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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...
Will Brand Value Ring the Bell?

Will Brand Value Ring the Bell?

This week, I had the honor of participating in the closing bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. Brandometry was celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the Brand Value ETF (BVAL), offered by Exponential ETFs.  Brandometry has developed an innovative index of...
Can Investors and iShares Both Win with Lower Fees?

Can Investors and iShares Both Win with Lower Fees?

While ETF fee cuts are nothing new, iShares’ latest slashing of fees on several popular ETFs seemed to create more buzz than usual.  In one fell swoop, iShares reduced fees on eleven ETFs, saving investors over $51 million dollars annually.  Just.  Like.  That....
Why Fidelity Should Launch a Contrafund ETF

Why Fidelity Should Launch a Contrafund ETF

The New York Times recently chronicled the challenges of Fidelity, perhaps the most renowned and respected active management firm out there: “In each of the last 10 years, Fidelity’s fabled mutual funds have leaked money, no matter how well they have performed. It is...
Still Using a Flip Phone?

Still Using a Flip Phone?

I’m not the guy waiting in line at the Apple store for the latest iPhone release.  I let millions of other people roll the dice on Uber and Airbnb before I made the leap.  I’m just not an “early adopter”, it’s not in my DNA.  I’m much more of a risk manager.  However,...