A relatively high fee and structural impediments encumber SPDR S&P 500's performance.
Currency-hedging and low-volatility approaches might make it easier to stick with international stocks over the long haul.
Playing favorites here is difficult given that each of these strategies is designed to deliver somewhat different outcomes.
This Dow Jones Industrial Average tracker has an odd weighting scheme that limits its appeal.
Parsing the details of index methodologies is central to understanding the processes of index funds and ETFs and informs our overall assessment of these funds' investment merit.
Foreign stocks can be riskier than their U.S. counterparts, but it is possible to mitigate this risk.
A race to lower expense ratios on broad-market ETFs, along with other factors, has pushed the estimated holding costs of many funds to nearly zero, writes Morningstar's Ben Johnson.
What our Estimated Holding Cost metric reveals.
Average fees paid by ETF investors have fallen over the last decade as low-cost options gain popularity and large flows create economies of scale.
Some newly minted currency hedgers seem to lack the fortitude necessary to reap the long-term benefits of hedging currency risk.