Written by David Fabian, July 12th, 2017
If you dabble in the closed-end fund market long enough, you are probably going to own a fund that sees its dividend cut. This seemingly innocuous event can have numerous ripple effects for shareholders that should be carefully evaluated before you respond with any knee-jerk reactions. Read more
Written by David Fabian, June 06th, 2017
Complacency in the stock market is almost palpable as $300 billion has flowed into ETF coffers since the U.S. presidential election just seven months ago. With domestic and international indices hitting new all-time or 52-week highs, there continues to be a pervasive sense of calm in stock markets around the globe.
While many investors may be ignoring the risks of a pullback, there are some select ETF issuers who are thinking of the bigger picture and delivering tools to ride out future storms. Three fund companies have released diversified equity strategies this year with built-in hedges or risk management measures to reduce downside volatility. These risk-aware funds will provide active investors greater options to consider if capital preservation or minimizing volatility is a top priority.
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Written by David Fabian, April 28th, 2017
The hot hand in the closed-end fund marketplace this year are global equity funds. These diversified portfolios own a mix of U.S. and international stocks with the added boost of embedded leverage. Some also employ options or other derivative strategies to generate a portion of the abundant income that is distributed to shareholders. Read more
Written by David Fabian, April 21st, 2017
EMAIL INBOX: Dave – read your article today. What is your take on the long short ETF space at this point in the market? Products like DYLS and DYB are looking more appealing in my opinion. Interested to hear your take.
The long/short ETF category is one that many investors may not even know exists. These strategies have typically been the realm of institutional portfolios and sophisticated hedge funds. Now, they are readily available in the form of a diversified and liquid investment vehicle. Read more
Written by David Fabian, March 28th, 2017
There are many stories and books written about the risks of ETFs. Some of these are derived from real-world events, while others are simply speculation about what might come to pass under extreme circumstances. There is also a subset of perceived risks in related asset classes that may not have anything to do with ETFs at all.
The difficult part for investors who use these tools is discerning whether the risks are real, imagined, or simply overstated for the benefit of grabbing your attention. To help shine some additional light on this subject, I want to explain some of the most commonly touted risks and look at various strategies to mitigate them.