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Featuring the Biggest ETF Kids on the Block

January 2, 2015

The world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is tremendous and rapidly growing. As a result, there is a fund for nearly every niche or idea you can imagine. Investors today have an expansive freedom of choice in this area, yet many make similar choices. As it turns out, there is a relatively small group of funds […]

International REIT Offers Diversification

December 23, 2014

This week’s ETF Talk introduces an international real estate investment trust (REIT) fund, the Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (VNQI), which complements the domestic REIT we featured last week. While last week I suggested that domestic REITs might be a good safe haven in a potential market downturn, this week I’m looking ahead to […]

This ETF is Designed to Shelter Your Portfolio

December 19, 2014

A sharp December decline in the market had many investors running for the hills. While the market has since staged a recovery, the retreat earlier in the month shows the importance of having a strong, safe place to protect your assets from a potential market fall in 2015. To that end, this week’s ETF Talk […]

Vanguard Offers Low-Fee Bond Fund

December 12, 2014

Today’s ETF Talk features the Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV) as we wrap up our series about Vanguard, a low-expense-ratio exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider. The last ETF on this list, BSV, is the smallest fund of all of those we have addressed in our series. Even so, BSV still holds net assets of $15.4 billion. […]

Vanguard Offers Value with this Fund

December 5, 2014

This week’s ETF Talk features Vanguard Value ETF (VTV), yet another low-expense-ratio Vanguard exchange-traded fund (ETF). VTV’s $16.3 billion under management shows the fund is almost as popular as its growth-focused sibling, Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG), which has $16.4 billion under management. But VTV’s low 0.09% expense ratio, the same as VUG, is 92% below […]

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Large-Cap Vanguard Fund Seeks Growth

November 25, 2014

The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) focuses on a growth investment strategy for investors who are willing to accept additional risk. This Vanguard fund holds $16.4 billion in assets under management and has a low expense ratio of 0.09%, which is 92% less than the average cost of similar funds with other providers. VUG specifically tracks […]

Vanguard Fund Features Dividend Dynamos

November 21, 2014

This week’s ETF Talk features Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG), a large and popular exchange-traded fund (ETF) with $20.3 billion in assets under management as of Oct. 31. With an expense ratio of 0.10%, VIG operates at less than 9% of the cost of an average fund with similar holdings. VIG, a low-expense-ratio Vanguard ETF, […]

The Cheapest Way to Own the S&P 500

November 14, 2014

The diversity of investment offerings from Vanguard, a low-expense-ratio exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider, is showcased in this week’s ETF Talk that features Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), an S&P 500-based ETF. VOO is one of Vanguard’s most popular funds; it held $21.8 billion in assets under management at the end of the third quarter. This […]

Vanguard’s Low-Expense-Ratio Bond Fund

November 7, 2014

This week’s ETF Talk features Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) managed by Vanguard, the low-expense-ratio ETF provider. BND is a bond fund that also ranks as one of Vanguard’s largest ETFs, with $22.8 billion under management as of Sept. 30. With an expense ratio of only 0.08%, the costs for […]

Real Estate Fund Rides Recent Recovery

October 29, 2014

The ETF Talks of the past few weeks have introduced you to some of the most prominent funds offered by Vanguard, a large and cost-effective exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider. Today, we continue that series with Vanguard Real Estate Investment Trust ETF (VNQ). With $43.1 billion in assets under management, VNQ is Vanguard’s fourth-largest ETF. Its […]

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