ETFs & Indexing

Congressional ETF Hearing Video

***** Click Here For Video Feed *****                During this testimony Harold Bradley from the Kauffman Foundation delivers yet again false information and flawed math about Exchange Traded Funds. Elisabeth Kashner of Indexuniverse.com wrote a great blog on Mr. Bradley’s many errors.              
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Wiser Research – Emerging Market ETFs

Emerging Markets should be a part of every portfolio. With many ETF choices this post dives into Emerging Market modeling.
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Best Execution in ETFs, how much do you really pay?

***Originally published in the July 2011 edition of NAAIM’s “The Active Manager” By Scott Freeze. Best Execution is a very difficult metric to measure since it is such a subjective benchmark. In a “thinner” ETF with a wide spread, such as MNA (IndexIQ Merger Arbitrage), you have a 20 cent spread and very low volume. If you buy on the offer, or sell at the bid, this would be construed as “best execution”, but a position bid (where your broker fills you on the whole […]
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Emerging Markets VWO vs DEM

The research staff here at Wiser Wealth recently analyzed all the broad based ETFs that track emerging market indices. The staple in Emerging Markets is currently Vanguards VWO and iShares’ EEM. The comparison articles on these funds are endless. One fund that filtered to the top of the Emerging Market ETF list that might be less known is Wisdom Tree’s DEM. We compared it in this article to Vanguards VWO. The following report helps compare the DEM and VWO Emerging Market strategies as well as the results of the last few years.
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Wiser Wealth Interviewed by ETFs Asia

Casey Smith was recently interviewed by ETFs Asia. ETFs Asia is a conference in Hong Kong in late 2011 covering Exchange Traded Funds. Casey was unable to speak at the conference because of a conflict, but did this interview to talk about the development of ETFs in Asia and at home here in the US.
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Why use Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?

The University of Maryland has a study that shows only .06% of active fund managers from 1975 - 2007 beat their corresponding index.
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Where’s the Yield? Generating Income in Your Portfolio

Portfolio yields are under pressure due to the worldwide flight to safety over the last few years, making conservative and income growth portfolios more difficult to manage. While bond investments made a few years ago have done historically well, new investments have greater principal risk with low historic yields.
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An ETN to replace the Variable Annuity?

A new exchange traded note (ETN) has come to market offering a well-known approach to investing found in active investment strategies, but new to the exchange traded products. The US RBS Trend Pilot ETN (ticker TRND) tracks the total return of the S&P 500 (actual return plus dividends), but provides safety in that if the S&P 500 drops below its 200 day moving average, then TRND will “sell” the S&P 500 and “purchase” short duration US treasury bonds. Looking back to 2008, TRND would have been in treasuries during the financial crisis, missing the worst decline in the S&P 500 in decades and benefiting from treasuries climbing to record prices.
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Casey Smith Interviewed by etfshub.com – Active ETFs

Casey Smith talked with Shishir Nigam of etfshub.com to discuss the future of Active ETFs and the hurdles that they will need to overcome.
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Can An ETF Collapse? The Study that was proven false.

Can an ETF Fail? A study by two PHD's makes one believe that ETFs are unsafe investments.
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