Consistent followers of the ETF Talk will recognize this week’s return to the world of real estate investment trusts (REITs). A REIT is a company that invests in real estate and gains revenue by renting it out to other organizations. REITs are required by law to distribute a large portion of their profits to shareholders, […]
This week’s ETF Talk returns us to the realm of large American companies. There are a variety of ways to track the S&P 500 in exchange-traded fund (ETF) form, and this week’s featured fund offers a similar approach to those we have highlighted in recent weeks. But this one is a Vanguard fund, Vanguard S&P […]
The first idea that might come to the mind of a rookie investor would be to invest in companies that seem most likely to grow significantly and benefit from a resulting rise in their share prices. The simple strategy is by no means a bad one. In fact, a number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) use […]
India is doing great. The population is well educated, the demographics are fabulous and the political leadership is pro market and generally committed to implementing pro-growth economic policies. Now, recall that last year we pounded the table on the Chinese bull market, while telling you about the numerous ETFs you could use to gain exposure […]
One of the many uses of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is their ability to allow investors exposure to commodities without having to worry about futures contracts or owning the underlying physical commodity. The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) is one such ETF, giving investors the capability to invest in physical gold bullion without having to handle buying […]
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At the beginning of the year, I told Weekly ETF Report readers, as well as subscribers to my Successful ETF Investing newsletter, that I thought 2015 would be the year that international ETFs would outperform domestic ETFs. So far, that prediction has proved prescient, as a widely held international ETF, the iShares MSCI EAFE Index […]
Many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer a special focus. One way such funds accomplish this goal is by investing in stocks on a market-capitalization basis. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM), which exclusively holds small-cap positions, uses this method. IWN models its portfolio after the Russell 2000 Index, a widely used market measure that tracks 2,000 […]
The start to the 2015 market certainly has been a wild ride. Steep declines in stocks due to a huge drop in oil prices characterized most of January, but a February rally by the bulls brought stocks back to new highs in the S&P 500 and turned the tables on the timid bears. Now, more […]
Investing in overseas markets is often seen as risky. This series on the top 20 largest exchange-traded funds (ETFs) already has covered one useful fund for diversifying with foreign markets, but today we’ll discuss an alternative you may find more appealing — the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM). EEM’s holdings are based on an […]
As I’ve been telling you for the past couple of weeks, I recently attended the largest meeting of the ETF minds in the country, the Inside ETFs Conference. This huge event had nearly 2,000 attendees, all focused on how to make the most of ETF investing. There was a tremendous lineup of speakers, a wide […]