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The Ins and Outs Of Low Volatility ETFs

Written by David Fabian, August 31st, 2017

If there’s one thing investors love, it’s consistency and reliability.  Two attributes that deftly describe the trend of exchange-traded funds that track low volatility stocks.

This unique category of the ETF universe has rapidly expanded in recent years through a combination of persistent fund flows and sector momentum.  The factors that ultimately shape low volatility indexes have proven to offer attractive characteristics for conservative investors that want equity exposure without the downside risk of a typical broad-based benchmark. Read more

Are Active Stock Picking ETFs Missing The Point?

Written by David Fabian, August 29th, 2017

The influx of capital into exchange-traded funds has prompted many active managers to take a hard look at their business models. The old days of high-fee mutual funds, hedge funds, and separate accounts are becoming harder to justify. Investors want transparency, they want liquidity, and they want low-cost.

Those are the hallmarks of the exchange-traded fund platform. It’s why companies like BlackRock and Vanguard have expanded their asset management businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars over the last several years. This is a freight train of capital moving in virtually one direction with no signs of slowing down.

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com

3 Underrated Bond ETFs For Your Income Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, August 25th, 2017

I write a ton of words every week on the topic of building income portfolios using exchange-traded funds.  Some articles are purely an exercise in research and education, while others are directed towards real-world concepts that we are implementing for clients of our firm.

It’s through this process that I often dive into a new fund or sector and compare it to an established group of peers.  It’s also refreshing to see funds that I have reviewed favorably in the past live up to (or exceed) their lofty expectations.  Read more

3 High Yield International Bond ETFs

Written by David Fabian, August 22nd, 2017

The high yield credit markets have been a smooth ride for income investors throughout 2017. The combination of a steady global equity market uptrend, low volatility, and an abundant thirst for yield has been a tailwind for riskier fixed-income securities.

While many investors have been fixated on the risks and opportunities for owning U.S. corporate debt, the international markets have been steadfastly climbing to new heights. This trend has produced some impressive total return statistics for exchange-traded funds that track these assets.

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com

State Of The Market In 5 Charts – August 2017 Edition

Written by David Fabian, August 19th, 2017

The summer is rapidly closing and a new season will shortly be upon us.  The seasonality of the markets this time of year has always been a tricky proposition as well.  With that in mind, I’m going to outline my current thoughts on some of the big picture charts. Read more