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3 Emerging Market ETFs With Factor Influences

Written by David Fabian, January 10th, 2018

Emerging market stocks have been red-hot over the past year amid a global rise in asset prices fueled by economic confidence.  As a result, exchange-traded funds that track these companies have become an increasingly bigger focus among investor portfolio decisions.

The most common starting place in the hunt for emerging market exposure are the largest and most well-known funds in this group.  The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Market ETF (VWO), for instance, has over $68 billion dedicated to a diverse group of nearly 5,000 stocks spread throughout the globe.  China, Taiwan, India, and Brazil dominate the top country rankings in this broad index for a miserly cost of just 0.14% annually to own.

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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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TD Says Goodbye to Commission-Free Vanguard ETFs

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

What A Time To Be Alive

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

Data Proves ETF Investors Prefer Battle-Tested Funds

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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