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Retirement

As the ETF industry continues to grow, more and more investors are embracing the exchange traded-product wrapper. From individual to institutional investors, and even 401(k) plans, ETF usage has skyrocketed exponentially as more are drawn to the structure’s transparency, low-cost, and efficiency. Though the majority of ETF trading is done by institutional players, the industry has seen an uptick in individuals using these products to build core buy-and-hold retirement portfolios [see Owning the Market Isn't As Easy as it Sounds]. [click to continue…]

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The rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry has brought to market more than 1,500 products for investors to choose from. Most, however, use only a handful of ETFs to build a well-diversified portfolio, but there is an entire line of products that takes this strategy to the extreme, offering access to a complete portfolio through a single equity ticker [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [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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Exchange-traded funds have made it easy for individual investors to affordably invest in nearly anything. From hard commodity ETFs to international equity ETFs, individual investors have access to corners of the market that were previously accessible to only institutions. But, ETFs have also made it easy to invest in a targeted portfolio of common stocks […]

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ETF Vs Mutual Fund: How Expenses Stack Up

by on January 8, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

Since their inception, ETFs have become more and more popular in part because they are very cheap, often charging management fees that are considerably lower than older investment vehicles. Mutual funds are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to management costs eating into investment returns, and consequently they are losing a huge number of clients […]

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ETF Plays To Heed Bill Gross’ Warnings

by on September 10, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

Since the unprecedented financial crash of 2008, investors have witnessed some of the most radical and controversial practices being adopted by our central bank to save our sputtering economy. Perhaps the most sensational of the measures taken were the infamous quantitative easing programs, where the Fed proceeded to “monetize” the debt by printing  massive amounts […]

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The rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry has brought to market some of the most useful and intriguing products for all walks of investors. With more than 1,400 ETPs offering exposure to just about every asset class, investment strategy, and developed and emerging economy, the potential portfolio combinations are endless. Although investors can dip into […]

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When the Federal Reserve announced recently that it plans to keep key interest rates at nearly zero until 2014, it hardly came as a surprise. With the economic recovery still in a very fragile state and inflationary pressures remaining tame, record low interest rates are expected to hang around for quite a while. While stock […]

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2011 has rattled investors’ confidence as sluggish economic growth in the developed world was complemented with resurfacing European debt woes and deficit drama on the home front. With clouds of uncertainty gathering on all fronts, investors have been scrambling for safe haven exposure, although volatile trading has plagued virtually every corner of the market. Unfavorable […]

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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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A new all-ETF model portfolio is now available to ETFdb Pro members; the Aggressive ETFdb Portfolio offers a broad-based collection of ETFs constructed with bullish investors in mind who are willing and able to stomach great amounts of volatility, in exchange for potentially lucrative returns. A high risk/return investment strategy focuses on heavy allocation to […]

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As the ETF world has grown over the past few years, investors have had the opportunity to access a number of different asset classes that were once off-limits to the average investor. Products targeting a number of currencies, commodities, and emerging markets that were at one time inaccessible to all but the biggest and most powerful investors […]

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