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How Safe Is Your High Yield ETF?

Written by David Fabian, October 18th, 2017

The strong outperformance of credit-related securities and progressive trend in interest rates has emboldened many investors to bulk up on high yield funds over the course of this bull market.  The minimal dividends from traditional CDs and high-quality Treasury bonds leaves little to be desired when compared to corporate or municipal debt yielding magnitudes of greater income.

The combination of high dividends, consistent capital appreciation, and relatively low volatility have made for an attractive opportunity for many income investors portfolios.

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TD Says Goodbye to Commission-Free Vanguard ETFs

Written by David Fabian, October 17th, 2017

TD Ameritrade roiled the investment community this week when it announced it was shaking up its commission-free ETF lineup across its entire brokerage platform.  The highlights include an expanded number of funds available to trade and fewer restrictions on eligible accounts.  They also dropped Morningstar as the advisor that selects the commission-free list, giving in-house management more control over which funds make the cut.

This type of expansive announcement is typically met with great enthusiasm by the advisor community.  However, the biggest bombshell is that they are no longer offering Vanguard ETFs on their commission-free list.  Yeah, you heard me right…NO VANGUARD. Read more

What A Time To Be Alive

Written by David Fabian, October 12th, 2017

This morning I saw the graphic below posted on social media as a marketing tool for the new Schwab 1000 Index ETF (SCHK).  The intent of this message is to point out the advantageous expense ratio of SCHK in relation to its competition.  The fund charges just 5 basis points per year to own the 1,000 largest stocks in the United States. Read more

Marrying Active and Passive Management

Written by David Fabian, October 03rd, 2017

One of the latest stories making the rounds on social media is that Warren Buffett is willing to wager (once again) that an index fund can beat active management over a 10-year time horizon.  Buffett made this bet with a prominent hedge fund manager nearly a decade ago with the proceeds going to a charity of the winners choosing.  He handily beat his first opponent and now another contender wants to take a shot at “The Oracle of Omaha”.  Read the complete post here on CNBC for all the details on this potential match-up.    Read more

Consumer Staples ETFs Face Technical Test

Written by David Fabian, October 03rd, 2017

Consumer staples stocks have always been known for their relatively low volatility and conservative nature. It’s one of the reasons they are such a prominent aspect of many retirement portfolios and continue to serve as a reassuring equity allocation for countless investors.

These companies are typified by their mature business models and inelastic consumer trends. Think grocery stores, beverage companies, consumer goods, tobacco stocks, and drug store chains. They sell products that are constantly in demand no matter what the overall economy is doing. For this primary reason, they are considered more stable than speculative or growth-oriented stocks.

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