UPDATE: ETFs win the battle, but will they help you win the war?
Total return and risk-adjusted performance both support the view that mutual funds , closed - end funds, and exchange - traded funds are not created equal.
Whether you prefer an active or an index approach, our analysts say these are the best of breed.
We take a look at a tactical closed - end fund investing strategy.
Don't forget what the "ET" in ETF stands for.
ETFs can offer better tax efficiency, but mainly in the domestic-equity realm.
Brokerage fees, lack of active offerings can tip the scales.
Schwab Reports Monthly Activity Highlights
In-kind redemptions give ETFs an edge in tax efficiency, but other factors are bigger when comparing them with mutual funds .
The Federal Reserve's bond purchases are contributing to greater inflows into fixed-income funds, while demand for stock funds is near multiyear lows.