The best-performing exchange-traded fund of 2019 thus far is a pure-play solar ETF that’s up about 60% — and another top performer is a clean energy ETF that has gained about 35%. Why might investors want to consider solar and clean energy ETFs despite the fact that, as the author of today’s article acknowledges, “These ETFs are usually quite volatile since their fortunes are tied to government subsidies and oil prices” – and what role can niche ETFs such as these play in a portfolio? CLICK HERE.
How can the S&P 500 be underperforming the market when the S&P 500 is the market? Because, as the author of today’s article explains, the S&P 500 isn’t the market and, indeed, “the S&P 500, including dividends, has been underperforming the so-called Total Market Index for over 18½ years.” What are the three primary explanations as to how the total market manages to beat the benchmark – and what are some funds to consider for exposure to the total market (including what may be the best overall total market ETF)? CLICK HERE.
An above-average gold-to-silver ratio has historically been a positive indicator for silver prices – and with the gold-to-silver ratio currently flirting with levels it has not touched in nearly 20 years, silver might be a smart investment right now. But what might be the best way to invest in silver? Silver bullion? Silver stocks? Today’s article makes the case as to why silver ETFs are the “best and easiest possible way to get a piece of the [silver] action” – and highlights some top silver ETFs to consider. For more, CLICK HERE.
The sentiment currently surrounding gold – the price of which has fallen 6% this year – can be described as “maximum pessimism,” notes the author of today’s article – and that may mean the timing is perfect for contrarian investors. The author proceeds to outline a number of reasons to own gold now and highlights his preferred vehicle for doing so – a fund that allows shareholders to convert their shares into physical gold at any time. CLICK HERE.
The National Retail Federation is forecasting sales this holiday season of around $720 billion, up over 4% from last year’s holiday season – and juiced by current strong economic conditions. With this favorable forecast in mind, today’s article highlights a number of exchange-traded funds to consider in order to gain exposure to this anticipated hot holiday sales action. For these ETFs, CLICK HERE.
Short-term interest rates continue to inch higher – and the author of today’s article lays out several reasons why “prospects for higher long-term interest rates are still significantly greater than many forecasters would have you believe.” So what are fixed income investors to do in this rising rate environment? The author highlights one option to consider: defined maturity bond ETFs. For more on the potential benefits of defined maturity ETFs – and bond laddering with them – 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.
While ETFs provide a passive investment vehicle that offers easy access to an index, the author of today’s article notes “this also means that the investment manager puts little weight on the fundamentals of a company and often doesn’t pay close attention to whether a stock is a good or poor investment.” As such, he proceeds to outline a strategy that can be employed to “stay ahead of ETFs by ‘cherry picking’ the best and worst stocks from its holdings”. For more, CLICK HERE.
In today’s article, the author highlights a new – and little-known – dividend ETF that he believes is a compelling pick for several reasons. The fund in question “selects from the highest yielding dividend stocks in the S&P 500 index, but it uses a different method to add a layer of protection for the dividend….” Moreover, the two factors the fund uses to select stocks are both linked to outperformance. For more on this dividend ETF – including additional ways in which it may be superior to a more well-known option – CLICK HERE.
Last year investors poured roughly $150 billion into international stocks through exchange-traded funds – and were rewarded for it as global stocks beat the U.S. market. As some analysts predict that global stocks will beat the U.S. market again this year – and due to the diversification they offer – there is still a strong case for owning global stocks through international ETFs this year. But which ETFs? Today’s article highlights four picks to consider, including a smart-beta option and a fund for “investors who want to get a little more granular in their international investing”. For more, CLICK HERE.