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ETF Alternatives to the Most Popular Mutual Funds

by on June 11, 2014 | Updated June 12, 2014

With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds on the market, investors can easily tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe. Prior to ETFs, investors turned to mutual funds to gain diversified exposure to both equity and bond markets. In this piece, we take a look at the five largest and most popular mutual funds, highlighting compelling ETF alternatives [Be sure to check out our Free Mutual Fund to ETF Converter Tool]. [click to continue…]


Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as uncertainty over the looming Fed taper continues to take its toll on investors’ confidence. Adding to the clouds of uncertainty are mixed data releases; durable goods orders plunged a worrisome 7.3% in July while consumer confidence improved from last month’s reading, sending investors mixed signals about what the Fed’s next move might be.

Amid the tug of war between the bulls and the bears, First Trust added the International Multi-Asset Diversified Income Index Fund (YDIV) to its lineup of dividend-focused strategies; the new ETF began trading on the NASDAQ on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 [see 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor]. [click to continue…]

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Over the last three years, Wall Street has witnessed a tremendous shift in the investment environment. Investors are slowly adopting riskier appetites as they continue to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, allowing bullish momentum to become a more dominant force in the markets. But while most asset classes have fared relatively well over the […]

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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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AdvisorShares continued a busy week on the product development front, following up the launch of three Madrona funds earlier in the week with the debut of the Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF (MATH). The newest actively-managed ETF will be sub-advised by American Wealth Management, and will be structured as an ETF-of-ETFs that invests in other exchange-traded […]

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The dawn of the second quarter of 2011 has seemingly brought a fresh round of momentum to the active ETF space, as the logjam at the SEC has been broken–at least initially–and some major names in both the ETF and mutual fund space have inched closer towards rolling out actively-managed ETFs. State Street, the issuer […]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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Once investors have narrowed down the universe of 900+ exchange-traded products to those that could potentially match the risk/return profile they’re seeking, the real work begins (see Five Free Tools For Finding The Right ETF). When comparing ETFs to find the best fit for a portfolio, one of the metrics most frequently analyzed is the […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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10 ETFs That Don’t Exist, But Should

by on September 9, 2009 | Updated June 24, 2010

The ETF industry has expanded by leaps and bounds in recent years, with new issuers entering the arena and countless new product launches that offer investors the ability to gain exposure to various geographic regions and investment styles. The first ETFs were essentially “plain vanilla” products that mirrored widely-followed equity benchmarks. Today, the vast majority […]

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