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ETF Investing Mistakes

December 3, 2015

If you studied the ETF market, you know that there are ETFs covering a large number of investment strategies and sectors. A number of the ETFs are very quirky or focus on what seem to be tiny niches. This paper from Research Affiliates points out that ETF providers generally launch new ETFs based on investments […]

How Leveraged ETFs Work

June 20, 2012

I’ve pointed out from time to time that ETFs, especially leveraged ETFs, don’t work the way many investors expect or think they will. Another example of that is the performance of some leveraged natural gas ETFs from Direxion. With index funds, investors generally are used to the idea that their returns won’t exactly match an […]

Little-Noticed Qualities of ETFs

June 13, 2012

Exchange-traded funds are perhaps the fastest-growing investment innovation ever. Assets rolled into them in recent years, and there were some forecasts for a while that they would wipe out traditional mutual funds and other forms of investing. That’s not likely to happen. While ETFs have many good features, there are some negative features and potential […]

Is the ETF Bubble About to Burst?

January 25, 2012

Exchange-Traded Funds are probably the most successful new product launch in the investment industry as measured by the rate of new money flows into it. But things haven’t been all roses for ETFs. A number of ETFs quietly folded or merged into other ETFs because they couldn’t attract enough assets. Many others still are available […]


How to Use ETFs

October 1, 2005

Exchange-traded funds are the fastest-growing but most misunderstood investment vehicle of the last few years. ETFs have been around only since 1993, and didn’t start to take off until the late 1990s. Let’s see how these mutual fund substitutes might fit into your investment strategy. An ETF is similar to a mutual fund. The investor […]

how to really beat index funds

How To Really Beat Index Funds

October 1, 1999

Have you given up trying to beat the stock market indexes? Are you tired of actively-managed funds that tarnish their sterling performance records as soon as you invest? If so, you might be thinking of putting some or all of your stock investments in index funds. But why settle for only index fund returns? You […]


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