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City of Dreams

City of Dreams

This week, I had the opportunity to travel to New York and appear on Bloomberg’s ETF IQ.  If you’re not familiar with ETF IQ, it’s a weekly ETF-focused (what else?) show hosted by Scarlet Fu and Bloomberg’s resident ETF expert Eric Balchunas.  It launched last...

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Fear Sells

Fear Sells

Dow ends wild day down 1,175 points, largest point drop in history – USA Today, February 5th Dow plunges more than 1,000 points on specter of higher interest rates – Washington Post, February 8th LIVE tonight at 7p ET: Tune into @CNBC's special report, "Markets in...

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“Hockey Stick” ETF Growth

“Hockey Stick” ETF Growth

ETF growth appears to be hitting the steep part of the “hockey stick” curve. UNREAL, another $5b into ETFs last night, brings Jan total to $78.6b, which destroys all-time monthly flow record by $18b (or 30%), this is a nearly $4b/day pace.. pic.twitter.com/h4OaSxAHVz...

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5 Takeaways from Inside ETFs

5 Takeaways from Inside ETFs

The 2018 edition of the world’s largest ETF conference featured 2,500+ attendees, 200+ experts on everything from the SPDR S&P 500 ETF to hidden gem ETFs you’ve never heard of, an exhibit hall where nearly every ETF provider was well-represented, and a star-studded...

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25 Years Ago, an Investing Revolution was Born

25 Years Ago, an Investing Revolution was Born

Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of the first U.S.-listed ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).  Born out of the 1987 stock market crash (I highly recommend this fantastic account from Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas), SPY sparked an investing revolution.  In the...

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Predictions Vs. Probabilities

Predictions Vs. Probabilities

"To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. " -Oscar Wilde Understanding the difference between a prediction and the probability of a particular outcome occurring is an important distinction for successful investors.  Anyone, regardless of their...

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5 ETF Predictions for 2018

5 ETF Predictions for 2018

“I try not to get involved in the business of prediction. It's a quick way to look like an idiot.” – Award-winning author Warren Ellis Anyone who knows me is well aware of my disdain for predictions.  Nobody has a crystal ball and even if you think you have one, as...

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Tastes Great, Less Filling!

Tastes Great, Less Filling!

This past week, I had an interesting conversation with Phil Bak, CEO of Exponential ETFs, an upstart ETF provider who recently launched the Reverse Cap Weighted U.S. Large Cap ETF (RVRS).  Phil took some flak on social media and even through direct e-mails in response...

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Bitcoin – In Charts

Bitcoin – In Charts

Price of bitcoin: Source:  Coindesk.com   Bitcoin market cap: Source:  WSJ   Market cap comparison: Source:  @Charliebilello   Bitcoin hashrate: Source:  blockchain.info   Bitcoin transactions per day: Source: Bitcoin.com   Bitcoin exchange app downloads: Source: ...

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Of Course, ETF Cost Isn’t Everything!

Of Course, ETF Cost Isn’t Everything!

Recently, I’ve seen lot of financial media and industry chatter regarding ETF costs – only not in the way you might expect.  Instead of the usual talk about ETFs lowering the cost of investing or how ETF providers are ripping each other’s faces off in a race to see...

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