ETF Expense Ratios: Their Impact on Long-Term Performance

ETF Expense Ratio

-+*Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly recognized as a low-cost way to achieve a diversified portfolio. That makes sense: because ETFs are passively managed, they don’t incur the research and analysis expenses borne by actively managed mutual funds. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that not all ETFs cost the same. In fact, some charge… Read More


Income Investors Are Feeling the Squeeze

How Income Investors Can Manage Their Investment Portfolio in Today's Economic Environment

-+*Investors have been finding it increasingly difficult to generate income in their investment portfolios. This is a problem that impacts many people who rely on portfolio income to live on or to supplement the income they receive from other sources, such as social security and pensions. When interest rates are higher, options for investment income are… Read More


How ETFs Can Benefit a Diversified Investment Portfolio

How ETFs Can Benefit a Diversified Investment Investment Portfolio

-+*Over the past decade, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) has made its way into an increasing number of investors’ portfolios, and it’s not hard to see why. An ETF is a basket of securities that trades on an exchange, much like stocks do. However, unlike individual stocks, ETFs track broad market indexes such as the S&P… Read More


New Trends in the Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) Marketplace

ETFs

-+*Many investors are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETF) by now. ETFs provide broad market exposure through index-tracking investments, and they trade on exchanges like stocks do. They tend to be less expensive to own than mutual funds and have a tax efficient structure. For these reasons, total assets managed by ETFs reached 2 trillion dollars… Read More


What to Consider When Creating a Diversified Investment Portfolio

diversified portfolio

-+*Building an investment portfolio is a very personal process. Before jumping into a variety of different asset classes and market sectors, you need to first determine your overall goals and your tolerance for risk. Are you saving to buy a house in three years, or for retirement that may be twenty years down the road?… Read More


What to Do with Your 401(k): Managing Your Post-Retirement Assets

What to do with your old 401k

-+*It can be staggering to consider how much Baby Boomers have accomplished. The Boomer generation changed American politics through their passion, altered our perception of the environment through their activism, and changed popular music forever through their tastes. After a lifetime of work, retirement is approaching and there are often financial decisions to be made…. Read More


Folio Investing, Motif, and Tailored Portfolios

Geoff Considine

-+*Chris DeMuth, a money manager and well-followed contributor at Seeking Alpha, recently published an overview of Motif Investing. Motif is a young firm that has gotten a lot of media coverage for enabling investors to build, track, invest in, and manage portfolios of individual stocks. Much of the functionality that Motif provides to individual investors… Read More


Socially Responsible Investing Going Forward

Socially Responsible Investing

-+*If you’re one of the growing number of people who expect their investment dollars to make the world better and not worse, you’re already involved in socially responsible investing (SRI). The term covers a lot of territory, but it often focuses on one or several of the following factors: environmental awareness, consumer protection, product safety,… Read More


Oil, Markets, Volatility

Oil, Markets, Volatility

David R. Kotok

-+*Sharply lower oil prices have occasioned a huge discussion about their impact. We see it play out daily in newspapers, on TV and radio, at websites, on blogs, and in market letters. The range of forecasts runs from one extreme to another. On one side, pundits predict a recession resulting from a US energy sector… Read More


Are My Investment Decisions Tax Efficient?

Close up Business background

Geoff Considine

-+*This is the eighth installment in our series on how individual investors can assess their financial health With investment gains, as with other types of income, it’s not how much you make that ultimately matters, but how much you keep.   In other words, you only get to spend what’s left after you pay taxes. There… Read More