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A Sea of Dividends Awaits Thoughtful Investors

June 5, 2015

Yield-oriented investors often choose domestic companies that pay high dividends, but this path may not always be ideal. With current equity valuations, there is some sentiment that the United States may not offer the best potential for stock market returns right now. The U.S. market has been moving sluggishly of late, and better profits may […]

This Fund Pays Dividends

May 29, 2015

A popular category of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) features those that pay dividends. Since ETFs typically do not pay high dividends, the funds that do so set themselves apart from the growing rabble of choices. Today’s ETF Talk focuses on one such dividend fund, Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG). This fund is a bit unique because […]

Boxing in Potential Bond Profits

May 22, 2015

A traditional bond investment could involve purchasing government bonds and mortgage-backed securities with maturity adjusted for the desired level of return. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) could use the same strategy. However, iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) provides another, potentially more rewarding, choice through an aggregation of corporate bonds. LQD gives exposure […]

You Can Bank on This Financials Fund

May 15, 2015

Market trends often affect an entire sector. For instance, biotech recently has been a wild ride for investors. Rather than dive into that uncertain investment pool right now, you may want to consider the financial services sector, which traditionally is an investing cornerstone. One exchange-traded fund (ETF) that can give you exposure to a more […]

Learning to Appreciate Dividends

May 8, 2015

Most investors like the idea of receiving a rising dividend. The virtual guarantee of collecting a higher nominal return each year is intrinsically appealing, and companies that boost their dividends regularly can cultivate a clientele of investors who appreciate the income in return for deploying their capital with a proven performer. Even though an individual […]

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Just Another Low-Risk Bond Fund

May 1, 2015

This week’s ETF Talk addresses another bond-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF), iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG). This fund provides an additional way for investors to pursue stability and income. Compared to last week’s featured fund, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND), AGG has a larger focus on mortgage-backed government securities. AGG certainly is a […]

Bond Fund Offers Safer Haven

April 24, 2015

One of the many uses of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is that they let investors conveniently and accessibly invest assets in markets that trade less frequently. In the search for stability, the bond market stands out as an obvious way to produce income without gaining exposure to volatile fluctuations in share price. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF […]

Seeking Profits in Calmer Waters

April 17, 2015

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to international assets and companies without having to pay big fees or jump through hoops for the privilege of owning foreign securities. This is likely part of the reason international ETFs are popular and can achieve the size of the Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF […]

Mid-Cap Fund Could be a Portfolio Centerpiece

April 10, 2015

Many investors place huge bets on the biggest stocks and the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track them. Those investors may reason that large companies are successful because they are well managed, strong and stable. Other investors seek high returns by betting on smaller companies that have the potential to grow much faster in relatively short […]

Looking for a Bargain in Value Stocks

April 2, 2015

Many investors proclaim the effectiveness of the value-investing strategy. Value investing involves selecting companies whose stock prices seem to be lower than expected, given their fundamental strength and the valuation of similar companies. This investment approach is based on the view that the market will achieve equilibrium in the future and stock prices will rise, […]

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