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The Art of Trading: How to Properly Buy and Sell ETFs

This is an excerpt from ETF Trading: The Art of Buying and Selling on ETFguide TV – an examination of how to properly time and place your ETF buy and sell orders. 

Trading volume for popular ETFs like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY),

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Investing great John Bogle: “Here’s how to use ETFs!”

Note: This 2013 interview between Ron DeLegge at ETFguide and John Bogle from the Vanguard Group is from ETFguide’s archives of investing greats. Bogle passed away on January 16, 2019.

Hi everybody. I’m Ron DeLegge with ETFguide.com and we’re pleased to have with us John Bogle,

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The Destructive Force of Fragility

Fragility in nature is a dangerous characteristic.

Dinosaurs, for example, were large and powerful, but they still died off. Why? While there’s no shortage of theories about what led to their extinction, we do know the dinosaur’s inability to adapt and survive major shocks was a contributing factor that led to their extinction.

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3 Risks that Could Derail Your Retirement Plan

Funding your retirement is a big financial obligation that no one can escape. How big? While other expenses like paying for college education or a home are also large, they aren’t necessarily in the same league. Why? Because buying a home or paying for a family member’s education isn’t something we necessarily have to do.

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How to Cut Your Trading Cost in Half

Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially true when stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) is rising.

The chart below illustrates how historical bid-ask spreads (also known as “bid-offer spreads”) have widened by more than 40% (from just 0.8% to 1.4%) during periods of 20% or greater one-month realized volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY).

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