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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ETFs Then And Now

by on December 19, 2012

As the calendars get ready to flip to 2013, another chapter in the relatively short history of ETFs will be written. Next year will mark the official 20th birthday for ETFs, as SPY will enter its third decade as a publicly traded security.

It’s remarkable to see just how much the ETF industry has changed over the past five years; it wasn’t that long ago that the very survival of ETFs was seriously debated and many investors were skeptical that these securities would ever catch on. Below, we highlight some of the differences between the end of 2007 and now: [click to continue…]

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In the current environment, there are many investors who are seeking out dividend-paying stocks to be core holdings within their portfolios as a way to both reduce overall volatility and enhance yield. Many investors are attracted to dividend-paying stocks since dividend payouts are often a sign that the stock is a healthy investment. Additionally, dividends are a way for investors to increase their overall profit made by investing. Dividend stocks allow investors to continue earning money, even if the stock price declines slightly [see Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio].

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101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor

by on December 6, 2012 | Updated January 23, 2014

With interest expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once the core of income strategies. Gone are the days of Treasuries and high quality corporates yielding in excess of 5%; in the new era, sub-1% yields are […]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty (though nothing compared to recent years), prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of booming markets is […]

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Innovation has become standard in the ETF industry over the past several years, as a wide range of issuers have launched new and exciting products and pushed the envelope in their efforts to deliver a superior investing vehicle. As those investors in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving, we highlight seven innovations for which we’re particularly grateful […]

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The S&P 500 is one of the most widely-followed indexes in the world, offering exposure to a basket of U.S. stocks that includes many of the world’s largest corporations. As such, the S&P 500 is a core of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios; it isn’t uncommon for this index to make up a substantial portion of […]

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It’s a little more than a week out, but one of the biggest losers from the 2012 elections so far has been the entities responsible for transporting oil and gas across North America and storing petroleum products. Master Limited Partnerships have seen a string of steep sell-offs in recent days, erasing the impressive gains that […]

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As we barrel towards the Niagara Falls of all fiscal cliffs, investors seem fairly certain that additional volatility is in store for the next few months. What is less clear, however, are the strategies that can be effective in insulating portfolios from a surge in uncertainty-related volatility over the next several weeks [see also Free Report: How […]

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RBS made a significant expansion to its lineup of ETNs this week with the debut of five products offering exposure to commodity indexes bearing the name of legendary hard asset investor Jim Rogers. The new products include a broad-based ETN as well as resource-specific notes linked to certain types of natural resources [see Everything You […]

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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of […]

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Yield, it seems, continues to be on the minds of investors everywhere. With interest rates continuing to hug record lows, finding meaningful current returns has become a continuous struggles for a wide range of investors. Many asset classes that traditionally supply meaningful yields have dried up, sending investors on a quest for alternatives that can […]

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The last two earnings season have seen a familiar pattern play out: companies of all shapes and sizes are consistently beating Street estimates on earnings, but falling short on revenue forecasts. In many cases, revenue is coming out either flat or even down compared to the same period in the prior year. There’s a growing […]

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