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FANG ETF Takes Performance Chasing To The Next Level

Written by David Fabian, July 15th, 2017

We’ve finally hit peak “FANG”.  The acronym used to describe a handful of high growth stocks including Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.  It’s a way for market watchers and CNBC aficionados to easily reference these big winners without overtaxing their jaw muscles.

All four of these household names have gained more than 30% over the last 52-weeks.  Their momentum has become so unstoppable that someone felt it would be a good idea to create an ETF geared specifically towards this theme. Read more

4 Key Factors To Consider Before Selecting An Active ETF

Written by David Fabian, June 13th, 2017

ETF investors have wholeheartedly embraced the transparency and low-cost of passively managed investment vehicles.  Billions of dollars every year since the great financial crisis have left the obfuscated world of high-priced mutual funds and transitioned into index-based ETFs.

This rotation is almost entirely based on the foundation that you know exactly what you own, why you own it, and what the minimal expenses will be. There is a comfort and reliability that the fund will perform to an exacting standard with very little deviation from its benchmark.

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Contemplating Risk At All-Time Highs In Stocks

Written by David Fabian, May 29th, 2017

It’s easy to get sucked into the tunnel vision of an easy market.  Trends are strong, liquidity is abundant, credit markets are cheerful, and volatility is low.  This is when it becomes easy to get complacent.  To trick yourself into believing the recent past will extend indefinitely into the future.  It’s a mental trap that even the most tenured investors find themselves falling into over various cycles. Read more

My Favorite ETFs Have Nothing To Do With Trump

Written by David Fabian, April 29th, 2017

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency has been good for the stock market.  Whether you agree with his policies or not, there is optimism for the future of the global economy that is being reflected in the recent price action.

Now, of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to see a straight path of gains for the next four years.  There are going to be a myriad of stumbling blocks, uncertainty, and possibly even a bear market that will creep up when we least expect it.  Those declines will be opportunities for those who are ready to take advantage with cash on the sidelines and a well-tuned watch list of solid funds to buy. Read more

3 Active Vanguard Funds That Would Make Great ETFs

Written by David Fabian, March 03rd, 2017

Vanguard ETFs have become a juggernaut in the world of passive investment management.  They are widely used across retail, institutional, and retirement plans as an effective way to get low-cost, liquid, tax efficient, and dependable exposure to both stocks and bonds.  You simply can’t go wrong when choosing one of their funds as a core or tactical holding within your ETF portfolio.  Read more