• Low-Cost Vanguard Attracts Billions in Assets

    Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, also has carved out a strong niche as a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that fit the investment firm’s focus on keeping its management expenses low.

  • Global Growth Shakes up Investors

    On Tuesday, the IMF lowered its global growth forecast for 2015, while also issuing a warning about the risks posed by increasing geopolitical tensions, as well as by an equity market trading at what it described as “frothy” levels.

  • PowerShares Fund Screens Quality Holdings for You

    A typical ETF weights its holdings based on market capitalization, while a smart beta fund is weighted according to less visible, though still important, criteria.

  • The Shifting Tides of the Third Quarter

    To be a good surfer, you need to know how to read the sea. When it comes to your money, similar knowledge makes you a better investor.

  • This Exchange-Traded Fund is All about Revenues

    Over time there is nothing better than investing in companies bringing in big bucks, and that’s precisely what the RevenueShares Large Cap Fund (RWL) has been designed to do.

  • Global Climate Change, ETF Style

    Over the weekend, we got several reports out of China that indicated that the world’s second-largest economy now is backsliding on its targeted growth rate in the 7.5% annual range. Then there’s the continued slowdown in Europe, which has put downward pressure on the region’s economy and on the equity markets of the European Union (EU).

  • Sail Smoothly with This Smart Low-Volatility Fund

    Volatility, the potential for the market or a stock to swerve sharply in value, serves as a deterrent for many prospective investors.

  • A Trip Around the World with Four Key ETFs

    All we need to look at is four key ETFs that will tell us what need to know about what’s going on in the major markets around the globe.

  • Consider Investing in Dividend Dandies

    A key reason a person might invest in a smart beta fund would be to use the fund’s formula to invest more heavily in quality equities that are underrepresented in a typical market-cap-weighted exchange-traded fund (ETF). One quality indicator in a stock is whether or not it issues a dividend.

  • A Red-Hot August for ETF Inflows

    What can you say about the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) besides the fact that they are just red hot?

  • Demystifying ‘Smart Beta’ Funds

    Although “smart beta” funds also follow a passive index like other ETFs, the smart beta funds do so in ways besides the traditional market-cap-weighted approach.

  • Will September Bring Back the Volatility?

    Back to work means back to big trading volume, and I suspect that means we could see a return of volatility.

  • Leveraging Bulls and Bears in Russia

    Investing in a way that is counter-cyclical to other investors’ fears can bring great profits, particularly when investing through a triple-leveraged fund.

  • My Three Red-Hot MoneyShow ETFs

    Now, since our last Weekly ETF Report, there hasn’t been much of a sense of disaster in the markets. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite, which actually is a worry in itself.

  • Russian Small Caps are a Contrarian Pick

    Due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s shenanigans and the ongoing Ukraine situation, many Western investors are fleeing Russia. However, contrarian investors view this as an excellent opportunity to enter the Russian market on the cheap.

  • Your Exclusive MoneyShow ETF Presentation Sneak Peek

    Today I have an exclusive sneak peek of three presentations I have on the slate for the next several days at the MoneyShow.

  • Building Your Portfolio with Brazil’s Infrastructure

    As the fifth-largest country in the world in terms of both square mileage and population, Brazil places great importance on its infrastructure.

  • Bond Yields Drop While Non-Correlated Assets Soar

    When a major benchmark in the market falls to near-historic lows, you had better pay attention.

  • Brazil Features Consumer-Sector Growth

    Brazil has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) in South America, whether measured nominally or by purchasing power parity. In effect, the Brazilian consumer is poised to buy.

  • These ETFs are Rocking as the Market Rolls over

    The fall of European equities, as well as the recent downtrend in U.S. markets, might make you think that the bear has invaded the entire globe. Well, if you thought that, then you haven’t been looking far enough to the east.