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The Investments Change But The Psychology Remains The Same

Written by David Fabian, December 10th, 2017

The deluge of investment mania surrounding crypto currencies and Bitcoin in particular is unlike anything I have seen throughout my investment career.  Having not managed money through the dot-com bubble, it’s difficult to compare this period to any real-world experience on my part.  Many are jumping to conclusions that this new digital currency is going to revolutionize the world.  Others are comparing it to a disillusioned craze that will only benefit a tiny minority and end badly for most.  Read more

5 Notable Themes Among ETF Closures

Written by David Fabian, September 13th, 2016

No one in the ETF industry does data quite like, which is why I love their free resources for investors. It’s one of my “go to” spots when researching industry trends and investment ideas.

In the course of this weekly analysis, I stumbled upon a list of all ETF closures by year dating back over a decade.  You can view the complete list here.  After sorting and examining the results, I was able to compile numerous observations and common characteristics for funds that are apt to be shut down.

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What ETF Investors Are Buying To Kick Off 2016

Written by David Fabian, January 12th, 2016

With a full week of trading now in the books for 2016, investors are ready to go back to the relative sanctuary of yesteryear.  The major indices are off to a miserable start that has many questioning how to position their portfolio for success in the New Year.   Fortunately, the transparency of the exchange-traded fund (ETF) creation and redemption process gives us a unique perspective of what ETF investors are buying during this tumultuous period.

The fund flows tool at is an excellent resource for this task.  It automatically shows you the top 10 ETFs in creation and redemptions over the past week with customized settings for year-to-date, individual quarters, and other timeframes.

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Reviewing The Hottest New ETFs of 2015

Written by David Fabian, December 01st, 2015

2015 has been an outstanding year for growth in the ETF industry if you measure success by the number of new funds that were created. Over 260 exchange-traded products have debuted so far this year, and with a full month still to go, that number is expected to increase even further.

This new crop of freshman funds span a wide spectrum of investment strategies and are all vying to attract significant investment dollars from the rapidly saturating field. Nevertheless, only a small cadre of unique ETFs have been able to attract noteworthy inflows.

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How To Tell If Your ETF Is On Life Support

Written by David Fabian, September 23rd, 2014

With the ever expanding list of exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded notes becoming saturated with new strategies, investors in these funds must become more discerning in their structural analysis. While index construction, fees, and performance are key variables, many times important vital signs for the overall health of an ETF are easily overlooked.

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