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Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a Federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of workers all around the country, typically by giving workers the day off. In that spirit, we wanted to outline some of the hardest working ETFs listed in the U.S. and those that have been able to rise above the fold. Below, we display some of the most successful ETFs across the industry: [click to continue…]

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ETF Alternatives to the Most Popular Mutual Funds

by on June 11, 2014 | Updated June 12, 2014

With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds on the market, investors can easily tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe. Prior to ETFs, investors turned to mutual funds to gain diversified exposure to both equity and bond markets. In this piece, we take a look at the five largest and most popular mutual funds, highlighting compelling ETF alternatives [Be sure to check out our Free Mutual Fund to ETF Converter Tool]. [click to continue…]

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Want A Simple, 3-ETF Portfolio? Here Are 25 Of Them

by on July 24, 2013 | Updated February 25, 2014

Exchange-traded products have found their way into countless portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced these financial instruments for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and unparalleled transparency.

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This year has shaped out to be quite kind for equity investors as bullish price action remains the dominant theme on Wall Street. iShares is looking to take advantage of all the euphoria with their latest product launch aimed at investors in search of  a “core” holding to fill out their portfolio’s equity component; the […]

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2012 has been a hectic year around the world, but the U.S. has been especially busy this year. We saw two new QE programs, the re-election of Barack Obama, the hottest year on record, extreme weather, and much more. But even still, markets have turned in a solid performance for the year, despite teetering on […]

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FlexShares, the Chicago-based ETF issuer that has seen assets surge over the past year, announced last week an expansion of its relatively narrow product lineup. The company is launching two additional ETFs that “tilt” exposure towards small cap and value stocks, adding funds targeting emerging markets and developed markets outside of the United States to […]

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Ultimate Guide To VTI

by on September 19, 2012 | Updated October 18, 2012

Cheap and easy diversification are two staples of the exchange-traded product structure, which have helped make this the preferred investment vehicle for investors of all walks. ETFs have made their way into countless portfolios as many have embraced the cost-efficient nature of these financial instruments, which now cover virtually every corner of the global market. As such, adding […]

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101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn

by on May 23, 2012 | Updated June 12, 2014

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have burst on to the scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s, raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and prompting a major shift towards indexing strategies in the process. ETFs have empowered financial advisors (FAs), registered investment advisors (RIAs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), money managers, and retail investors […]

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At times, it seems as if the number of ETFs available to U.S. investors will soon exceed the number of stars in the sky. That might be overstating things a bit, but the pace of expansion in the ETF industry has truly been impressive over the last several years. With multiple products seemingly debuting every […]

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ETFs: The $10 Billion Club

by on January 11, 2012

It is no secret that the ETF industry is dominated by just a handful of products. The majority of the $1 trillion plus assets are confined to roughly 100 funds, leaving the other 1,300 ETFs in the dust. But as growth in the industry continues to pick up, more and more funds are entering elite […]

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This past year was the most active ever for the exchange traded industry in terms of product development; the launch of more than 300 new products shattered the record set in 2010. And innovation continues to run high in the industry; the creativity of issuers is still impressive, as many of the ETFs that have […]

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The Top 10 Cheapest And Most Expensive ETFs

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated November 2, 2012

One of the founding principles of the ETF industry was cost competitiveness; after being charged upwards of 150 basis points for their favorite mutual funds, investors had grown tired of surrendering a substantial portion of their gains to the managers of big name funds. Now, there are ETFs that charge as low as 5 basis […]

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