Q&A: Why Can’t Leveraged ETFs be Bought and Held?
Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

Dear ETFguide, You and just about all the other ETF specialists are very adamant about using leveraged ETFs as short-term trades only. Please comment about what I’ve done for a 5-year period of time that I’ve outlined below. I’ve been

The Best and Worst Sector ETFs of 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014 01:36

After getting off to a shaky start in 2014, U.S. equity markets managed to continue their upward trend, with positive domestic economic data fueling bullish momentum. While major U.S. benchmarks are on track to log in another year of impressive returns in 2014, several corners of the market fared much better than others [see also The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2014]. Below, we highlight 2014’s best and worst Sector ETF performers. In an effort to avoid duplicates, we have profiled only the best or worst performing ETF from a particular sector; for example, if five different China technology ETFs made the list, we only feature the single best (or worst) performing one. Please also note that this list excludes inverse and leveraged ETFs (see All Sector ETFs) and the year-to-date returns are as of December 12, 2014: The Best Performers   This year, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and biotech equities once again logged […]

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3 Tips for Trading Leveraged ETFs
Monday, 22 December 2014 01:36

If you think the stock market is a volatile place, you ought to get a load of ETFs that use leverage. From Sep. 15 to Oct. 16, the ProShares Ultra 2x Dow 30 Fund (NYSEARCA:DDM) collapsed 10.22%. But from Oct.

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The Best and Worst Bond ETFs of 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014 01:36

It has been an interesting year for fixed income markets, as diverging monetary policies and mixed economic reports from across the globe played major roles in bond performances [see also The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2014]. In the U.S., the Fed officially ended its QE stimulus package, and began tapering its purchases every month. Many analysts believe the central bank will adopt a tightening monetary policy sometime next year, meaning rates will likely rise. Outside of the U.S., however, foreign central banks have continued with easy money policies, with some governments implementing additional stimulus measures to prop up lagging economies. These events have ultimately dictated bond markets in 2014. Below, we highlight 2014’s best and worst Bond ETF performers. Please note that this list excludes inverse and leveraged ETFs (see All Bond ETFs) and the year-to-date returns are as of December 18, 2014: The Best Performers   This year, longer-dated Treasuries ETFs were among the top […]

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Using ETFs to Get Emerging Markets Exposure
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:55
Emerging markets have become an increasingly popular investing theme over the last few decades as investors seek new outlets for growth in their portfolios. Where many developed economies are trudging along with low GDP growth each year, there are numerous emerging economies that are far outpacing the growth of more mature nations. As such, it is not surprising to see expanding options for emerging market investing. The ETF world, in particular, has done well to reach into the various corners of the emerging market world, as there are dozens of funds focusing on various aspects of these coveted nations. The two most popular, broad-based funds are the Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) and the MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), but there are dozens of options beyond these to mega-funds. Below, we outline how investors can get started investing in emerging markets utilizing ETFs. The BRIC Nations Brazil, Russia, India, and China make up […]

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