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ETF Battles: IJR vs. IWM – Which Small Cap ETF is Better?

This is an excerpt of ETF Battles between IJR vs. IWM on ETFguide TV – it’s an arm wrestle between two U.S. small cap stock ETFs.  Who wins the battle? IJR and IWM go against each other in key areas, including cost, performance and a mystery category Both funds own small company stocks but with …

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ETF Battles: ROBO vs. BOTZ – A Face-off Between Automation ETFs

This is an excerpt of ETF Battles between ROBO vs. BOTZ– it’s a face-off between two AI, automation and robotics ETFs.  Who wins the battle? BOTZ and ROBO go against each other in key areas, including diversification, exposure strategy and a mystery category Both thematic ETFs track stocks in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics Both …

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Avoiding the Mutual Fund Tax Trap

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) observed a problem that our readers have long known: mutual funds have a major structural flaw that exposes shareholders to unwanted and unnecessary tax liabilities. Moreover, this flaw should be of acute interest to anybody anywhere that owns a mutual fund – even ones that purport to …

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A Wonderful Fluke

One online dictionary defines the word “fluke” as an “unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck.” Alternative descriptions include chance, coincidence, and accident. All of these synonyms are accurate adjectives for the cryptocurrency market. For the record, I am not cryptocurrency hater. In fact, my stake in Litecoin – a smaller cousin of Bitcoin – …

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3 Diversification Errors

Portfolio diversification is an investment strategy designed to limit risk by spreading money across multiple asset classes and securities. Most financial literature along with your local financial advisor will agree that diversifying your investments is a prudent thing. But while diversification may seem like a straightforward process, it isn’t. And some investors and their advisors …

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5 Building Blocks for Your Investment Portfolio

The difference between well-built and poorly designed buildings can be strikingly drastic. Take for example, I.M. Pei, the Chinese-American architect, who is a legend in his profession and has won many prestigious awards, including the Pritzker Prize. Among all the illustrious structures he’s designed, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH is the …

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How Safe are Bonds?

News flash: Investors who assumed their investments in conservative bonds and bond funds (Nasdaq:LSBRX) were safe from losses are learning otherwise. Since mid-2016, the performance for U.S. bonds (NYSEARCA:BND) with top credit grades have sunk almost 4%. For perspective, the 12-month yield on ETFs tracking the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is just 2.40%. Put another …

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A Guidepost for Investing in “Smart Beta” ETFs

Over the past several years traditional market cap weighted indexes have been derided. Why? Because upstarts, known as “smart beta” have taken the ETF marketplace by storm and are trying to dislodge traditional indexing . And one of the oft-repeated arguments against traditional indexing that you’re guaranteed to read about or see is something like, …

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(Podcast) The Gold Monster Awakens

How difficult of a trading environment has 2016 been? It’s been so bad that BlackRock’s $1.9 billion global credit hedge fund is off to its worst yearly start in almost two decades. According to reports, the fund was hurt by crashing junk bonds (NYSEARCA:HYG) and spiraling crude oil (NYSEARCA:USO) prices. Who saw that coming? And …

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S&P 500 Investors Get New Choice for Direct REIT Exposure

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been buried inside the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) but have now received a giant promotion. S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI — the index providers who jointly maintain the GICS system for organizing industry sectors — decided to create a stand-alone real estate sector. As a result, S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched …

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