• 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).

  • A Fund You Can Track on the Ticker Tape

    The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) focuses on the Nasdaq 100 Index.

  • International vs. Domestic ETFs

    At the outset of the year, I argued that international equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) likely would outperform domestic equity ETFs.

  • A Global Fund Emerges

    While my previous ETF Talk covered the entire American market, this week’s fund differs by giving investors exposure to a swath of developing nations’ markets.

  • And the Volatility Comes Roaring Back

    It’s baaack! That’s right, the volatility in the markets is back.

  • A Fund That Spans All American Stocks

    The market’s fourth-largest ETF is simply one to invest in when you think times are good and things are looking up across the board in the United States: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI).

  • January’s Not-So-Pretty Domestic ETF Picture

    The final week of January ushered in a host of corporate earnings reports and, for the most part, those earnings were a mixed bag.

  • 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.