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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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Over time, the up and comers of the market have demonstrated the potential for better risk-adjusted returns than larger cap stocks in certain economic environments. If you want capital growth, the small cap equity asset class is the place to be; however, picking individual small cap stocks that will outperform is no easy task. These higher volatility, lower volume equities present an unfavorable risk/reward when evaluated individually, leading investors to consider ETFs to gain small cap exposure for their portfolio [see also Seven Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolios]. [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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When it comes to portfolio allocations strategies, for years small-cap equities have found their way into many investors’s portfolios, proving to be a useful and potentially lucrative allocation. The investment thesis behind small caps is that these firms are likely to provide strong growth prospects and should have a much easier time growing than their large-cap […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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