How to Pick a Top ETF Investment

How to Pick a Top ETF Investment

A top ETF will practice “passive” management, and have a much lower MER than a comparable mutual fund.

You might say we specialize in “plain vanilla” stocks—the ordinary kind, in other words, without any special features. We always almost stay out of new issues. For the most… Read More

Trading ETFs can just make dumb moves cheaper

Trading ETFs can work just as well in facilitating dumb moves as it does with smart moves.

Most investors would agree when we say that Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs started out as the most benign investment innovation that has come along in… Read More

How do new ETFs compare with older-style ETFs?

Many new ETFs have wide appeal and include a broad range of investment opportunities. They can also come with extra costs that investors should be aware of.

Most investors would agree when we say that Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) started out as the… Read More

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of March 24, 2015

Most investors would agree when I say that Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) started out as the most benign investment innovation that has come along in our lifetimes.
However, as often happens after the successful launch of any new investment product, the financial… Read More

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of May 27, 2014?

On occasion, we come across an investment that provides a clear example of one or more investment principles. Global X Social Media ETF, which we analyze in this week’s first question, touches on several.

ETFs. Exchange traded funds are a relatively recent and benign investment innovation… Read More

What is Pat's commentary for the week of August 8, 2012?

You might say we specialize in “plain vanilla” stocks, bonds and mutual funds—the ordinary kind, in other words, without any special features. We almost always stay out of new issues. We’ve always been highly selective in our income trust and royalty trust recommendations. We advise… Read More

Risks of ETFs

Everybody knows it’s hard to beat the market over long periods. Fewer investors recognize that it’s easy to do a lot worse than the market. It’s especially easy if you fall for every new investment innovation that comes along.

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an investment innovation… Read More