Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

More and more, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are finding their way into the portfolios of investors. That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of… Read More

Sales climb for Adobe and Fair Isaac

ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. $118.73 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (408-536-6000; www.adobe. com; Shares outstanding: 497.2 million; Market cap: $58.1 billion; No dividends paid) makes software that lets computer users create, edit and share documents in the popular PDF format. Graphic artists also use its… Read More

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

These ETFs, like mutual funds, track major stock market indexes, but their low management fees set them apart.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (New York symbol SPY; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index; they consist of 500… Read More

Updates on six North American ETFs

These six ETFs hold mostly blue-chip stocks that are widely traded on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Each ETF mirrors, or tracks, the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different from narrower indexes that focus on resources or themes such as solar power or… Read More

Hang on to these tech leaders

These two tech firms continue to dominate their main markets. However, we feel their shares will make only limited progress over the next few months.
APPLE INC. $117 (Nasdaq symbol AAPL; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 5.3 billion; Market cap: $620.1 billion;… Read More

Q: Pat: Could you please give me your opinion on two American closed-end funds: Liberty All-Star Equity Fund and AllianzGI Equity & Convertible Income Fund? The yields are great on each fund and you are getting their holdings at a discount. Thank you in advance.

A: Liberty All-Star Equity Fund, $5.22, symbol USA on New York (Units outstanding: 186.8 million; Market cap: $975.1 million; www.all-starfunds.com), is a closed-end fund that aims to combine the stock recommendations of three value-style and two growth-style investment managers.
The fund started up on October 31,… Read More