Investors seeking yield in REITs have been rewarded, but don't expect great diversification anymore.
Why a risk-averse investor is even more likely to use a passive fund.
With the CBO projecting a recession and the Fed poised to act, equities could be at risk.
We don't advocate shorting, but if you're going to do it, here's how.
It's not Warren Buffett in a box, but it's close.
These five funds have yet to attract much in the way of investor interest, but they're all worth a look.
The municipal market has increased risks, but it still offers decent tax-equivalent yields.
A relatively new approach to portfolio construction says many investors aren't truly diversified.
This sector-oriented ETF offers the best of both worlds for investors: income, low volatility, and exposure to fast-growing emerging markets.
Customer segregated funds were once thought inviolable. My, how the times have changed.
Dividend ETFs have become very popular with investors, but is the group overvalued?
We also go under the hood of some asset-specific costs.
This ETF is a bet that corn prices will keep popping.
Just because junk-bond ETFs trade well does not mean they track their asset class well.
Those who take a contrarian view and are willing to brave potentially choppy near-term winds in coming months should consider this ETF.
There are many different types of emerging-markets bonds.
This ETF doesn't tolerate large losses.
While the higher yields from high payout ratio stocks are enticing, stocks that offer dividend growth are generally higher quality.
This fund trades near 10-year lows and has heavier weightings in firms with strong global operations.
Each of these funds offers access to a useful asset class or strategy, is unique, and has a relatively inexpensive price tag.
This fund offers diversification and automatic rebalancing at a low cost.
Costs don't stop at the expense ratio.
This ETF has become a popular choice for investors looking to diversify their bond holdings.
We can apply fundamental and relative valuation techniques to equity ETFs, with a few caveats.
This consumer staples ETF has a heavy large-cap tilt, with 91% of assets invested in large-cap firms.
Higher income through a mix of equity, bond, REIT, and MLP holdings.
While it may seem boring, slow and steady wins the race, as evidenced by this fund's 4-star status.
Several commodities may lose a long-standing structural demand driver in China's economic shift.
IShares' global low-volatility ETF comes of age.
Equal-weighting strategies can hold appeal, but only if you understand the risk you are taking.
Large-cap U.K. stocks have good exposure to faster-growing emerging markets, have a defensive tilt, and are trading at attractive valuations.
Facebook will be added to the holdings of several of these ETFs soon. Other funds, however, won't be graced with the presence of the social-networking giant for weeks--or months--to come.
Target-maturity bond ETFs are an interesting option for fixed-income investors.
This new active ETF is the best-performing intermediate-term bond fund over the past two months.
Despite the limited upside, utilities are often looked to for stability during periods of heightened market uncertainty.
With the rise in correlations, diversification is more important than ever.
Even in a weaker global economy, Market Vectors Steel ETF fund should keep its strength.
Cap-weighted index funds have somewhat of a global cyclical tilt, as well as exposure to some near-term risks.
Maybe not, as austerity measures, bank deleveraging, and potential political instability create a challenging operating environment in the near and medium term.
Be skeptical and scientific when looking at newfangled funds.
Look to domestic service providers in a rising oil-price environment.
While most premiums and discounts are benign, it pays to check the numbers.
We don't know if and when Latin America will dismount the Chinese dragon, but risks are growing.
Profiting from a contangoed natural gas market.
The iPath DJ-UBS Commodity Index exchange-traded note's success is puzzling when there is a superior ETN option.
Uncertainty over the law's legality and pending federal budget cuts have placed an overhang on the health-care sector. For ETF investors, here are some choices to tap this undervalued sector.
A falling yen benefits Japan's exporters but hurts unhedged Japan equity ETFs.
Here's why and how investors should add gold to their portfolios.
Both have their benefits, but your investment time frame is key.
On the perils of dealing with vastly more sophisticated counterparties.