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Stagecoach Robbery

Stagecoach Robbery

By now, you've likely (hopefully) seen some of the many headlines of Wells Fargo malfeasance.  The latest was artfully captured by Barry Ritholtz... At this point, if you STILL have any financial relationship with Wells Fargo, you have implicitly given them permission...

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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

Earlier this year, I chronicled “Core Wars”, the ruthless ETF fee competition being waged over the core building blocks of a portfolio.  Investors continue plowing money into the lowest cost ETFs, resulting in fund companies battling for those dollars by engaging in a...

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ETFs in Pictures II

ETFs in Pictures II

Earlier this year, I put nearly 20 of my favorite ETF-related charts in a single spot.  Images are often more powerful than words.  Based on the response I received, I decided to compile some new favorites, all of which I’ve come across over the past several months. ...

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The Case for a Bitcoin ETF

The Case for a Bitcoin ETF

“So I don’t (have bitcoin). But I’m a big fan of innovation.” - SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Consider this my public comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a proposed bitcoin ETF.  The idea of packaging bitcoin into an ETF is creating something...

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Fidelity Takes the Leap to Zero

Fidelity Takes the Leap to Zero

The first free index funds are finally here!  Tomorrow, Fidelity will unveil two broad-based, self-indexed mutual funds with a 0.00% fee.  In 2016, I made the prediction that several prominent ETFs will lower expense ratios to zero in 2017.  I was off by a year and...

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Vanguard Goes Nuclear

Vanguard Goes Nuclear

"This is an unexpected move by Vanguard, and absolutely the next salvo in the ETF fee war." - Dave Nadig, Managing Director of ETF.com   A ruthless ETF fee war escalated this week with Vanguard announcing 1,800+ ETFs (pretty much every ETF except leveraged and...

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Bitcoin in Charts – Updated

Bitcoin in Charts – Updated

Bitcoin's rise (and current fall) has produced some of the more incredible charts you'll find anywhere.  In December 2017, not long before bitcoin hit its all-time high, I put together a compilation of some of my favorites.  At the time, there was a lot of debate over...

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