This total market index fund should be the default option for most investors' core U.S. equity allocations.
Most strategic-beta funds' performance can be replicated with a combination of market-cap-weighted indexes.
This ETF allows investors to own cheap stocks without the persistent sector bets that most of its peers make.
Quality and value investment strategies often introduce ancillary sector bets, but it may be prudent to constrain them.
This fund favors highly profitable firms with durable competitive advantages.
Momentum funds that aggressively chase performance and keep implementation costs down have the best chance to succeed.
This fund's exchange focus and industry concentration dim some of its shine.
The high-yield bond market poses unique challenges to index funds that make an active approach more attractive.
The firm fortifies its investment team and risk management culture but sticks to its core knitting, warranting a Parent rating upgrade.
Bronze-rated Schwab Fundamental U.S. Small Company ETF attempts to profit from mean-reversion in valuations among small-cap stocks.
Industry tilts appear to pay off for momentum but are not integral to the success of value and low-volatility strategies.
This fund should hold up better than most of its peers during market downturns.
Low-volatility strategies tend to be more sensitive to fluctuating interest rates than the broad market.
This compelling exchange-traded fund has a new benchmark and price tag.
The returns of factor investment strategies often look more impressive in academia than in practice.
This distinctive strategy has a strong record, but its high turnover, fee, and myopic selection criterion detract from its appeal.
High-dividend-paying stocks tend to be more sensitive to interest rates than their lower-yielding counterparts, but not for the reason you might think.
This exchange-traded fund filters out some distressed stocks, but there are cheaper alternatives.
Finding an index that scores well across these six dimensions can help investors choose among seemingly similar funds.
While this natural-resources ETF isn't for the faint of heart, it can offer good diversification benefits.
It may be tempting to time factor strategies, but sticking with a fixed plan is probably a better course of action.
This ETF takes less credit risk than most of its peers, so it offers a lower yield, but its cost advantage gives it a durable edge.
Momentum is so pervasive that it appears among both individual securities and entire indexes.
This multifactor ETF won't shoot the lights out, but it has a good chance to slightly outperform the S&P 500 over the long term.
While it may be intuitive to presume strong economic growth translates into strong stock market performance, the evidence suggests otherwise.
This ETF targets high-dividend payers that have offered a fairly smooth ride.
The case for index investing rests on the index fund's cost advantage and how representative it is of its actively managed peers, not market efficiency.
This is one of the cheapest and most comprehensive Europe-stock funds available.
They're only meant to be a one-day holding, and during that period you're just guessing.
A sizable cost advantage, low turnover, and well-diversified portfolio make Vanguard Value ETF one of the better options in the category.
Currency-hedging and low-volatility approaches might make it easier to stick with international stocks over the long haul.