Exchange Traded Funds

4 Ways to Tell the Best ETFs from the Rest

Exchange-traded funds can be a great tool to get the investment exposure you want. But there are so many. Here's how to spot the ones that are likely to be top performers.

S&P 500's New High: How'd We Get Here?

Three weeks after the Dow Jones industrial average blew past its all-time high, the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index joined it in the history books.

The Dangerous Problem Behind ETFs' Big Asset Surge

Thanks to their lower fees, most ETFs do better for investors than similar mutual funds, and investors have noticed: They poured $154 billion into ETFs in 2012, while yanking more than $119 billion out of stock mutual funds. Just one problem: Most of that money went into the wrong kind of ETFs.

ETFs and 529s: Two Smart Money Moves That Don't Go Together

Exchange-traded funds are among the most popular recent innovations in the investing world -- with good reason: They offer a host of advantages over mutual funds. But they aren't a universally good solution: They make no sense at all within 529 college savings plans.

Escape the Low-Interest Trap With Dividend Stocks

A few years ago, with $1 million invested in CDs, you could have lived off your interest, but with rates at historic lows, now your returns would barely cover a few mortgage payments. This is forcing retirees to find new, fairly safe ways to get those returns. The experts' recommendation? Dividend stocks.

5 ETFs You Need in Your Portfolio

In search of a well-balanced diversified portfolio, you could spend every spare minute combing through financial statements before you bought a single share of a company's stock. Or, you could take a shortcut and buy ETFs. Though not a magic bullet, they're a huge time and effort saver. Here are five ETFs that will make your investing a lot easier.

10 Smart Places to Invest In Case the U.S. Defaults

The odds that the U.S. will default on its debt increase each day, and even if a short-term deal is reached, the ratings agencies may downgrade U.S. debt anyway. If that happens, turmoil could roil the markets. So where can the smart money flee for safety? 24/7 Wall St. offers 10 safe options.

How to Boost Your Profits With Unusual Index Funds

By now, most small investors know that investing in index funds is frequently superior to owning individual stocks or actively managed mutual funds. It turns out, however, there are several ways to squeeze even better returns out of your capital using unusually constructed index funds.

Can You Profit from Obama's New Energy Policy?

Last week, President Obama outlined a new energy policy that aims to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by using more natural gas, wind and solar power, and encouraging manufacturers to build more fuel-efficient cars. But how can patient investors capitalize on these trends?

The Dangers of Buying on Disasters

Days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Warren Buffett and Marc Faber pronounced the country's woes a buying opportunity. A cash stampede into U.S.-based Japan exchange-traded funds followed, but these investments carry much greater risks than the average investor probably realized.

As IPOs Revive, Should You Be Joining In?

After a few comatose years following the financial crisis, the IPO market is roaring back. And with names like Facebook and Groupon driving the rumor mill, smaller investors are wondering if how to get in on the action. The answer: Carefully, thanks to the risks.

ETFs in 2010: The Winners, the Losers and the Warnings

The investment world's love affair with all things ETF did not wane in 2010, as their share of the market rose to $940 billion. But popular doesn't mean easy, and it doesn't always mean profitable. Along with the best and the worst performers, a few reminders about how to use these popular investment vehicles safely.

Bond ETFs Shine for Their Flexibility and Safety

Stock market volatility has driven many investors out of stocks and into bonds and other fixed-income investments. Bond ETFs have snared a big chunk of the money for their flexibility and safety.

ETFs at Midyear: Investments Keep Pouring In

The first half of 2010 has been anything but dull for exchange-traded fund investors. ETF assets in the U.S. decreased 0.4% to $772 billion as of June 30, but that actually indicates a serious inflow of cash: Equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500, fell 8.9% during the period.

ETF Basics: How to Dissect an ETF Fact Sheet

You're thinking of investing in an exchange-traded fund, but what are the odds you're going to read the whole prospectus? Don't buy blind: The ETF fact sheet can give you much of the key information, if you know how to look.

10 Rules You Need to Know Before Investing in ETFs

You're a savvy investor: You know your way around a mutual fund. But figuring out exchange-traded funds can be a whole different ballgame, so we've asked a few financial experts to help demystify the art of successful ETF investing.

Is the All-ETF Portfolio a Good Idea?

Portfolios made up entirely of exchange-traded funds could have appeal, as ETFs often have lower expense ratios than many mutual funds and they trade throughout the day. But investors should be careful, as buying ETFs based on speculation that an industry or market segment may outperform can be dangerous.

Will Bond ETFs Have Another Banner Year?

There's one word to describe the exchange-traded bond fund business and market in 2009 -- booming. Indeed, last year more than $39 billion flowed into long-only bond ETFs, while more than $26 billion flowed out of long only U.S. stock ETFs. Can fixed-income investors expect more of the same in 2010?

Is 'active ETF' an oxymoron?

Grail Advisors has announced the registration of four "actively managed" Exchange Traded Funds. According to William M. Thomas, the CEO of Grail,...