“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Be it robotics and artificial intelligence, longevity and obesity, gender diversity, millennials, or something else, exchange-traded funds oriented around certain investible themes are a fast-growing part of the ETF universe. At the recent Inside ETFs conference, a panel of fund managers identified some budding themes to keep an eye on when it comes to thematic ETFs – and discussed how investors can do their due diligence when it comes to these products. For more, 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.
Emerging market stocks have been hot lately – which has brought increased attention to exchange-traded funds – particularly the largest and most well-known funds – that provide exposure to emerging markets. However, for investors who prefer their EM exposure more nuanced and specific, there are emerging market ETFs with factor influences. Today’s article highlights three such ETFs for the discerning EM investor, including one fund which “attempts to outperform traditional benchmarks by selecting companies based on metrics that include: attractive value, strong momentum, high quality, and low volatility.” For more, CLICK HERE.
“The turning of the calendar is…a perfect opportunity to evaluate your positions and diligently prepare your portfolio for success,” notes the author of today’s article – who proceeds to outline a number of tips for doing so. In particular, he emphasizes the role that exchange-traded funds can play – and recommends that those who have only moved a portion of their holdings to ETFs consider a more aggressive transition. For more – including what he points to as being one of the key benefits of ETFs (versus mutual funds) from a risk perspective – CLICK HERE.