10 Strange But True Facts About Popular ETFs

The Clown
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The idea of creating a stock index may seem relatively straightforward: come up with a few rules, set a few filters, and crank out the basket of stocks that matches a particular investment thesis. In reality, it isn't always that simple. As companies expand their businesses into new countries and industries, achieving pure play exposure can become a bit tricky.  Continue reading →

The Danger of Stock Picking

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ETF assets have grown to nearly $2 trillion for a number of reasons, but much of the growth can be attributed to the ability of the exchange-traded structure to provide cheap diversification across a variety of asset classes. The first part of that feature -- cheap -- tends to get most of the attention. But like their mutual fund predecessors, ETFs also deliver value by simplifying the process of portfolio diversification.  Continue reading →