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How to Profit From the Polar Vortex

Frigid temperatures across the U.S. have naturally led to higher natural gas consumption, draining inventories and pushing prices up. But the weather is about to change.

Could Your Next Stockbroker Be a Credit Union?

Credit unions, with their favorable interest rates and low fees, can be good alternatives to big commercial banks. But if you're an investor looking for a one-stop shop, you may shun them for their lack of online stock trading services. Well, don't: Many now offer online brokerage accounts, too.

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.

Are Individual Investors Destined to Fail?

It's axiomatic among financial-service professionals that most do-it-yourself investors are their own worst enemies, always in the grip of some cognitive bias. But might the professionals be too pessimistic?

Cash In On the Businesses You Buy From

You're probably spending a lot this holiday season, on yourself and your friends and family. Why not get a little something back? Buying shares of stock in some of the retailers you patronize can give you your fair share of the profits your purchases help to create. Retail ETFs can give you that and boost your retirement funds in the process.

3 Easy Ways to Get Great Dividends

Investments that generate income, have the potential for strong growth, and offer protection against stock market downturns: That compelling combination of attributes has made dividend stocks so popular with investors these days. To make the most of it, some investors are turning to ETFs.

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.

A Rookie's Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

The U.S. stock market's recent gyrations have many investors ready to look overseas for better returns. But it's a complicated world out there, which is why many less-experienced investors are still sitting on the global sidelines. Here's what you need to know make investing in emerging markets a little less scary.

Where to Put Your Money Now

Ten investors survey the rubble from this week's shakeup and see opportunities everywhere. It's time to quiet those nerves and deploy your dollars to take advantage of fire-sale prices. Here's a rundown of investment ideas -- stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and otherwise.

Market Snapshot: What's Thriving in Battered Economy

The economy has had more than its share of trouble lately: Japan's earthquake comes on top of rising oil and food prices, political turmoil in the Middle East and a crop of government austerity measures. But investor opportunities lie hidden among the bad news.

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.

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.

ETFs Fuel Gold's Boom -- and Could Worsen a Bust

Turns out that a good deal of gold's meteoric gains over the last five years can be attributed to the gargantuan success of an exchange-traded fund that made it easy for investors to pile into the precious metal. If the tide turns, though, they could easily pile out.

Active ETFs: Still the Next Big Thing?

Active exchange-traded funds -- a sort of hybrid between a regular ETF and a mutual fund -- were supposed to give investors the best of both worlds. But these newfangled ETFs have so struggled to find their place. Some pros, however, still see a bright future.

New Ways to Invest in Bundles of Precious Metals

The Equity Precious Metals category of ETFs has seen substantial money inflows over the last year largely due to new ETFs, including one that gives investors access four precious metals in one trade.

Manipulation or Not, Is Silver a Smart Investment?

Shares of silver are up about 40% so far this year, compared to just over 20% for gold. But a statement from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday could rattle prices as investors consider whether to add silver to their portfolios

The New Allure
of Emerging-Market Debt

Yields on emerging-market debt funds and exchange-traded funds are certainly enticing these days, especially compared to U.S. Treasurys. Also attractive are the added benefits of portfolio diversification and currency appreciation. But the risks can't be overlooked.

Where Real Estate Is Rocking Again: REIT ETFs

Amid all the whining about residential and commercial real estate markets, exchange-traded funds comprising real estate investment trusts have quietly been kicking butt. They're up 22% year-to-date through Sept. 21, compared to 3.71% for the the S&P 500 stock index.

Why Dividend Hunters Have MLPs in Their Sights

The big attraction is tax-favored dividends. MLPs can be generous because they don't have to pay federal income taxes if they pay out most of their cash flow to shareholders. Many MLPs now annually pay in the 6% to 10% range. But, alas, they're not for everyone.

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.

Is Your ETF Heading for the Investment Graveyard?

With nearly 900 exchange-traded funds holding more than $780 billion in assets, life in the ETF arena is a matter of survival of the fittest. With all these niche products, how can you tell if your ETF is a survivor or a soon-to-be financial failure?