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The Biggest New ETF Launches of 2017

Written by David Fabian, December 12th, 2017

2017 will easily go down as one of the sturdiest on record for exchange-traded funds. Not only were a multitude of new and exciting funds launched, but fresh heights were achieved in global fund flows to these diversified investment vehicles. Through the first eleven months of the year, ETFs have amassed over $400 billion of new assets and have yet to show any signs of slowing down.

Much of this capital has been driven by the obvious benefits that ETFs offer over comparable alternatives. They serve as a way to access markets without the high fees of mutual funds or the business risk of individual stocks. These tools are a low-cost and transparent way to own virtually any asset class or factor dynamic while still retaining full control of your portfolio. They are easy to own, easy to understand, and give investors a tremendous leg up on reaching their long-term goals.

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Watch For These Key ETF Milestones In 2018

Written by David Fabian, December 06th, 2017

While 2017 is not quite yet in the books, some investors are already looking ahead to what the New Year might have in store for their portfolios. ETF investors have been repeatedly rewarded over the last decade with fresh and innovative funds, lower costs, and better liquidity. They are also becoming more discerning over the expenses and quality of their holdings rather than falling for marketing gimmicks or advisor distribution pipelines.

This foresight will come in handy as these products become even more mainstream in the coming years and 2018 will certainly bring many interesting funds to market. The following are some ETF insights to look out for in the New Year.

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PIMCO Plays It Safe With Multi-Factor Equity ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 07th, 2017

PIMCO has long been known as a fixed-income powerhouse with an abundance of investment management talent and enviable track record. They are also one of the most successful purveyors of actively managed exchange-traded funds focused primarily on the bond market to-date.

That dynamic changed recently with the launch of three new multi-factor equity ETFs that successfully complement the existing PIMCO fund lineup. These new funds are backed by a stringent research and stock selection criteria created by Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates, who has a well-respected background in building smart beta portfolios.

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Understanding High Beta ETFs

Written by David Fabian, October 31st, 2017

One important dynamic of portfolio construction and risk management is understanding how your stocks fluctuate in relation to the broader market. This factor is often referred to as “beta,” which is essentially the historical volatility of a stock or fund in relation to a benchmark such as the S&P 500 Index.

The higher the measured beta of your holdings, the greater price fluctuations they will have in comparison to the benchmark. A high beta score doesn’t necessarily mean that your investments will outperform on the upside or underperform on the downside. It simply means they have exhibited characteristics of outsized moves or over-reactions in the past.

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Meet The New State Street Portfolio ETFs

Written by David Fabian, October 24th, 2017

The investment management fee wars just escalated to a new level with the announcement that State Street is dropping expenses and re-naming 15 of its diversified exchange-traded funds. This transformed group will be dubbed the “SPDR Portfolio” series and is aimed squarely at the likes of Vanguard, BlackRock, and Charles Schwab in testing the ultimate boundaries of minimalist fund costs.

The new average expense ratio across all 15 SPDR portfolio ETFs is an astounding 0.06%, with several offerings being listed for as low as 0.03%. That’s just $30 per year in embedded expenses for every $100,000 invested and marks a strong advancement for ETF portfolio construction. State Street has also partnered with TD Ameritrade to make these funds commission-free to trade on their brokerage platform, further maximizing the total return of these funds for shareholders.

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