Basics: When ETFs Beat Index Funds

It’s a bit of inside baseball in the money management world, but some advisors lean toward using index funds for their clients and some prefer exchange-traded funds (ETFs). We use … Read more

Posted on February 6, 2015 by
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2014: A Case For ETF Portfolio Investing

Now that the year is behind us and we have some nice round numbers, it’s a good time to look back and understand how building an ETF portfolio really works. … Read more

Posted on January 1, 2015 by
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Stocks: Did You Match The Market This Year?

The end of 2014 is closing in rapidly and it’s beginning to look like another double-digit year for the broad index of stocks known as the S&P 500. At this writing, the … Read more

Posted on December 18, 2014 by

Morningstar: ETFs Should Be In Your 401(k)

If the rap on actively managed mutual funds is that they are expensive, inefficient and fail to keep up (mostly) with their benchmarks, what’s the natural solution? For years, it … Read more

Posted on September 22, 2014 by
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Finding The Right ETFs For Retirement

The boom in exchange-traded funds, known as ETFs, has been unrelenting. At this writing, the number of investable U.S.-listed ETFs comes to 1,597. That’s pretty amazing growth, considering that just 20 years ago there … Read more

Posted on June 9, 2014 by
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5 Big Investing Costs And How To Lower Them

A major drag on investment returns is fees, the costs you pay for investment help in various forms. Some of them you probably know about, but some are much less … Read more

Posted on May 9, 2014 by
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Understanding Target-Date Retirement Funds

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to successful retirement is saving enough and investing well. Retirement companies and workplace 401(k) plans have attempted to tackle that by harnessing the strongest force in human history … Read more

Posted on March 28, 2014 by
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Investing Basics: Why Use ETF Funds

The ETF industry has exploded in recent years, that’s for sure. In the early 1990s there were only a small handful and almost nobody used them. By one recent count, … Read more

Posted on January 31, 2014 by

Investing Basics: Index Funds

Consider the problem facing most retail investors. They have to buy a company, hopefully at a price lower than the firm’s value, then sell it at some future date to … Read more

Posted on January 24, 2014 by
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Best Investments For Stock Market Doubters

Last year was a great year for U.S. stocks, among the best investments one could have made, up about 30% over 12 months. The year 2013 was great, but not the best … Read more

Posted on January 20, 2014 by