• Dividend Fund Provides Superb Income

    It seemed inevitable to me that an exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider sooner or later would pool together the best worldwide dividend-paying companies into a single fund.

  • Why Currency-Hedged ETFs are All the Rage

    the most recent data from May compiled by State Street Global Advisors, the company behind the Spiders, or SPDR ETFs, shows a distinct migration into international ETFs — more specifically, into currency-hedged ETFs.

  • Tap Dividend and Income Payouts with Multi-Asset Fund

    Some people might want high or rising dividend opportunities specifically, while others may choose investments that also are likely to appreciate in share price.

  • China’s Deferrals, S&P’s Sideways Drift and Yields Climb

    MSCI Inc., whose MSCI Emerging Markets Index is the most widely tracked benchmark of share-price performance outside the developed world, said it would add China A-shares to the index — just not quite yet.

  • A Sea of Dividends Awaits Thoughtful Investors

    With current equity valuations, there is some sentiment that the United States may not offer the best potential for stock market returns right now.

  • Vanguard Gets Cozy with China A-Shares

    Chinese stocks, particularly the stocks traded in Mainland China known as A-shares, have been on fire this year.

  • This Fund Pays Dividends

    Since ETFs typically do not pay high dividends, the funds that do so set themselves apart from the growing rabble of choices.

  • Don’t Fall for the China Bubble Chatter

    My recommendation to you, especially if you have money in Chinese stocks, is to not fall for what I consider to be the false narrative that there is a China equity bubble.

  • Boxing in Potential Bond Profits

    LQD gives exposure to a range of domestic investment-grade corporate bonds, primarily to large and well-known companies.

  • The ‘New Normal’ Won’t Last

    We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that somehow the recent market highs represent a “new normal” of sorts for the markets.

  • You Can Bank on This Financials Fund

    Companies in the financial sector include banks, real estate firms, investment fund providers, insurance companies and more.

  • MoneyShow Musings from the Front Lines

    The most dominant theme/takeaway for me this year is the apparent lack of investor exposure to international equities.

  • Learning to Appreciate Dividends

    The virtual guarantee of collecting a higher nominal return each year is intrinsically appealing, and companies that boost their dividends regularly can cultivate a clientele of investors who appreciate the income in return for deploying their capital with a proven performer.

  • Goldilocks in the Jobs Forest

    The biggest data point on tap this week came early Friday morning before the opening bell, and it was the “official” April employment report.

  • Just Another Low-Risk Bond Fund

    This week’s ETF Talk addresses another bond-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF), iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG).

  • Behold the April Commodities Surge

    Both oil and gold stocks were up huge last month, and now we need to watch these trends to see if and/or when they might start really affecting other markets.

  • 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.