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State Street has made a few minor changes to its ETF lineup, ditching Dow Jones indexes in favor of benchmarks maintained by Standard & Poor’s for its broad-based domestic equity funds. Historically, the SPDR ETFs offering exposure to U.S. stock markets had been a bit of a hodgepodge, with the ultra-popular SPY and MDY linked to S&P indexes (the S&P 500 and S&P MidCap 400, respectively), and Dow Jones indexes filling out the rest of the cap/style matrix. Effective last week, the following changes went into effect: [click to continue…]

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Although most U.S. investors build their portfolios around a core of large cap domestic equities, small-cap firms, which generally have a market capitalization’s under $2 billion, are a vital component as well. Because small cap stocks tend to have smaller customer bases, shorter operating histories, and less cash on hand, they are often more volatile than their large cap counterparts. But because they possess greater growth potential, small caps also carry potential for greater returns. [click to continue…]

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Charles Schwab, one of the world’s best known and largest asset management firms, recently took another step towards finally breaking into the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. Earlier this month, Schwab filed paperwork with the SEC to launch nine ETFs. The proposed funds will have the benefit of the Schwab name (and the tremendous resources that come […]

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