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6 Lessons I learned In 2017

Written by David Fabian, December 27th, 2017

The end of every calendar year brings about a sense of accomplishment from both a personal and professional standpoint.  It’s also a wonderful time to reflect on lessons that were learned or re-enforced over the course of the preceding twelve months.  I have made this somewhat of an annual tradition and believe wholeheartedly that this process makes me a better investor, advisor, and writer.  Read more

Value ETFs: Lost But Not Forgotten

Written by David Fabian, December 19th, 2017

The 2017 market has been defined by momentum-driven trends in high growth sectors such as technology and consumer discretionary stocks. The pervasive strength can be attributed to a cadre of household names that have made impressive new highs this year. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix and others have crushed traditional broad-market benchmarks as their stock prices surge and volatility remains muted.

As these market forces exert themselves, the concomitant effect is that conventional value stocks have shown a far more muted pace. Companies in the energy, financial, utility, and consumer staples sectors have lagged the major indexes as investors focus on chasing the strongest performers of the year.

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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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3 ETFs For 2017 Tax-Loss Harvesting

Written by David Fabian, November 28th, 2017

Tax-loss harvesting is one of the more underutilized strategies for taxable investment accounts. This approach involves selling holdings at a loss in the current calendar year to offset capital gains and income. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to replace a mutual fund or ETF with a similar investment to maintain a like-kind asset allocation. The net effect is to mitigate the impact of taxes in a particularly bountiful year.

The first step in this process is identifying holdings that are sitting at a loss and may be ripe for a transition. Your monthly brokerage statement or online portfolio view should allow you to easily spot these culprits. The following categories may be the most easily exploited tax-loss harvesting opportunities for 2017.

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