ETFs

5 Best ETFs To Set And Forget

5 Best ETFs To Set And Forget

These are some of the best ETFs for investors looking for low fees and easy to understand investment concepts While use of ETFs among institutional and other professional investors continues growing at a rapid rate, retail investors and advisors representing those investors remain core constituencies among ETF users. As has been widely noted, retail investors […]

Six Measures For Comparing Funds

Six Measures For Comparing Funds

While sorting through studies to feature in the Dispatches section of the May AAII Journal, I came across one comparing 21 similar funds from Vanguard and Fidelity. There wasn’t a clear winner between the two fund companies. Vanguard’s funds fared better on some aspects, while Fidelity’s fared better on others. A summary of the comparisons can be […]

5 High-Growth Funds To Buy For Outperformance

5 High-Growth Funds To Buy For Outperformance

Growth funds have the potential to continue outpacing their value rivals Market observers and pundits may debate that the bull market that started in March 2009 ended during the fourth-quarter swoon of 2018. While there is some debate surrounding the age of the bull market, what cannot be argued is that high-growth funds, stocks and the […]

3 Brand-New Cannabis ETFs Set To Launch

3 Brand-New Cannabis ETFs Set To Launch

After a smoking-hot performance during 2018, cannabis-related stocks have cooled quite a bit in 2019. Many popular names such as Tilray (TLRY), Canopy (CGC), and Cronos (CRON) are 25% to 50% off their 52-week highs. This may actually prove to be a good thing for both investors and the three firms that are set to launch new Cannabis based exchange-traded funds […]

5 Of The Best Funds For Downside Protection

5 Of The Best Funds For Downside Protection

These are some of the best funds for investors concerned about the end of the bull market With the S&P 500 up about 15% year-to-date, it would appear safe to say that the bull market is intact. The other side of that discussion is that stocks plunged in the fourth quarter, basically entering a bear market while reminding […]

Closed-End Funds

Preferred Stocks: 8 Easy Ways To 6%-7% Yields

Preferred Stocks: 8 Easy Ways To 6%-7% Yields

As investors near retirement, they tend to favor bonds, which provide income and less drama than stocks. However, less drama means less potential upside. With retirees living longer than ever before—which means much more time for inflation to eat away at your nest egg’s purchasing power—it’s important to not go too conservative too early in […]

Closed-End Bond Funds, Friend Or Foe?

Closed-End Bond Funds, Friend Or Foe?

In our article, “Is Your Money Manager Really Listening?”, subscriber Rick G. reported a bad experience when his money manager invested in a closed-end bond fund: “…. He put me in several Closed-End Bond Funds (CEFs). He said they were good deals as they were selling at a discount to Net Asset Value (NAV). Upon further […]

Forget Oil: This 7.6% Dividend Will Soar In 2019

Forget Oil: This 7.6% Dividend Will Soar In 2019

Oil prices have been locked in a tight range for five years—and I know I don’t have to tell you that this has been a disaster for energy investors. Oil Fails to Launch With the benchmark Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) unable to hold its gains for long (let alone recover to pre-crash levels), even the most […]

The 7 Steps I Always Follow For 8% Dividends In CEFs

The 7 Steps I Always Follow For 8% Dividends In CEFs

Today, the 10-year Treasury pays just 2.4%. Put a million bucks in T-Bills and you’re banking $24,000 per year. Barely above poverty levels! Hence the appeal of closed-end funds (CEFs), which often pay 8% or better. That’s the difference between a paltry minimum-wage income of $24,000 on a million saved or a respectable $80,000 annually. And […]

1,000%+ Gains And 7.2% Dividends in 1 Buy. Here’s How

1,000%+ Gains And 7.2% Dividends in 1 Buy. Here’s How

It’s a question that’s absolutely critical when judging a closed-end fund: how safe is the dividend? This is particularly crucial when you consider the huge yields the average CEF offers compared to their ETF cousins. For the 2,918 ETFs available to US investors, the average payout is 1.9%, partly because 735 of these funds pay nothing […]

Dividend ETFs

Are These 7 Dividend Aristocrats ETFs Fit For A King?

Are These 7 Dividend Aristocrats ETFs Fit For A King?

Dividend aristocrats ETFs are excellent ways for investors to tap steady dividend growth Many folks infer an element of royalty when they hear the word “aristocrat.” While the U.S. is a democracy, not a monarchy, there are plenty of ways for dividend investors to become aristocratic in their own right. Several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) track indices […]

7 Inexpensive High Dividend ETFs To Buy

7 Inexpensive High Dividend ETFs To Buy

These high dividend ETFs come with income and low fees The universe of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is awash in low-fee products and that space is growing as issuers use discounted fees to lure investors. Income-seeking investors do not have to pay up to access high dividend ETFs. In fact, numerous high dividend ETFs can be considered […]

10 Dividend Funds For Steady Income

10 Dividend Funds For Steady Income

There are dividend funds for almost any kind of investors looking for steady payouts Interest rates are rising in the U.S. and some other markets, but that is not standing in the way of solid dividend growth. Data confirm as much. In fact, global dividends recently ascended to a record high. “Global dividends jumped 12.9% […]

7 ETFs Where Dividends And Low Volatility Meet

7 ETFs Where Dividends And Low Volatility Meet

Like dividends and low volatility? You’ll love these ETFs. Various historical data points and research confirm that dividend-paying stocks are usually less volatile than their non-dividend counterparts. Additionally, stocks that are less volatile, over the long-term, typically outperform rivals that experience larger drawdowns or have higher standard deviations. The takeaways are these: dividend stocks are […]

