stock, you have to decide the type of buy or sell order you want to place, the price at which you want the transaction to take place, and the timing of the [more…]

Compare Long and Short Stocks

To truly understand the role that stocks play in corporate finance and investing, you need to understand the terms longand short. In the context of equities trading, tend to remain a mystery for a large [more…]

What Are Chips, Caps, and Sectors in the World of Corporate Finance?

You may hear a lot of talk about different types of chips, caps, and sectors when stocks get brought up in financial conversations. These terms are all just different ways of classifying and lumping together [more…]

Equity Valuation Models to Evaluate Stock Values

Easily the most difficult part of investing in stocks is figuring out what they’re worth and projecting how their prices will change. There are a number of different influences on the value and price of [more…]

Corporate Analysis Used to Determine the Value of Stock

Corporate analysis is one of the primary methods of determining the value of stock because the value of the underlying company contributes strongly to the value of the stock. Don’t be confused; the actual [more…]

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