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Domestic equity indexes have been grinding sideways all week as mixed economic reports and looming uncertainty over the Fed’s next move have weighed on euphoria levels. The bulls and bears have been at odds all week as lackluster economic growth in Japan has collided with the first positive quarter in the eurozone, making for a mixed international landscape amid a data-heavy week on the home front [see Visual Guide: Major Index Returns By Year].

Amid the tug of war on Wall Street, industry giant Charles Schwab is expanding its core equity lineup with “fundamental” products that go beyond traditional market capitalization-weighted ETFs. [click to continue…]

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10 Questions About ETFs You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask

by on February 5, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

As the exchange-traded world continues to expand, many investors find themselves asking the same questions about how these products work. Of course, not everyone is as vocal about their curiosities, leaving a number of unanswered questions in the space. In an ongoing effort to keep you educated about the ETF world, we mapped out ten questions you may have been too afraid to ask [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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As the ETF industry continues to develop, many investors have begun to move away from the more “traditional” funds in favor of ETFs that employ unique methodologies that are aimed at delivering potentially higher returns. Of the most noteworthy and popular innovations has been the development of alternative weighting strategies, specifically the RAFI methodology [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Advisor […]

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PowerShares, one of the largest ETF issuers by assets, made the latest step in its push towards alternative index products on Thursday. The company converted seven existing products from its “Dynamic” ETF suite to Fundamental Pure Style ETFs that seek to replicate RAFI benchmarks. In addition the company will introduce two new ETFs, including the […]

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Rob Arnott is the founder of Research Affiliates, a global leader in innovative investing and asset allocation strategies. The firm is perhaps best known for its role in developing fundamentally-weighted indexes that utilize the RAFI methodology. This strategy involves selecting and weighting securities by fundamental measures of company size, as opposed to market capitalization. The […]

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The PowerShares FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 Portfolio (PRF) recently passed its five year milestone, a period during which the fundamentally-weighted product outperformed many more popular market-cap weighted ETFs. PRF debuted in December 2005, and for the five year period ended December 31, 2010 it achieved a cumulative total return of 23.1% (based on NAV). That […]

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For ETF Investors, The Details Matter

by on January 10, 2011 | Updated June 30, 2014

When constructing a portfolio, most investors focus on the decisions that seem to have the most significant impact on the risk/return profile delivered. How much should be allocated to stocks vs. bonds? What breakdown between developed and emerging markets is desired? What sectors should be overweight, and which should be avoided? These decisions obviously go […]


ProShares, the Maryland-based ETF issuer known as a pioneer of leveraged exchange-traded products, announced today the latest addition to its product line. Like many of the new products hitting the market in recent weeks, the ProShares RAFI Long/Short (RALS) will be the first of its kind. RALS will seek to replicate the RAFI U.S. Equity […]

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Ten Commandments Of ETF Investing

by on October 21, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2014

As ETFs have burst on to the scene in the early 2010s and worked their way into the investing mainstream, the number of products available and complexity of exposure offered has increased significantly. Advisors and investors have taken steps to educate themselves on the ins and outs of ETFs, but many are still scrambling to play […]


The meteoric rise of the ETF industry–and to a smaller extent the introduction of index mutual funds some 20 years earlier–has had the effect of transforming indexes from hypothetical measures of performance into investable assets. As indexing strategies continue to gain more widespread acceptance with all levels of investors, the scrutiny of construction and maintenance […]

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ETFs started March on a high note, as major indexes gained over 1% for the week. This increase came after a job market report saw the unemployment rate hold steady, slightly exceeding expectations. Industrials and technology stocks were some of the best performers as 1,000 jobs were added to the American manufacturing industry and Apple […]

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Does Your Portfolio Need A “RAFI ETF”?

by on March 3, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

In recent years, investors have begun moving away from traditional active management in favor of more cost-efficient indexing strategies. The result has been a tremendous surge in the popularity of ETFs and a serious threat to actively-managed mutual funds that have dominated the investment industry for decades. As market indexes have transitioned from performance benchmarks […]

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