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ETF Theory And Guides

So much has happened this year on Wall Street. From news of Bill Gross’s PIMCO departure to the official end of QE, investors have certainly had their fair share of headlines to digest. But perhaps the most insightful and entertaining news (and advice) came via social media this year. Below, we highlight 2014′s top financial tweets. [click to continue…]


The year 2008 was one of the worst stretches Wall Street had seen in some time. The Great Recession was in full force and caused major benchmarks to lose as much as 30% for the calendar year. But over that time, there were a number of securities and funds that came away with positive returns. While past performance is not indicative of future results, taking a look at a list of those that stood strong in the face of adversity may be a helpful exercise for the next correction. [click to continue…]


While it is fair to say that the ETF industry as a whole has changed the investing world, there are also specific products that have changed the investing world forever. Here, we outline five ETFs that forever changed Wall Street upon their debut.


One of the most important indicators that investors rely on to gauge the health of the housing market is the new home sales report. Released at the end of every month by the U.S. Census Bureau, the new home sales report showcases the number of new single-family homes that were sold during the prior month. […]


We took a look at the performance of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on the day of the release of every non-farm payrolls report since the recession ended in 2009. The results had some obvious findings, but also some surprising ones.


5 Charts to Put Mutual Fund Expenses in Perspective

by on July 8, 2014 | Updated December 8, 2014

ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios in recent years as investors of all sizes and experience levels have grown to embrace the instant diversification, unparalleled transparency, and intraday liquidity that these financial instruments have to offer. Another reason, and perhaps the more obvious one, that has prompted many to jump ship from mutual […]


When the Fine Print Matters for ETF Investors

by on June 11, 2014 | Updated July 2, 2014

In the world of finance, with innovation comes complexity, and ETFs are no exception to this rule even in light of their unparalleled ease-of-use and cost-efficiency.


The notion of “panic selling” is one phenomenon that continues to pose a challenge for even the most seasoned market veterans; after all, one of the most difficult feats an investor can pull off is to remain calm and collected in the face of volatile trading and rampant pessimism in the marketplace.


Timeless ETF Lessons And Educational Articles

by on May 9, 2014 | Updated December 8, 2014

To become a successful ETF investor, an important step is to educate yourself on the theory behind ETFs and the trading strategies that are used by ETF investors. Below are our best timeless educational articles that will teach you everything you need to know about ETF investing. Our Theory and Guides section digs into exchange-traded funds, […]


What Is An ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund)?

by on February 14, 2013 | Updated January 16, 2015

An exchange-traded fund is an investment vehicle that trades on an exchange. Like a mutual fund, an ETF is a bundle of securities, but instead of being priced based on net assets at the end of each trading day, ETFs are listed on intraday trading exchanges and can be bought and sold throughout the day. […]


ETF Performance: Weight Isn’t Everything

by on February 13, 2013 | Updated May 23, 2014

When it comes to choosing which ETF is right for you, one of the top considerations of many investors is how exactly the fund’s underlying index is constructed. Selection and weighting methodologies vary drastically from fund to fund, with the differences often making significant impacts on bottom line returns. Traditional market capitalization weightings were once the […]


10 Questions About ETFs You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask

by on February 5, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

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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