This Week In ETFs: Three ETF Blogs Worth Bookmarking

by on February 5, 2012

For advisors and individual investors looking to further their “ETF education,” there is an abundance of material within reach that covers both elementary and advanced aspects of ETF investing. Unfortunately, there’s also quite a bit of bad information out there as well–and separating the wheat from the chaff is sometimes a tall task. Below are three blogs that deliver valuable education about exchange-traded funds as well as insights into current market conditions: 

1. iShares Blog

This blog maintained by iShares covers a wide range of topics, both related to exchange-traded funds and more general commentary on the current economic environment. One of the more useful parts of this site is a video detailing what iShares calls the “Aha Moment” of understanding ETF liquidity. For advisors and individual investors who tend to steer clear low volume ETPs, this feature could shed some light on a commonly misunderstood element of ETFs. 

Much of this site is not related exclusively to ETFs, but rather to current trends in the U.S. and international economy and insights into what the short-term and long-term may hold for investors. Recent features include commentary on ETP naming conventions, a case against long-term Treasuries, and thoughts on what Mitt Romney means for the U.S. economy. 

2. ETF Fact Or Fiction

This site, maintained by State Street, was launched to dispel some of the myths surrounding ETFs. Though much of the publicity surrounding exchange-traded funds has been positive, there have been some rather significant misconceptions about ETFs over the years as well. From the role of ETFs in the Flash Crash to concerns about share lending and the likelihood of ETFs “collapsing,” a number of topics have been handled incorrectly by the media–which has led to some undue anxiety about using ETFs. 

ETF Fact Or Fiction features a number of educational pieces useful for both individual investors and financial advisors, ranging from the relatively simple (Fundamentals of Exchange-Traded Funds) to more advanced (Understanding the Securities Lending Process). 

3. Rick Ferri’s Blog

This blog provides commentary from a slightly different angle; Rick is a veteran of the investment management industry whose firm oversees more than $1 billion in assets. Written by one of the “early adopters” of ETFs and a major proponent of low cost investing, this blog delivers insights on everything from the impact of the Fed’s latest moves to the explosion of “better beta” ETFs that have hit the market in recent years to insights on building wealth over the long-term. 

If you’re a money manager, you probably won’t like the recent post on the absurdity of advisor fees–described as “the last bastion of gluttony in the investment industry.” But if you’re an individual investor forking over 1% to a money manager, it’s a must read. 

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.