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A Fund You Can Track on the Ticker Tape

February 13, 2015

This week’s ETF is among the most well known funds in existence. It is the sixth-largest ETF in size and taps into a different but related segment of the domestic market compared to the funds we have discussed so far in this series on the world’s largest ETFs. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) focuses on […]

Toward Smarter-Beta ETFs

February 6, 2015

I recently attended the largest ETF conference in the country, and the nearly 2,000 attendees all were focused on how to make the most of ETF investing. There was a tremendous lineup of speakers, a wide array of topics were discussed and just about every ETF issuer was in attendance. In the weeks to come, […]

A Global Fund Emerges

February 6, 2015

While my previous ETF Talk covered VTI, a fund that spans the entire American market, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) differs by giving investors exposure to a swath of developing nations’ markets. VWO adheres to an index that contains a large number of global companies, varying in size from small to large cap. […]

4 Deeper Ways to Be a Better ETF Investor in 2015

January 30, 2015

During the past three weeks, I’ve offered you suggestions on how to get more from your ETF investing in 2015. This week, I want to finish off our series on deeper ways to be a better investor with a look at the final four techniques to help you succeed with ETFs in the year to come. […]

A Fund That Spans All American Stocks

January 30, 2015

This week’s featured fund is broader than some of those covered previously in our current series about the world’s largest exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The market’s fourth-largest ETF is simply one to invest in when you think times are good and things are looking up across the board in the United States: Vanguard Total Stock Market […]

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More Deep Ways to Be a Better ETF Investor in 2015

January 23, 2015

For the past two weeks I’ve offered you suggestions on how to be a better ETF investor in 2015. This week, I want to elaborate on three more ways to be a better investor. Let’s take a closer look now. 1) Become passionate about ETFs. Knowing about ETFs isn’t a full-time job for most of […]

Set Sail with the Biggest Overseas Fund

January 23, 2015

In the last two weeks, we have discussed SPY and IVV, the two largest exchange-traded funds (ETF), both focused on the U.S. domestic market. The fund featured in this week’s ETF Talk takes an opposite tack with its focus on non-U.S. markets. Today’s ETF is the third-largest ETF on the market and the most popular […]

Featuring Another Giant S&P 500 Fund

January 16, 2015

Last week, I tackled the biggest exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the market, SPY. Today’s ETF Talk will examine another ETF that tracks the S&P 500. Unlike SPY, this week’s fund is run by BlackRock’s iShares. This fund has a much smaller amount of assets under management than SPY does, but it is nonetheless the second-largest […]

The World’s Most Popular ETF

January 9, 2015

Last week, I explained why it’s important to have a working knowledge of the largest ETFs in the industry. This week, I’ll begin to deliver on helping you gain such knowledge, beginning with SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The S&P 500 is a well known stock market index that follows a changing selection of 500 […]

Top 10 Domestic, Top 10 International Dividend ETFs

January 9, 2015

One of the bright spots of the past several years for yield-hungry investors has been dividend-oriented ETFs. Both domestic and international dividend ETFs offer the prospect of attractive yields along with solid share-price appreciation. But in 2014, it was domestic ETFs that trounced their international brethren in terms of total return. The two tables below […]

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