ETFs

5 Transportation ETFs To Buy For A Road To Profits

5 Transportation ETFs To Buy For A Road To Profits

There aren’t many transportation ETFs, but there are some neat ideas to consider in this group The Dow Jones Transportation Average Index does not get the notoriety of other equity benchmarks, such as the S&P 500 or the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but the transports index is widely viewed as an important tell regarding the overall health of […]

The 10 Best-Performing ETFs This Year

The 10 Best-Performing ETFs This Year

Some of the best-performing ETFs still have plenty of gas in their respective tanks As measured by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY), the world’s largest exchange-traded fund (ETF), domestic stocks are off to fine starts this year. SPY is up nearly 11%. Of course, some of this year’s best-performing ETFs are delivering returns well in excess […]

5 Of The Best Utility ETFs To Invest In Now

5 Of The Best Utility ETFs To Invest In Now

Utility ETFs are some of the best ETFs to buy in tough times The utilities sector accounts for just 3.17% of the S&P 500. Just two sectors — real estate and materials — command smaller weights in the benchmark U.S. equity gauge. Typically, traits like those would lead investors to think the utilities sector is overlooked, […]

Investors Are Learning That Active ETFs Aren’t An Oxymoron

Investors Are Learning That Active ETFs Aren’t An Oxymoron

Anyone who reads financial media has heard time and again that active investing strategies are beginning to die while passive investing has become the law of the land, but things aren’t so simple. Active strategies have certainly been shedding assets at an accelerating pace since the global financial crisis, but there’s one area in which active managers […]

Danger: Sell These 4 ETF Disasters Now (And Buy These 5 Cash Machines Instead)

Danger: Sell These 4 ETF Disasters Now (And Buy These 5 Cash Machines Instead)

I get lots of pushback when I post an article panning exchange-traded funds. ETF fanboys (and girls) base their love on two things: ETFs’ cheap management fees and convenience, because they let you jump into an entire sector in one click. My response? Handle these so-called “set it and forget it” plays with a lot of caution—or risk a […]

Closed-End Funds

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 […]

Two 7% Dividends (With Upside) No One Is Talking About

Two 7% Dividends (With Upside) No One Is Talking About

The headlines say it all: the economy is slowing down, right? And with stocks soaring—up 11% year to date—we must be headed for a correction. Both statements would be off the mark. Because the economic numbers the government is putting out (and the press is repeating without question) are flawed. I’ll show you how in a moment. […]

My Personal Forecast For Gold (And 3 Gold Funds Circling The Drain)

My Personal Forecast For Gold (And 3 Gold Funds Circling The Drain)

Here’s something that might surprise you about gold: closed-end fund (CEF) managers—at least those I speak to—pay little attention to it. We’ll dive into why right now. Then I’ll show you three gold CEFs you need to keep away from your portfolio. Because gold’s future looks nothing like the rosy past gold bugs love to use to justify their […]

Revealed: My Personal 3-Point “When To Sell” Checklist For CEFs

Revealed: My Personal 3-Point “When To Sell” Checklist For CEFs

Income investors are typically a conservative and prudent bunch. Focused on a sustainable income stream, they often look for a sign to avoid a big price drop. So when it comes to one of the highest-yielding investments of all—closed-end funds (CEFs)—how can you know when the time has come to sell? I’ll tackle that question […]

1 Click To Boost Your Dividend Income 4X

1 Click To Boost Your Dividend Income 4X

Today I’m going to reveal a powerful secret that could boost your dividend income 4X. I’m talking about a massive 7.5% income stream here (or nearly 4X the yield on the average S&P 500 stock)—and your capital will grow nicely while you pocket your dividend cash, too. Solid payouts like that put financial independence within reach, […]

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

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 […]

These 6%+ Yielders Are A Screaming Bargain

These 6%+ Yielders Are A Screaming Bargain

If you’ve invested in municipal bonds lately, you may be coming down with a serious case of buyer’s remorse. But you shouldn’t, as I’ll explain in a moment. In fact, now is the perfect time to double down and buy more of these high-yielding, ultra-stable investments. First, let’s look at why “munis” have fallen off […]

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 […]