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Exchange-traded funds have made it easy for individual investors to affordably invest in nearly anything. From hard commodity ETFs to international equity ETFs, individual investors have access to corners of the market that were previously accessible to only institutions. But, ETFs have also made it easy to invest in a targeted portfolio of common stocks and bonds by purchasing just a single security. These so-called “total portfolio” ETFs represent a new paradigm that is perfect for many individual investors looking to avoid money managers [see this interactive guide to Finding The Right Target Retirement Date ETF For You]. [click to continue…]

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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 of money. In addition, interest rates have been slashed to record low levels – to an unthinkable zero percent interest rate. And given the fact that the U.S. economy is still sluggish at best, many experts are weighing in on the various asset-purchasing programs and whether or not they agree with the action of the Fed [see also ETF Profile: Credit Suisse 130/30 (CSM)]. [click to continue…]

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The rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry has brought to market some of the most useful and intriguing products for all walks of investors. With more than 1,400 ETPs offering exposure to just about every asset class, investment strategy, and developed and emerging economy, the potential portfolio combinations are endless. Although investors can dip into […]