• The Numbers Don’t Lie

    Very few things in life are as irrefutable as numbers. Sure, statistics can be manipulated to support all sorts of claims (witness the political realm). But when it comes to pure numeric performance, well, the numbers don’t lie. This week, | Read More »

  • Bond Fund Offers Safer Haven

    One of the many uses of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is that they let investors conveniently and accessibly invest assets in markets that trade less frequently. In the search for stability, the bond market stands out as an obvious way to produce income | Read More »

  • Seeking Profits in Calmer Waters

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to gain exposure to international assets and companies without having to pay big fees or jump through hoops for the privilege of owning foreign securities.

  • Under a Blood-Red Friday Sky

    Though bank earnings were on the whole solid, the real news this week was the huge sell-off on Friday.

  • Mid-Cap Fund Could be a Portfolio Centerpiece

    It is possible to strike a balance and choose companies that are not as risky as the smaller ones and still have plenty of room to grow their businesses by gaining market share or expanding internationally.

  • Look at the Fire-Breathing China Dragon!

    Stocks in China are hot, and I mean smoking hot, with HUGE gains during the past month.

  • Looking for a Bargain in Value Stocks

    Value investing involves selecting companies whose stock prices seem to be lower than expected, given their fundamental strength and the valuation of similar companies.

  • End of Q1, So What Should You Do?

    The first quarter of 2015 is in the books, and that means it’s time to take a critical look at your portfolio to make sure it’s serving your goals.

  • You Could House Your Money in This Fund

    Consistent followers of the ETF Talk will recognize this week’s return to the world of real estate investment trusts (REITs).

  • Bogle’s Bad Views on ETFs

    At the crux of Bogle’s criticism is that ETFs are too tradable, and that the ability to buy and sell ETFs so easily, and at any time of the day, makes them too tempting for investors to do the wrong thing by being too active with their money.

  • S&P Investing on the Cheap

    This week’s ETF Talk returns us to the realm of large American companies.

  • The Bull Stampedes in the China Shop

    While stocks in the United States enjoyed a strong week of Fed-induced upside, there was a much bigger bullish move this week in China.

  • Casting a Wide Net on Growth

    The first idea that might come to the mind of a rookie investor would be to invest in companies that seem most likely to grow significantly and benefit from a resulting rise in their share prices.

  • The Dollar’s Feeling Strong as an Ox

    During the past 12 months, the dollar’s value has soared about 25% against the combined euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc.

  • This Fund is Always Golden

    The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) gives investors the capability of investing in physical gold bullion without having to handle buying and selling it themselves.

  • Stocks Stall, Bonds Fall and the Dollar Spikes

    The February jobs report was the big news this week, and the better-than-expected data caused traders to fear the Federal Reserve might pull the trigger on that long-awaited interest rate hike as soon as June.

  • Tap Thousands of Investments with this Fund

    The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) offers a special focus by investing in stocks on a market-capitalization basis.

  • How Risky are ETFs?

    Just how risky are ETFs, and what do you need to know about this risk?

  • The Smartest Investors use Smart-Beta ETFs

    These ETFs provide a twist on traditional indexed ETFs, and they’re an interesting alternative to traditional, market-cap-weighted index funds.

  • An Alternative Way to Invest in Emerging Markets

    Today we’ll discuss an emerging-market you may find appealing — the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM).