• Set Sail with the Biggest Overseas Fund

    Today’s ETF is the third-largest ETF on the market and the most popular way to invest overseas: iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA).

  • The ETF Tailwind of ECB QE

    By far, the biggest market-moving event this week was the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to implement the Old World version of quantitative easing (QE).

  • Featuring Another Giant S&P 500 Fund

    Today’s ETF Talk will examine the second-largest ETF in existence.

  • Beware the Currency Market Turmoil

    There have been two big trends influencing the markets during the past several months, particularly since early December.

  • New Year, Big Volatility

    If the first six trading days of 2015 are any harbinger of what’s to come for the entire year, then strap on your seatbelts and get ready for an “A-ticket” rollercoaster ride.

  • The World’s Most Popular ETF

    The S&P 500 is a well known stock market index that follows a changing selection of 500 companies, and SPY is the most common way to tether your investing results to the index.

  • Featuring the Biggest ETF Kids on the Block

    This list of 20 out of the thousands of ETFs available represents 40% of all assets invested in ETFs!

  • 10 Ways to Be a Better ETF Investor in 2015

    While I can’t really help you with common resolutions like eating better or exercising more, I can help you to be a better exchange-traded fund (ETF) investor in 2015.

  • The Biggest Surprises of the Year

    Every year has its surprises, and 2014 definitely is no exception. This year brought about what I call the “big four surprises.” I call them that because A) each was truly a big development that influenced the entire global market, | Read More »

  • International REIT Offers Diversification

    This week’s ETF Talk introduces an international real estate investment trust (REIT) fund, the Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (VNQI), which complements the domestic REIT we featured last week. While last week I suggested that domestic REITs might be a good | Read More »

  • This ETF is Designed to Shelter Your Portfolio

    As a real estate investment trust (REIT), VNQ’s investments are in the currently stable real estate market.

  • Setting up a Successful 2015

    Here’s my shortlist for things to ponder about the markets during the holidays.

  • Vanguard Offers Low-Fee Bond Fund

    BSV is the smallest fund of all of those we have addressed in our series.

  • Wet and Wild in California, and the Markets

    Policymakers in Washington, at central banks around the world and even just regular investors tend to react to circumstances they can’t control.

  • Vanguard Offers Value with this Fund

    VTV pursues a large-cap value investing approach that tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization value stocks.

  • China Puts the Smackdown on the United States

    According to the International Monetary Fund, when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, this year China will produce $17.6 trillion vs. the United States, which will produce $17.4 trillion.

  • Large-Cap Vanguard Fund Seeks Growth

    The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) focuses on a growth investment strategy for investors who are willing to accept additional risk.

  • Why I’m Thankful for ETFs

    Why am I so thankful for ETFs? Here’s a short list of my favorite reasons why we all should be thankful for these fantastic investment vehicles.

  • Vanguard Fund Features Dividend Dynamos

    VIG, a low-expense-ratio Vanguard ETF, tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of common stocks that increase their dividends over time.

  • China ETFs: The Biggest Dragons in the Lair

    A prospective client asked me which parts of the world I thought were the best in terms of where to start adding international equity exposure. My first response… China.