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Vanguard Takes on Developed Markets

October 22, 2014

This write-up is the next installment in our series about low-expense-ratio exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard and features the Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets Fund (VEA). VEA is Vanguard’s third-largest ETF by assets under management at $44.46 billion, and its 0.09% expense ratio is less than a quarter of the average ratio for similarly allocated funds. […]

This Bargain ETF Covers the Entire Market

October 15, 2014

Following last week’s introduction to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard and its low-expense-ratio funds, we turn our attention today to an offering with a 0.05% expense ratio, Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI). VTI is the second-largest ETF among Vanguard’s offerings, and its highly cost-effective expense ratio is noted by Morningstar Inc. to be 95% […]

The Top 20 ETFs by Assets

October 8, 2014

As we head into the final quarter of 2014, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at where investors are putting their money. As of Sept. 30, the top 20 ETFs as measured by assets under management (AUM) account for almost 40% of all assets invested in exchange-traded funds. Here are a […]

Low-Cost Vanguard Attracts Billions in Assets

October 8, 2014

Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, also has carved out a strong niche as a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that fit the investment firm’s focus on keeping its management expenses low. In 2013, Vanguard’s funds incurred an average expense ratio of 0.19%, compared to the industry average expense ratio of 1.08%, […]

PowerShares Fund Screens Holdings for You

October 1, 2014

Fans of baseball know there are two main ways to evaluate team and individual performance: the old-school “eyeball test” method and the newer practice of statistical analytics, popularized in the book (and later the film) “Moneyball.” An analogous distinction can be drawn between ordinary exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and so-called “smart beta” ETFs. A typical ETF […]

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This Fund is All about Revenues

September 24, 2014

In the long term, the market rewards companies for demonstrating good business fundamentals. Examples include companies that sell goods and services to a large number of people while profiting handsomely by containing costs. Sure, in the short term the market can function as a sort of popularity contest. However, over time there is nothing better […]

Sail Smoothly with This Smart Low-Volatility Fund

September 17, 2014

Volatility, the potential for the market or a stock to swerve sharply in value, serves as a deterrent for many prospective investors. After all, who wants to lose a sizable portion of hard-earned savings in a flash? Luckily for investors such as these, there exists a smart beta ETF designed specifically to offer a calmer […]

Consider Investing in Dividend Dandies

September 10, 2014

Last week’s ETF Talk introduced the concept of smart beta funds. A key reason a person might invest in a smart beta fund would be to use the fund’s formula to invest more heavily in quality equities that are underrepresented in a typical market-cap-weighted exchange-traded fund (ETF). One quality indicator in a stock is whether […]

September ETF Snapshot: The New ETF Report

September 3, 2014

This month, we’re doing a little something different with our ETF Snapshot, and it involves our comprehensive ETF Report. At my investment advisory firm, Fabian Wealth Strategies, the last thing we ever want to do is stay static, and not improve. That’s the surest way to mediocrity, and we don’t embrace mediocrity — we embrace excellence. […]

Demystifying ‘Smart Beta’ Funds

September 3, 2014

Many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have their holdings weighted by market capitalization. In other words, the total market value of a company’s shares determines what proportion of an ETF’s assets are invested in that holding. But “smart beta” funds are different, since they are not market-cap weighted. For example, the market-cap-weighted SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), an S&P […]

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