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With the wallet-heavy holidays just around the corner, now is a great time for investors to see just where they are spending their money. ETF expense ratios often go unnoticed by investors, assumed to be a necessary cost of playing the game, but many expensive ETFs have a cheaper competitor product. Whether you hope to find extra income for presents or maybe justify turning the heat up to 80 degrees, if investors are spending too much on ETFs with high expense ratios, they are losing money [for ETF industry news, sign up for the free ETFdb Newsletter].

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Equity markets have taken a wild ride this past year as everything from an unimaginable earthquake in Japan to a looming debt crisis in Europe has taken its toll on investors’ confidence. As 2011 draws to a close, many are left scratching their heads in confusion and uncertainty, given the predominantly gloomy economic outlook that many are expecting for the new year. Financial behemoth UBS has issued its economic outlook for 2012 along with a set of conservative investment principles that are sure to please the defensive-minded crowd worrisome of continuing economic turmoil.

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Financial advisors and individual investors who have embraced ETFs are generally painted as a cost conscious crowd, passing over expensive active mutual funds in favor of cheap indexing strategies. In general ETFs are considerably cheaper than mutual funds, thanks not only to the indexing strategy but also to the more efficient exchange-traded structure. But not […]

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Commodity ETPs can be extremely powerful tools for tapping into an asset class capable of providing both return enhancement and diversification benefits. With dozens of products available–there are more than 120 U.S.-listed commodity ETFs according to the ETF screener–picking the right fund for your investment objectives and risk tolerances can be challenging. Beyond the type […]

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Any investor who hasn’t been living under a rock probably has some idea as to why the ETF industry has been expanding so quickly over the last several years. Intra-day liquidity, enhanced tax efficiencies, and a degree of transparency not available in many other structures are all common causes of the explosive growth in both […]

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When running down the benefits of constructing a portfolio with ETFs, most investors will touch on the potential for enhanced tax efficiency, intra-day liquidity, and transparency in holdings. But the biggest benefit, in the minds of those accustomed to using primarily actively-managed mutual funds, are the low expense ratios. Most passively-indexed ETFs charge fees equal […]

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Ten New Years’ Resolutions For ETF Investors

by on December 30, 2010 | Updated January 3, 2011

With 2011 just around the corner, tis the season for pledges to better everything from health to wealth to happiness in the coming year. Below, we offer up ten New Years’ Resolutions for ETF investors looking to cut expenses, round out their portfolios, and maximize returns in 2011 [for more ETF insights, sign up for […]

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Ten Commandments Of ETF Investing

by on October 21, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2014

As ETFs have burst on to the scene in the early 2010s and worked their way into the investing mainstream, the number of products available and complexity of exposure offered has increased significantly. Advisors and investors have taken steps to educate themselves on the ins and outs of ETFs, but many are still scrambling to play […]

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The first quarter of 2010 was one of the most active periods in recent memory for the ETF industry. Approximately 60 new funds hit the market during this three month period, continuing the impressive expansion and innovation that has become standard in a space that has huge potential (see the March ETF Roundup). This trend […]

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The rise of the ETF industry is often attributed (in large part at least) to a shift in investor preference from pricey active management to low-cost indexing strategies. ETFs burst on to the investment scene by offering fees equivalent to only a fraction of those charged by traditional actively-managed mutual funds, and have continued to […]

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Five Critical Questions To Ask When Investing In ETFs

by on February 11, 2010 | Updated July 7, 2014

ETFs surged in popularity in the late 2000s in part because of the numerous advantages they offer over traditional actively-managed mutual funds: lower costs, potential tax efficiencies, intraday trading, and enhanced transparency. But ETFs aren’t without potential drawbacks of their own. Although most funds appear relatively simple on the surface, there are some rather complex […]

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Thursday marked the first day of trading for the UBS E-TRACS S&P 500 Gold Hedged ETN (SPGH), a unique product that offering investors exposure to large cap equities along with a hedge against a declining U.S. dollar. SPGH will track the S&P 500 Gold Hedged Index, a benchmark designed to measure the performance of an […]

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