Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston is the director of ETFdb.com, where he contributes several articles each week. In 2009, after noticing a lack of free, useful analytical resources for ETF investors, Michael co-founded ETFdb.com and set out to build a site that could be used by investors of all types. Over the next several years, Michael oversaw the development of ETFdb's free ETF tools, including the ETF Screener.

Michael is one of the most widely-followed authors in the ETF world, and he is regularly quoted in publications such as Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. His articles are syndicated in a number of online publications, including Fidelity.com, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider. Michael is also a contributor to TheStreet's Real Money product. Michael is a regular on the ETF conference circuit, having hosted panels at events such as Inside ETFs, Super Bowl of Indexing, and Global Indexing and ETFs. Michael also participated in the Barron's Alternative ETF Roundtable. 

Michael graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame, and has completed the exam portion of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Michael lives in Chicago where he's an avid Cubs and Blackhawks fan.

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101 #ETFFunFacts

by on April 17, 2014 | Updated April 22, 2014

The ETF industry has been growing for more than two decades, as exchange traded products have cracked the investing space wide open. With nearly $3 trillion in total global assets, it is clear that these vehicles are here to stay. To better educate our audience, we offer 101 ETF fun facts that many investors probably are not aware of. To share a fun fact, simply click the “Tweet this!” caption next to the phrase. [click to continue…]

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A deal to extend the debt ceiling and reopen the government is emerging. If it passes by tomorrow or shortly thereafter, the economy and markets will be spared the worst case scenario of a technical default. However, Washington’s inability to strike a more substantial bargain will have negative repercussions, over both the short and long term. [click to continue…]

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Russ reviews how the third quarter shaped up vs. his expectations, noting which calls he got right and which he got wrong, and he updates his outlook for this quarter. As I write in my new weekly commentary, the third quarter played out largely to script, although there were some plot twists along the way. [...]

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New ETF Added to ETF Insider Portfolio

by on July 30, 2013

We are adding a new position to the ETFdb Insider portfolio today, which reflects  a bullish position on an asset class that has struggled so far in 2013 but maintains a very promising long-term outlook. Below we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are [...]

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The Complete History of the SPY

by on July 25, 2013 | Updated April 21, 2014

The S&P 500 SPDR is the oldest and best-known exchange-traded fund. Here’s a quick primer on the history of SPY, by the numbers: Vital Stats

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, [...]

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US stocks are off to one of their best starts in years. Most indices are up 10% year to date, prompting many investors to ask: “Are we in another bubble?” The answer is no, at least when it comes to equities. Here are three reasons why: Most metrics suggest US stock valuations are at or [...]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA The S&P 500 rallied over 5% in January, with small and mid-caps doing even better. Market strength continued into mid-February, with the market gaining another 2% between January 31st and the recent high on February 19th. However, as I expected, gains have now become harder to come by. Over the last [...]

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When it comes to investing, many look to industry experts for tips, tricks and advice on the markets. As far as the ETF industry is concerned, plenty have weighed in on these popular investment vehicles, though not all of them brought praise to the table. Below, we outline 20 of the most interesting quotes about [...]

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As the exchange-traded world continues to expand, many investors find themselves asking the same questions about how these products work. Of course, not everyone is as vocal about their curiosities, leaving a number of unanswered questions in the space. In an ongoing effort to keep you educated about the ETF world, we mapped out ten questions [...]

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Over the past several years China has become an increasingly important component of U.S. investor portfolios, as it has become increasingly clear that the Asian economy is positioned to be the primary driver of global GDP growth for the foreseeable future. Those looking for exposure to the massive emerging market have embraced a number of [...]

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Global X, the firm behind the cheapest MLP ETF currently available to U.S. investors, announced today the launch of a fund targeting exclusively junior MLPs. The new Junior MLP ETF (MLPJ) will be linked to the Solactive Junior MLP Index, which includes about 25 companies that are engaged in the production, transportation and storage of [...]

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