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Are Active Stock Picking ETFs Missing The Point?

Written by David Fabian, August 29th, 2017

The influx of capital into exchange-traded funds has prompted many active managers to take a hard look at their business models. The old days of high-fee mutual funds, hedge funds, and separate accounts are becoming harder to justify. Investors want transparency, they want liquidity, and they want low-cost.

Those are the hallmarks of the exchange-traded fund platform. It’s why companies like BlackRock and Vanguard have expanded their asset management businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars over the last several years. This is a freight train of capital moving in virtually one direction with no signs of slowing down.

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3 Tips For Finding Your First ETF

Written by David Fabian, January 25th, 2017

Finding your first exchange-traded fund (ETF) is much the same as searching for a new TV.  You know you have a specific need that is easy to fulfill in today’s expansive marketplace. However, the list of options is overwhelming, prices vary wildly, and opinions from friends or family can be conflicting.  There is a confidence gap that must be filled through a combination of research, observation, and experience.

Fortunately, there are several ways to easily narrow this gap so that you can make a poised decision with little risk of regret.  The following are tips for both new investors who are just getting started on this journey and those who have decades of investing experience.

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5 Tips For Getting Started With ETFs

Written by David Fabian, April 20th, 2016

The other day my neighbor asked me what I was investing in right now and I quickly rattled off a few of my favorite exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  His next question:  What’s an ETF?

At first I was shocked that he didn’t know what an ETF is.  I’ve been using ETFs in my investment portfolios for nearly a decade now.  My acquaintance with these tools produces the same feeling of putting on a favorite shirt or easily navigating through my house in the dark.  The feelings of familiarity are so ingrained that I often forget many people are still learning about these investment vehicles for the very first time.  Read more

Pessimism Reigns Supreme On Wall Street

Written by David Fabian, December 22nd, 2015

On the Investor Insights blog we have been providing a great deal of coverage on the divergences between the “haves” and “have nots”. The performance chasing in high flying stocks like Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Facebook has created a wide gap between the “average” stock in the S&P 500 Index. Read more

Making the Jump From Mutual Funds To ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 03rd, 2015

Making a major change to your investment style is one that can often be daunting at first. There are numerous decisions to make, from what type of investment vehicle suits your needs to which advisor has your best interests at heart. No matter what your ultimate goals may be, there is a good chance that over the next several years the majority of investors will be leaving high-fee mutual funds for their low-cost equivalents in exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

This revolution in the investment industry is one that has been steadily progressing for years. ETF assets listed in the United States now surpass $2.1 trillion and are growing at an exponential rate. They have proven to be a reliable and flexible alternative to the traditional mutual fund model and (in my experience) very few investors that switch to ETFs ever look back.

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