Cutting risk can cut emerging market gains

Some ETFs promote a “scientific” strategy designed to cut their risk without cutting their gains.
Computer modelling is such an approach sound. In our view, though, it’s likely to detract from long-term returns. That’s what happens with many funds that use a so-called “black box” to… Read More

Volatility – A measure of ETF risk

ETFs come in all shapes and sizes and numerous factors can influence their investment risk. One measure—standard deviation—aims to capture the volatility of an ETF’s price fluctuations. That metric is used to indirectly identify the volatility of the stocks that the fund holds.
Standard deviation for… Read More

Small companies have appeal but also risk

Smaller companies can generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they are often riskier and less liquid, and may underperform for long periods.

Small stocks are also more volatile in times of unsettled or falling markets.

Still, if you focus on the best-quality small companies— or… Read More

3 key ETF Definitions for Investors

3 key ETF Definitions for Investors

Our key ETF definitions will help you better understand ETF investing
The simplicity of investing in ETFs holds a lot of appeal for many investors. We’ve compiled a list of ETF definitions so you can determine if ETFs are right for your portfolio.

What does ETF mean?
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Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF copies billionaire investors

The Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF tries to reproduce the investments of Warren Buffett and other billionaires. But that could lead to buying stocks they once had and no longer hold.