• You Could Watch Your Portfolio Climb with ALPS

    The next few weeks’ ETF Talks will focus on niche providers. The first in this series highlights ALPS.

  • Yellow Warning Light from U.S. Stocks

    If you were looking for a reason to be cautious about the financial markets, then last week’s action in stocks offered you one giant yellow light.

  • Direxion Differentiates Itself with Leveraged Funds

    A notable provider of alternative investment exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is Direxion. Such alternative investments also can give diversity to your portfolio, as well as provide a safe haven during a crisis.

  • The 2014 Low-Yield Conundrum

    Conventional wisdom says that the reduction in bond buying from the Fed should have caused interest rates to rise. However, this just hasn’t happened yet.

  • Fidelity Forays into Low-Cost Funds

    Fidelity Investments is a relatively recent entrant to the exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider market. Fidelity, founded in 1946, probably is best known as one of the largest providers of mutual funds and other actively managed funds, featuring actively managed sector | Read More »

  • Your Q1 ETF Scorecard

    The first quarter of 2014 is history, and now it’s time to do a little review of the various sector exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to show how the market performed during the past three volatile months.

  • Charles Schwab’s ETF Selection is Broad

    Charles Schwab’s discount investing company provides one of the industry’s widest selections of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

  • China and Emerging Markets: The Quiet Rebound

    Recently, stocks in both China and the emerging markets have staged a quiet comeback. FXI just broke above its 50-day moving average, while EEM now is back above both its 50- and 200-day moving averages.

  • Guggenheim Draws a Unique Portfolio Picture

    An exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider with a name more recognizable from the world of art, rather than investments, is Guggenheim.

  • Does the Fed Want a Correction?

    As most of us expected, the Fed announced today that it was tapering its bond-buying program by $10 billion per month; however, there was a significant change in the central bank’s forward guidance.

  • PowerShares Seeks to Boost Your Portfolio

    We introduce you today to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Invesco PowerShares, a company offering a wide range of investment options.

  • Will There Be a Spillover Effect?

    Given all of the geopolitical turmoil of late that’s rocked many of the biggest emerging markets in the world, it’s logical to ask ourselves if there will be a spillover effect — some call it “contagion” — here in the U.S. equity markets.

  • WisdomTree Grows Portfolios with Dividends

    We continue our examination of various exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers today by taking a look at WisdomTree. WisdomTree entered the ETF market in 2006 and is currently the fifth-largest provider of ETFs, with 62 funds.

  • Stocks Spike Back to the Front

    A huge down month for stocks in January was followed by a big rebound in February, and now it’s March, and the first two trading days of the month were reminiscent of the first two months.

  • Introducing First Trust

    As its name implies, First Trust offers a variety of trusts and funds, including unit trusts, variable annuities, closed-end funds, mutual funds, 401(k) and, yes, ETFs.

  • A Welcome Calm

    I’m actually welcoming the recent calm in stocks, as I think the pendulum swung a bit too much in both directions so far this year.

  • ProShares Offers Alternative Investments

    ETFs offer the chance to invest in a range of alternative investments other than traditional stocks and bonds, yet with the simplicity of buying and the transparency of pricing that is available in the stock market.

  • Behold the Commodities Bounce

    It’s not just the precious metals’ market segment that has been enjoying a bounce of late. The entire commodities sector has been on a tear.

  • Vanguard’s Low Fees Aid Your Returns

    Vanguard generally claims lower ETF expense ratios than its peers, aided by tapping tax-management strategies that normally are only used by conventional index funds.

  • A Dovish Yellen and a Dovish Congress Drive Stocks Higher

    Comments by Yellen indicating she was “surprised” by the weakness in the December employment report, and that despite seeing some improvement in the labor market, things weren’t yet back to “normal,” were widely read as “dovish.”