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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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Over time, the up and comers of the market have demonstrated the potential for better risk-adjusted returns than larger cap stocks in certain economic environments. If you want capital growth, the small cap equity asset class is the place to be; however, picking individual small cap stocks that will outperform is no easy task. These higher volatility, lower volume equities present an unfavorable risk/reward when evaluated individually, leading investors to consider ETFs to gain small cap exposure for their portfolio [see also Seven Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolios]. [click to continue…]

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Charles Schwab continued the ETF industry’s downward pressure on fees by announcing last week that it is drastically reducing the expense ratios charged by several of its exchange-traded products. Schwab, which pioneered the concept of commission-free trading for ETFs within the last few years, joins a long list of issuers who have reduced fees in […]

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Back To Basics: 7 ETFs For Long-Term Investors

by on November 29, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

New exchange traded products continue to debut on the market by the cartload, as issuers have been ramping up activity on the product development front while ongoing innovation in the ETF industry is paving the way for one of a kind, first-to-market products. Investors can implement any number of strategies across a multitude of asset […]

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Free ETF Trading: Comparing All The Options

by on October 22, 2010 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF world continues to grow, the competitive landscape continues to evolve. A growing number of firms have attempted to differentiate themselves by offering unique exposure to asset classes and strategies not previously available–such as funds tracking the Philippine stock market or ETNs linked to the price of industrial metals such as zinc or […]

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Charles Schwab may be a relative newcomer to the exchange-traded fund game, but the San Francisco-based firm has made quite a splash since wading into the ETF waters late last year. On Monday, Schwab shook up the industry again, announcing that it was reducing the expense ratios on six ETFs, or three quarters of its […]

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Charles Schwab, the long time discount broker that made its initial foray into the ETF market late last year, is expand its ETF product line with the addition of two new funds: the Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE) and the Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF (SCHC). These new ETFs join Schwab’s International Equity ETF […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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Charles Schwab has expanded its line of low cost ETFs from four to six, adding the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG) and Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Value ETF (SCHV) to its lineup on Friday. Similar to the four funds launched in November, these large cap ETFs can be bought and sold commission free online in […]

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Earlier this month, Chrales Schwab caught the attention of cost-conscious investors everywhere when the company announced the launch of its low-cost (or in some cases, “no-cost”) exchange-traded funds. With more than 5 million clients and over $1.3 trillion in assets, Schwab is one of the largest investment advisory and brokerage firms in the world, but […]

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Charles Schwab, one of the country’s largest asset managers with more than $200 billion in assets under management, has made quite an entrance into the ETF arena. The San Francisco-based company announced the launch of its first eight exchange-traded funds, including four that will begin trading on Tuesday. Each of the exchange-traded products from Schwab […]

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