“The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the cop on the beat, the housewife – all have one thing in common today: they’re pouring more and more dollars into mutual funds,” exclaimed a New York Times article published back in October of 1958. And now, over 60 years later, households still hold a substantial amount in mutual funds and index tracking mutual funds despite the advent (and increasingly popularity) of exchange traded funds. With that in mind, today’s article makes the case for investing in ETFs over index mutual funds. For more, CLICK HERE.
“Whether your focus is big companies or small, domestic corporations or international ones, there are ETFs where income-oriented investors can find investments that pay more than the average S&P 500 index component,” notes the author of today’s article – who proceeds to highlight nine income-focused ETFs which, while focusing on different categories of stocks (e.g. large-cap, preferred, low-volatility) and employing different strategies (e.g. current dividend yield vs. dividend growth) offer above-average dividends. For more, CLICK HERE.
Much has been written and said about who is winning and who is losing – politically or otherwise – in the current partial federal government shutdown (now the longest such shutdown on record). For its part, today’s article highlights some ETFs that the authors believe are likely to be winners – and some which they believe are likely to be losers – as a result of the shutdown, the economic cost of which is poised to soon surpass the amount of funding for his border wall with Mexico that President Trump is demanding. For more, CLICK HERE.
The popularity of exchange-traded funds has grown exponentially over the last several years – and while the author of today’s article acknowledges the many benefits that ETFs offer investors, she emphasizes that “investors have to understand that ETFs trade differently and that ETF execution is an imperative part of investing that should not be minimized.” As such, she proceeds to outline some do’s and don’ts when it comes to trading ETFs – including one “do” that she emphasizes “cannot be said enough”. For more, CLICK HERE.
When discussing stocks, the author of today’s article, John Dorfman of Dorfman Value Investments, typically does not focus on stocks that he – and most of his clients – own. In today’s article, however, he breaks convention and highlights these stocks – 24 of them to be exact, including “the only consumer discretionary stock in [his] model portfolio right now”, two of his favorite bank stocks, and a stock and an ETF for exposure to Japan. For more, CLICK HERE.
One oil analyst sees everything coming together for the “most bullish summer for crude in several years” – and exchange-traded funds that track oil stocks stand to gain should the price of crude continue to rise. The task for investors now, as the author of today’s article notes, is picking the right plays from among the 65 energy ETFs out there. What are some specific funds to consider – and what may be the biggest risk to oil prices? CLICK HERE.
Some of the air may have come out of the crypto craze, but there is still real opportunity in the technology that underlies cryptocurrencies: the blockchain. In today’s article, the author highlights some of the component stocks of an exchange-traded fund that holds “companies working to utilize and incorporate blockchain technologies into their businesses.” Specifically, he highlights five blockchain-linked stocks with the greatest dividend growth potential going forward. For more, CLICK HERE.
President Trump has followed through on his long-stated intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Today’s article observes that the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions in the coming months “could derail tens of billions of dollars in business deals. Overall, the move could result in serious consequences, damaging long-lasting U.S. alliances, upsetting the oil markets and boosting tensions in the Middle East.” The author proceeds to examine what this development could entail for a number of exchange-traded funds and stocks. Who could be hit hard by the resumption of sanctions – and who could be poised to benefit? CLICK HERE.
Inflation is once again becoming a concern – and the author of today’s article advises that “As we enter a more mature phase of the current economic growth cycle, it’s worthwhile to consider the net effects that rising prices for goods and services will have on your purchasing power.” One way to address this risk is through exchange-traded funds that benefit from inflationary conditions – and he proceeds to highlight four. For these four inflation fighting ETFs – one tied to commodities, one tied to TIPS, and two that employ a “fund-of-funds” strategy – CLICK HERE.
As a result of a decline in the price of gold, explorers and producers have had to turn to royalty and streaming companies to help cover their costs. Today’s article highlights one such royalty company that has benefited from this situation – and which the author believes may be particularly attractive to investors. The company in question has increased its dividend every year since going public in 2008, has seen its share price outperform gold bullion and gold miners, and had its best year ever in 2017. For more on this company – and an ETF to gain exposure to it – CLICK HERE.