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Under the Hood of “Target Retirement Date” ETFs

by on May 25, 2009 | Updated May 26, 2009

The exchange-traded fund industry has enjoyed explosive growth in recent years due to the significant advantages of these investment vehicles over traditional mutual funds and individual securities. Perhaps most notably, ETFs offer investors a cost-efficient mechanism to gain access to a diversified basket of securities. ETFs allow investors to create a well-diversified investment portfolio by holding only a handful of assets. A relatively new ETF innovation, however, takes this efficiency to the extreme – offering access to a complete portfolio through a single ETF. [click to continue…]

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Top 10 Investing Rules of Thumb

by on May 3, 2009 | Updated December 4, 2012

Not too long ago, J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly posted 25 Useful Financial Rules of Thumb. These guidelines are designed to help everyday people do more with their finances. We wanted to expand on that idea and make a more investing-specific list, with useful  rules of thumb for the everyday, buy-and-hold ETF/index fund investor. Here are 10 investing rules of thumb that can help you make the most of your long-term ETF portfolio [for further reading also Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]: [click to continue…]

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Founded in 2001, Dave Fry’s ETF Digest was among the first Web sites to cover ETFs. Mr. Fry began tracking these securities in 1996, and his trading programs are based on his technical analysis of their intermediate and long-term price movements. He has been featured and quoted in leading financial publications, including Barron’s, Investor’s Business […]

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When the economy tanks, Treasury bills become a very popular investment. The downside is, when you combine increased demand for government bonds with very low inflation, these same Treasury bills pay extremely low rates of return. So low, in fact, that their real returns would virtually wiped out (and possibly turned negative) should inflation return […]

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