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Under The Microscope

Over the years, ETFs have become one of the most popular tools for investors looking to build cheap, efficient, and diversified portfolios. While there are several more “exotic” and hyper-targeted options, the most popular funds are still those that feature broad-based exposure – the core,  “plain vanilla” products. The iShares brand is well known for providing core exchange-traded funds, which are designed to be used as building blocks for investor portfolios. One of its funds, however, aims to put a twist on the traditional core portfolio: the MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL). [click to continue…]

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As the ETF universe continues to expand, the number of funds available at investors’ fingertips can be overwhelming. Keeping up with new launches while having the time to study previous products can be quite a tall order. In an effort to shed more light on some of the products out there that are flying under the radar for many investors, below we’ll take a deeper dive into a unique fund; more specifically, we’re taking a look at the U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL) from QuantShares [click to continue…]

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The ETF universe has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years as issuers continue to roll out investment vehicles for investors of all types. When it comes time to finding the right product for your portfolio, having too many choices at your fingertips can make the security-selection process all the more intimidating; with over 1,600 […]

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Though the technology sector has always been a hub for innovation and exponential growth, one sub-sector in particular has created plenty of buzz on Wall Street in recent years: social media. From Facebook (FB) to LinkedIn (LNKD) to Twitter (TWTR), investors are seeing more and more of these social media companies become worthwhile investments.

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The Complete History of the SPY

by on July 25, 2013 | Updated April 21, 2014

The S&P 500 SPDR is the oldest and best-known exchange-traded fund. Here’s a quick primer on the history of SPY, by the numbers: Vital Stats

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Since the introduction of the S&P 500 ETF in January of 1993, the ETF industry has continued to gain popularity, offering investment products in almost every imaginable segment of the global economy. There are more than 1,400 ETF products on the market in the U.S., and almost 50 ETF issuers. Invesco PowerShares is one of those […]

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Emerging markets exposure has become a staple in countless portfolios over the past few years as the proliferation of ETFs has democratized previously difficult-to-reach segments of the global market. While many have shed their home country bias, diversifying your portfolio geographically remains a hurdle for investors who remain hesitant to dip their toes overseas. On the other […]

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As the economy continues to show positive signs of recovery, investors are becoming bolder with their funds, even returning to an industry that many blame for the situation we are in now. Big or small, not all banks were able to weather the liquidity stress tests the last five years have put them through, but […]

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The Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK) tracks the MSCI Europe Index and is one of the most cost effective ways to gain exposure to the leading companies based in Europe. Overall, developed European markets can offer a comparable risk and return profile to U.S. stocks, while still helping investors to geographically diversify their portfolio’s equity […]

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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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Relative Strength ETFs: What You Need To Know

by on September 14, 2012 | Updated September 20, 2012

Countless investors have embraced ETFs in their portfolios thanks to the cost-efficient and easy-to-use nature of these financial instruments. Aside from serving as excellent core building blocks in long-term and retirement-themed portfolios, ETFs have also gained popularity among investors seeking out tactical exposure. One particular breed of products from industry veteran PowerShares has continued to […]

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The proliferation of ETFs has opened up the investable universe to virtually anyone with a brokerage account; novice investors can trade alongside seasoned money managers in any number of asset classes that were previously simply out-of-reach for most, with everything from emerging markets bonds to commodities and in between. With innovation comes complexity, however, and […]

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