ETFs

3 Hopeless ETFs Ranked From “Disastrous” To “Poor” (You Likely Own #1)

3 Hopeless ETFs Ranked From “Disastrous” To “Poor” (You Likely Own #1)

Is last week’s rate-cut temper tantrum the start of a bigger meltdown? That’s the big question—and today we’re going to do what we have to do to protect our nest egg—and set ourselves up for big gains (and dividends) in the long run. That means we may only have days to prepare—maybe even hours. The […]

7 Bad ETFs That Just Aren’t Worth The Trouble This Year

7 Bad ETFs That Just Aren’t Worth The Trouble This Year

Some of these are bad ETFs, but some could easily turn into winners The S&P 500 is up nearly 19% year-to-date and in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs), about 90% of those trading in the U.S. are in the green this year. In other words, stocks and ETFs that are slumping this year really standout […]

7 Of The Best Smart-Beta ETFs To Target Right Now

7 Of The Best Smart-Beta ETFs To Target Right Now

Smart beta ETFs may not be the rage they used to be, but there are some great funds in this category. For a while now, advisors and investors have been hearing more and more about smart-beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These are an increasingly prominent part of the ETF landscape with a rather broad definition. In […]

5 Cheap ETFs That Aren’t Actually A Good Value

5 Cheap ETFs That Aren’t Actually A Good Value

There are tons of cheap ETFs out there, but not all of them are the best ETFs There are now scores of cheap ETFs and by all accounts, investors love these products. Honing in on a specific fee range, even when excluding the two ETFs that do not have annual fees, there are 100 ETFs in the […]

Fixed Income Is Dominating ETF Flows, Smart Beta And Active Are Gaining

Fixed Income Is Dominating ETF Flows, Smart Beta And Active Are Gaining

Exchange-traded funds continue to play a major role in investment portfolios amid the shift toward passive investment options, but even ETFs aren’t immune from liquidations and flow problems. UBS reports that although there are more than 100 issuers of ETFs, the market is still very concentrated. BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street hold an 81% share of […]

Closed-End Funds

The Fed Cuts, You Gain: An 8.4% Dividend That Grows As Rates Fall

The Fed Cuts, You Gain: An 8.4% Dividend That Grows As Rates Fall

The PGIM High Yield Bond Fund (ISD) trades at a huge discount that’s going to disappear soon. Before I explain why, let me tell you something else about this fund: it boasts a huge 8.4% dividend yield. In other words, you’d get $700 per month—or $8,400 a year—in income on every $100,000 invested. And you should consider […]

2 Big 6.7%+ Dividends (With Upside) You Can Buy Today

2 Big 6.7%+ Dividends (With Upside) You Can Buy Today

Volatility is back! With the market whipsawing again, you’re likely seeing more red in your portfolio these days. At times like this, you might be tempted to give in to emotion and sell. That’s understandable—self-preservation is, after all, our most powerful instinct. But keep your nerve. Because now is the time for contrarians like us to get […]

These 2 “Silent Wealth Builders” Are Set To Soar (And Yield 6.8%+)

These 2 “Silent Wealth Builders” Are Set To Soar (And Yield 6.8%+)

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) sound boring, but the truth is they’re the hottest investments out there. And today I’m going to give you two great ways to buy in: both are REIT-focused funds with big yields—I’m talking 6.8% and up! You’ve no doubt noticed that REITs get little attention in the financial press. That’s […]

Revealed: The 5 Best CEFs For 17%+ Yearly Gains, 6%+ Dividends

Revealed: The 5 Best CEFs For 17%+ Yearly Gains, 6%+ Dividends

Something unusual has happened in closed-end funds (CEFs) lately—a lot of new names are showing up in the leaderboard of the top long-term performers. According to my CEF Insider service, there are now 36 funds that have delivered over 15% annualized total returns over the last decade, and three have delivered over 20% annualized returns, including their hefty dividend […]

Buy And Hold Forever? Nope. I’d Sell If You See These 3 Signs

Buy And Hold Forever? Nope. I’d Sell If You See These 3 Signs

Members of our CEF Insider service often ask me when they should sell a closed-end fund. The truth is, when it comes to CEFs, it’s easier to know when to buy than when to sell. If the fund is well managed, has a strong track record, is deeply discounted in relation to net asset value, or NAV (another way of […]

Dividend ETFs

5 Dependable Dividend ETFs To Invest In

5 Dependable Dividend ETFs To Invest In

These dividend ETFs could prove to be ideal in a world of negative bond yields and declining interest rates. The Federal Reserve did what investors were hoping for Wednesday — that is, lowering interest rates. Perhaps it was a case of selling the news or market participants wanting an 0.5% rate cut instead of the […]

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 […]

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

5 Thematic ETFs For Fixed-Income Investors

5 Thematic ETFs For Fixed-Income Investors

These bond ETFs show that different can be better Whether it is an ETF dedicated to 5G, cannabis, electric vehicles or small-cap biotechnology stocks, there are a growing number of thematic funds on the market. Predictably, however, the vast majority of thematic ETFs are equity-based products. On the other hand, many of the largest fixed-income ETFs are basic in […]

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 […]

Mutual Funds

7 Great No-Load Mutual Funds For Retirement Portfolios

7 Great No-Load Mutual Funds For Retirement Portfolios

These no-load mutual funds can work in portfolios with long-term and retirement plans Many actively-managed mutual funds carry higher fees than passive index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, assuming investors are able to identify the active managers with track records of consistent out-performance. Making matters tougher on investors […]

5 Best Actively Managed Mutual Funds To Buy

5 Best Actively Managed Mutual Funds To Buy

These actively managed funds could help investors find compelling returns Due in large part to the rise of passive index funds and ETFs, actively managed funds have been taking some lumps in recent years. While fees have been declining on actively managed funds, those products have not been able to compete with ETFs when it comes […]

5 No- Or Low-Cost ETFs And Index Funds

5 No- Or Low-Cost ETFs And Index Funds

These low-cost funds are among the cheapest of the cheap Low fees are one of the primary reasons why so many advisors and investors continue gravitating toward index funds and ETFs. Being mindful of the impact fund fees have on investors also explains why some fund issuers, like Vanguard, are revered by many investors. There is […]

7 Index Funds To Buy Now

7 Index Funds To Buy Now

Both ETFs and mutual funds can fit the bill If you ask Warren Buffett about what stocks to own, he’ll tell you you are better off looking for low-cost index funds to buy like the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:VOO) or the mutual fund version, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (MUTF:VFINX). The ETF version charges 0.04% annually while the mutual fund […]

10 Best Mutual Funds For Retirement

10 Best Mutual Funds For Retirement

These 10 top mutual funds includes all of the primary needs of investors during their retirement years Choosing the best mutual funds for retirement is a subjective exercise in investment selection — which is to say that each individual investor will have unique objectives they need to meet. Therefore the best funds to buy in retirement […]