Written by David Fabian, October 17th, 2017
TD Ameritrade roiled the investment community this week when it announced it was shaking up its commission-free ETF lineup across its entire brokerage platform. The highlights include an expanded number of funds available to trade and fewer restrictions on eligible accounts. They also dropped Morningstar as the advisor that selects the commission-free list, giving in-house management more control over which funds make the cut.
This type of expansive announcement is typically met with great enthusiasm by the advisor community. However, the biggest bombshell is that they are no longer offering Vanguard ETFs on their commission-free list. Yeah, you heard me right…NO VANGUARD. Read more
Written by David Fabian, October 12th, 2017
This morning I saw the graphic below posted on social media as a marketing tool for the new Schwab 1000 Index ETF (SCHK). The intent of this message is to point out the advantageous expense ratio of SCHK in relation to its competition. The fund charges just 5 basis points per year to own the 1,000 largest stocks in the United States. Read more
Written by David Fabian, August 15th, 2017
One of the bigger concerns in the world of exchange-traded fund is the overall growth of the industry over the last decade. As these vehicles swell in popularity, so too does the number of funds that are launched every year and the amount of money that investors entrust to this diversified vehicle.
Some market watchers fear that ETFs themselves are becoming inherently risky for two reasons:
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Written by David Fabian, August 11th, 2017
Dividend growth stocks are public companies that have shown a track record of successive year-over-year increases in their dividend payments to shareholders. They represent an attractive way for income investors to augment and further diversify their portfolios away from a strict high yield focus.
One of the easiest ways to own this group is through a low-cost and liquid exchange-traded fund. If you’ve been around the ETF space for a while, you have probably heard of the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) or the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL). Both funds own a basket of stocks with dividend growth characteristics and have proven to be sound investment vehicles in their own ways. Read more
Written by David Fabian, July 18th, 2017
International stocks have made a big run through the first half of 2017 and one region that’s spearheading the charge is Asia. Countries like Japan, India, South Korea, and Taiwan continue to exhibit dominant momentum driven by a combination of technical and fundamental factors. The depreciation of the U.S. dollar versus regional foreign currencies is one of the more prominent stories driving this thrust, in addition to favorable corporate growth forecasts.
An excellent market capitalization weighted benchmark for tracking the Pacific Rim is the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (VPL). This low-cost index fund has exposure to over 2,200 securities spread throughout the Asia region.
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