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ETFs – Year in Pictures

Another eventful year in ETFs is one best experienced in pictures.  If you missed my earlier ETF pictorials, see here: ETF in Pictures I ETF in Pictures II Without further ado, let's look back at the year that was in ETFs.  Enjoy!   ETF Growth ETF assets hit record...

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Investing in Marijuana:  High Crime?

Investing in Marijuana: High Crime?

“It’s actually growing from the ground straight to you, so it’s just like eating a vegetable.  You know what I’m saying?” – Snoop Dogg About this time last year, two questions I kept fielding were “What is bitcoin?” and “Is there a bitcoin ETF?”.  This year, with...

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Fee War Moving to Advisors?

Fee War Moving to Advisors?

With mutual fund and ETF fees continuing to fall (and zero fee funds now available), the spotlight is shifting towards financial advisor compensation. Tim Buckley, CEO of Vanguard presented to 250 Vanguard investors last night. I was there. One of his big initiative...

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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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