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Five ETFs To Give Your Portfolio Much-Needed Diversification

by on February 23, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

As seasoned investors know, any potential investment must be evaluated not on a stand-alone basis but on its contribution to an overall portfolio. In addition to considering the risk and return profile of a particular asset, the relationship between that asset and the other holdings of the investor is of vital importance in the construction of an efficient portfolio. The addition of assets that maintain low or negative correlations with other portfolio components can add valuable diversification benefits [see 1,400+ ETFdb Realtime Ratings]. [click to continue…]

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Ten iShares ETFs Every Investor Should Know (But Most Don’t)

by on February 10, 2010 | Updated February 11, 2010

San Francisco-based iShares, which was acquired by BlackRock from Barclays last year, has more than 180 U.S.-listed ETFs. But the distribution of assets is far from even across these funds. At the end of 2009, the ten largest iShares ETFs–only about five percent of the issuer’s product line–accounted for 50% of total assets. So there’s obviously a lot more to the iShares product line than the handful of mega-tickers–IVV, EFA, TIP, and AGG, just to name a few–that every ETF investor knows. Below, we highlight ten iShares ETFs that may deserve a closer look for inclusion in your portfolio. [click to continue…]

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ETFs experienced a rocky week, as president Obama gave his first State of The Union Address and Apple debuted its much anticipated tablet computer, the iPad. In other news, Ben Bernanke won a secnd term after passing Senate confirmation in a 70-30 vote. Below, we offer our picks for the week’s most important and interesting […]

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San Francisco-based iShares, the market leader with more than 185 U.S. listed ETFs, announced on Monday the launch of its latest product, the iShares Diversified Alternatives Trust. Unlike most iShares products that seek to track the performance of an underlying benchmark, the Diversified Alternatives Trust seeks to maximize absolute returns from investments with historically low […]

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