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Dilbert’s Guide to ETFs

Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams, mocks active managers and invests in exchange traded funds reports Karen Damato. Adams mostly uses two ETFs for stock exposure — the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM). According to Damato, Mr. Adams discovered ETFs after firing a large wealth manager that had placed […]

Keeping it Simple

Investing in some of the newer and more exotic ETFs can be expensive according to Forbes. The article iShares Exotic ETFs points out that some of the newer funds with a narrow focus carry high expense ratios and trade at a larger than average bid-ask spread. The article recommends sticking with broad-based exchange traded funds […]

Vanguard and BlackRock Vie for Emerging Market Investors

Emerging market investors have over $50 billion invested in just two exchange traded funds. According to John Spence in the WSJ column BlackRock, Vanguard Battle for ETF Assets, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM) and the Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) were the fourth and fifth largest U.S. listed ETFs at the end […]

Options Traders Expect Higher Volatility in ETFs

The WSJ’s Tennille Tracy reports that options trading picked up this week on several exchange traded funds with investors taking positions that would benefit from higher volatility. Tracy reports that the most active trading was for options on the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME), a fund that tracks companies in the metals and […]

ETF Tracking Error on the Rise

Ian Salisbury is reporting that a new study finds exchange traded funds missed the indexes they follow by a wider margin in 2009. In the article ETFs Were Wider Off the Mark in 2009, Salisbury writes that the study suggests investors closely monitor how many stocks or bonds an ETF owns relative to its benchmark […]

Pay Attention to Tracking Error

When buying index funds that cover smaller slices of the market, watch out for the difference between a fund’s performance and the index that the fund is supposed to track. The performance-index gap isn’t a problem for ETFs tied to broad-market benchmarks according to Sam Mamudi in the article Not All Index Funds Are Built […]

Favorite ETFs for Retirement Programs

More retirement programs are adopting the use of Exchange Traded Funds according to the WSJ‘s Ian Salisbury. In the article ETFs Make Inroads with 401(k) Investors, Mr. Salisbury writes that three companies that provide 401(k) plans with iShares ETFs to small employers are Ascensus, Plan Administrators and The Newport Group. The most popular ETFs in […]

International ETFs Were Best in 2009

International funds were the best performers in 2009 according to the WSJ‘s Sam Mamudi. Emerging markets, including China, Brazil and Russia, were up 72% after tumbling 55% in 2008 according to the article.  The top international ETF was the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM) was up 68% through December 29. Mamudi points out […]

Banner Year for ETF Bond Funds

2009 was a good year for Bond ETFs. Through November 2009, taxable-bond ETFs had net inflows of $32 billion, the most among major asset classes according to a recent WSJ article by John Spence. Broad-based bond ETFs such as iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (AGG) and the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) were popular […]

Dubai Poses Risks for ETF Investors

Funds with heavy exposure to emerging markets took sudden hits and then recovered as markets reacted to news about Dubai’s debt problems according to the WSJ’s John Spence. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM) lost about 4% on the Friday after Thanksgiving on the news.  ETFs with significant exposure to the UAE include […]

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