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ETF Portfolio: Reversion to the Mean

Once you understand reversion to the mean, don’t think you have to go out and buy any ETF that has underperformed the market for years, or sell any ETF that has outperformed. But to a small degree, you [more…]

ETF Portfolio: A Simple Portfolio Model

This model is an easier-than-easy ETF portfolio. It is a perfectly fine, workable investment model with decent (although not great) diversification. It may be enough for anyone without a great amount in [more…]

ETF Portfolio: A Conservative Model

When you invest in anything, be it exchange traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, or individual stocks and bonds, there’s always a bit of a gamble involved. [more…]

ETF Portfolio: Risk and Return Associated with Industry Sectors

If you want to use a sector investing strategy for your exchange traded fund (ETF) and other investments, know that various sectors fall in different places along the risk/return continuum. [more…]

ETF Investment Strategy: Active Trading Can Lead to Losses

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 at day’s end, ETFs trade [more…]

ETF Investment Strategy: Beware the Advice Newsletters

Search “Market timing success” and you’ll see websites and newsletters offering you all kinds of advice that’s sure to make you rich. Add “ETF” to your search, and you’ll quickly see that an entire cottage [more…]

ETF Investment Strategy: The Value Line Paradox

Value Line — a purveyor of market-timing and stock-picking advice — not only offers advice on picking ETFs as well as stocks, but also they had their own ETF until recently — the Value Line Timeliness [more…]

ETF Investment Strategy: The Wild, Wacky World of Investment Advice

Achieving riches with ETFs is only the latest gimmick of investment websites and newsletters that are part of a phenomenon that financial journalist Jane Bryant Quinn once called “investment pornography [more…]

Small Cap International ETFs

Small cap international stocks and the ETFs that hold them have even less correlation to the U.S. stock market than larger foreign stocks. The reason is simple: If the U.S. economy takes a swan dive, it [more…]

How to Select ETFs by Sector, Not Style

There are about 200 U.S. industry-sector ETFs. You can find a fund to mirror each of the major industry sectors in the U.S. economy: energy, basic materials, financial services, consumer goods, and so [more…]

Sector ETFs: The Next Hot Industry

One danger of ETFs is their ability to allow you to easily purchase into sectors, which can be dangerous when it leads to speculation. There’s little question that people who divide their portfolios into [more…]

How to Diversify Your Sector ETF Investments

Using sector ETFs to diversify your portfolio can be an advantageous strategy. An in-depth study on industry-sector investing, done several years ago by Chicago-based Ibbotson Associates [more…]

ETFs: How to Combine Style and Sector Strategies

Using sector ETFs can be a great way to diversify your portfolio. It also, however, can be dangerous if you use this strategy as a means to help you speculate on the market. [more…]

How to Seek Low Correlation ETFs for Added Diversification

There are some sector-based ETFs that are better choices than others for additions to a portfolio that mostly features style investments. When deciding what sector investments to add to your portfolio, [more…]

How to Choose Sector ETFs

After you decide which industry sectors you wish to invest in, you need to pick and choose among ETFs. Like with other ETF options, there are a variety to choose from and a variety of companies that sell [more…]

ETF Investment Strategy: Patience Is a Key Factor

Imagine a hypothetical daily pricing pattern for a hypothetical ETF that we will give the hypothetical ticker symbol UGH. What you see at point A is a major reversal pattern known to technical analysts [more…]

ETF Portfolio: A High Risk/High Return Model

High-risk/high-return ETF portfolios are made up mostly of stock ETFs. After all, stocks have a very long history of clobbering most other investments — [more…]

ETF Portfolio: “Today and Tomorrow” — A Long Term View

Times change; circumstances change. Your investment portfolio with its ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks and bonds needs to keep up with the times. [more…]

ETF-Trading Websites for Suckers

Market timing services are popping up all over the Internet. Why not? ETFs are hot. They are in the news. They sound so impressive. And there is a sucker born every minute. [more…]

Unhealthy ETF Investments

The first truly loony ETFs hit the market around 2006. At that time, a dozen funds came on the marketthat invested in companies involved in treating specific diseases. You could have invested in the Ferghana-Wellspring [more…]

ETFs and Tax Harvesting: Steer Clear of the IRS’s “Wash Rule”

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are the perfect investment vehicle to avoid the IRS’s “Wash Rule.” Let’s say you had a bad year on a particular investment or you had a bad year on [more…]

ETFs and Options: Exchange-Traded Derivatives

Beyond the world of exchange-traded funds, an entirely different universe is filled with things called exchange-traded derivatives. A derivative is a financial instrument that has no real value in and [more…]

ETFs and Options: Weigh Options Strategies against the Diversified ETF Portfolio

ETFs are a huge part of the options market. And options can allow you to capture the gains of the stock market with very limited risk. They also allow you to invest in the market and not have to worry [more…]

How to Profit with ETF Options in a Stagnant Market

Options on exchange-traded funds (ETF) are very hot, hot, hot right now! Options on some ETFs trade almost as actively as the underlying ETFs themselves. Selling covered calls is a traditional way that [more…]

Patience Pays When Investing in ETFs

The flip side of flipping ETFs is buying and holding them, which is almost certain, in the long run, to bring results far superior to market timing. It’s the corollary to choosing ETFs over stocks. Study [more…]

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