3 High-Yield ETFs You Haven’t Heard Of

3 High-Yield ETFs You Haven’t Heard Of

These high-yield ETFs are worth a look The advent of exchange-traded funds, especially high-yield ETFs, in the stock market offered investors with some of the best ways to create a diversified portfolio. ETFs offer mutual fund strength diversification, and spreading that risk creates more safety, up to a point. High-yield ETFs are attractive for retirement […]

Foreign Market ETFs

Buy These ETFs Setting Up Profits From A Strong Dollar

Buy These ETFs Setting Up Profits From A Strong Dollar

August – a month with many market participants on vacation – is well known for its bouts of volatility and markets in a tizzy about things not so important. This year is holding to form with a selloff triggered by worries that turmoil in Turkey – mainly caused by a steep fall in its currency […]

7 Emerging-Markets ETFs To Buy

7 Emerging-Markets ETFs To Buy

Emerging markets assets are slumping, but if that changes, these ETFs could be leaders For a variety of reasons, emerging markets stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being punished this year. The widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index is lower by nearly 7% year-to-date and some funds tracking developing economies are sporting […]

7 Emerging Market ETFs To Buy For Big Gains In 2018

7 Emerging Market ETFs To Buy For Big Gains In 2018

These funds provide easy access to global opportunities Emerging market ETFs had a great year in 2017. That may come as a surprise to some investors who were only looking at U.S. stocks, but it’s true. Consider, for instance, that China’s benchmark Hang Seng Index is up about 35% on the year. That puts even the 18% […]

7 Country ETFs Worth Owning Outside U.S.

7 Country ETFs Worth Owning Outside U.S.

These seven ETFs will give you plenty of geographic diversification Home-country bias is a particular ailment that investors suffer from whether you live in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom or any other country with a significant stock market. It’s impossible to run away from and it’s a big reason why Americans ought to consider […]

5 International ETFs Worth Adding To Your Portfolio

5 International ETFs Worth Adding To Your Portfolio

Many investors focus heavily on individual security selection, but proper asset allocation is where you get most of the bang for your buck. There’s almost always a decent value to be found somewhere in the world.  And many asset classes tend to revert to their mean- if one country outperforms another country over the course […]

Bond ETFs

These Fixed Income Investments Can Give You Peace Of Mind

These Fixed Income Investments Can Give You Peace Of Mind

There has been 9 rate hikes in the US since 2015. However it has been about half a year since the last hike. With uncertain factors such as the ongoing trade war with China, and the geopolitical turmoil surrounding oil make the Federal Reserve more hesitant to continue raising rates. WTI price increased by over […]

Avoid These 3 Bond Funds When Interest Rates Rise

Avoid These 3 Bond Funds When Interest Rates Rise

Are bond funds a safe haven if the stock market crashes? With interest rates about to rise, is it a good time to invest in a bond fund? These are questions investors may be asking themselves as the stock market may be peaking and the Fed keeps jacking up interest rates. If you are fearful […]

5 Cheap Fidelity ETFs For Retirement

5 Cheap Fidelity ETFs For Retirement

These low-fee Fidelity ETFs can help investors plan for retirement Many mutual fund investors and those with employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans are familiar with Fidelity mutual funds and index funds. Several years ago, the Boston-based fund giant got involved in the exchange traded funds (ETFs). While Fidelity ETFs have a long way […]

3 Growth ETFs For High Yield And Diversification

3 Growth ETFs For High Yield And Diversification

Thanks to the near zero percent (and even negative!) interest rate policies  of central banks, financial markets are certainly in a brave new world. In other words, central bankers have set rates near zero – as the Federal Reserve has done with the Federal Funds rate – or even pushed them below zero. Below zero […]

4 Stocks Safe From The Fed’s Next Move

4 Stocks Safe From The Fed’s Next Move

Operating in a long-term bull market that doesn’t look over yet, these four stocks represent great buys for the investor looking for safety and returns. Add these stocks to your portfolio and you’ll never worry about what the Fed will do next. Many experienced investors’ antennae were twitching in alert earlier this year as Wall […]

REITs

REITs Make Owning Properties Like A Mogul Easy

REITs Make Owning Properties Like A Mogul Easy

Imagine owning properties all over the world, collecting rent, and never having to deal with the pesky issues of tenants that stem from being a landlord. Sound’s crazy? Maybe not. There’s a way that this is absolutely possible. Invest like a mogul That way relates to what are called real estate investment trusts, or REITs. […]

The Ultimate 3-Step Strategy For Big REIT Profits

The Ultimate 3-Step Strategy For Big REIT Profits

I’ve spoken to a lot of investors who are still scared of real estate after the housing bubble burst in 2008. These folks have a lot of cash on the sidelines, and they’re desperate for income, but they’re too scared to jump into real estate. Usually when investors express these fears, I show them this […]

4 REITs To Buy Before December 13 – And 45 To Avoid

4 REITs To Buy Before December 13 – And 45 To Avoid

Today I’m going to show you 4 REITs with high—and growing—yields that are bargains now. But you’ve only got weeks to act here, and likely less. Why? Because real estate investment trusts have underperformed the broader market by a lot in the last six weeks … but a proven contrarian signal is about to send the […]

5 REITs That Are Just Right For Retirement

5 REITs That Are Just Right For Retirement

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a must-have holding for any and all retirement accounts. The five REITs I’m about to show you are pivotal to both growing your nest egg, then delivering consistent cash to pay the bills once you’ve called it a career. Slowly but surely, market research is starting to agree with […]

7 Dividend-Growing REITs That Cost Next To Nothing

7 Dividend-Growing REITs That Cost Next To Nothing

Thanks to recent stumbles, real estate investment trusts are cheap Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been one of the go-to investments over the past few years as investors have looked toward securities with high yields. And thanks to their tax structures, most REITs have yields in the 4% to 7% range. However, with interest […]