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What to Do with Your Day Trading Profits

Day traders not only need to determine how much to trade with each order, but they also need a plan for what to do with the profits that accumulate. That’s as much a part of money management as calculating [more…]

Fixed Fractional and Fixed Ratio Money Management Styles

Over the years, day traders have developed many different ways to manage their money. Some of these are rooted in superstition, but most are based on different statistical probability theories. The underlying [more…]

How to Invest if You Are in Your 20s

Investing a portion of your income while in your 20s can reap tremendous benefits when you are older, if you plan properly. Here are five things you can do to maximize your investments in your 20s. [more…]

Impact Your Investment Return with 3 Simple Strategies

Positive investment returns are harder to come by with the sluggish economy and lackluster stock market. Here are a few simple strategies to juice up your investment performance while you wait for the [more…]

Tax-Free Savings Accounts: TFSA Tips for Canadians

Canada Revenue Agency gave us all a little gift recently. As of January 2009, you can shelter up to $5,000 a year in investments in a Tax-Free Savings Account [more…]

Choosing Your Investment Strategy

Take into consideration your life goals and circumstances when deciding on your investment strategy. By doing the work now, you’ll see a clear link between your ideal strategy and your long-term financial [more…]

Cost Advantage of Exchange-Traded Funds

Some of the many advantages of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) include low costs, tax efficiency, transparency (you know what you’re buying), and the long track record of success for indexed investments. [more…]

Tax Advantages of Exchange-Traded Funds

Before there were exchange-traded funds (ETFs), individual securities had a big advantage over funds in that you were required to pay capital gains taxes only when you actually enjoyed a capital gain. [more…]

ETFs, Mutual Funds, and the Vanguard Group

It may sound like exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are not only the best thing since sliced bread but as a replacement for sliced bread. Well, not quite. As nice as ETFs are, good old mutual funds still enjoy [more…]

Exchange-Traded Funds: Better than Brokers

Although most investors are now familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds remain the most popular investment vehicle of choice by a margin of 12:1. [more…]

Indexed Funds and ETFs vs. Actively Managed Funds

Indexed funds (such as Exchange-Traded Funds and mutual funds) are safer and easier than actively managed funds. They also make more money over the long-run. [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds: Finding a Stock to Bond Split that Makes Sense for You

The balance between stocks and bonds — and the ETFs based on them — is usually expressed as “[% stocks]/[% bonds],” so a 60/40 portfolio means 60 percent stocks or stock ETFs and 40 percent bonds or bond [more…]

The Ups and Downs of Global ETF Markets

If you expect emerging market stocks and, thus, ETFs to continue to clock such phenomenal returns, you are sure to be disappointed. If you expect European stock markets to do half again as much as the [more…]

ETF Diversification: Shoot for Low Correlation

Why, you may ask, do you need European and Japanese stocks in your ETFs when you already have all the lovely diversification: large, small, value, and growth stocks, and a good mix of industries? The answer [more…]

Frontier Markets: Potential Emerging Markets for ETFs

Of late, a number of ETFs, including the PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio (PMNA), the Guggenheim Frontier Markets ETF (FRN), and the Market Vectors Gulf States ETF [more…]

iShares Value and Growth ETFs

Studies show that the same value premium — the tendency for value stocks to outperform growth stocks — that seemingly exists with U.S. ETFs can be found around the world. Therefore, you might consider [more…]

Why Not to Invest Two-Thirds in International ETFs

About 65 percent of the world stock market is outside of the United States. Should you invest that much of your portfolio in foreign ETFs? No, that may be overdoing it. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of [more…]

Why to Invest More Than One-Fifth in International ETFs

Some well-publicized research indicates that an 80-percent-or-so domestic stock/20-percent-or-so foreign stock portfolio is optimal for maximizing return and minimizing risk with your ETFs. But almost [more…]

How to Choose Foreign ETFs

At present, you have more than 300 global and international ETFs from which to choose. (Global ETFs hold U.S. as well as international stocks; international [more…]

ETFs That Cover the Planet

If you have a portfolio of under $10,000, or if you have a strong desire to keep your ETF investment management simple, you may be best off combining a total-market U.S. fund with a total international [more…]

European Stock ETFs

Europe is a good place to hold ETFs because it boasts the oldest, most established stock markets in the world: the Netherlands, 1611; Germany, 1685; and the United Kingdom, 1698. Relative to the stocks [more…]

Pacific Region Stock ETFs

The Pacific region merits a chunk of any balanced portfolio of ETFs. The nations of the Pacific have evidenced a good comeback in recent years.

With the rapid growth of China as the world’s apparent soon-to-be [more…]

Emerging-Market Stock ETFs

The recent astonishing returns of emerging market stocks and ETFs are due in good part to sharp increases in the prices of commodities, such as oil, which come largely from these nations. But commodity [more…]

ETF Portfolio: Things That Don’t Matter When Selecting a Portfolio Strategy

Before you invest your money in individual stocks or bonds, exchange traded funds (ETFs) or mutual funds, you should ask yourself these questions: How much return do [more…]

ETF Portfolio: How Much You Need in Your Portfolio to Retire

Whether you hold ETFs or mutual funds or individual stocks, you probably wouldn’t mind if your investments could support you. But how much do you need in order for your investments to support you? [more…]

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