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The ETF Echo Chamber

The ETF Echo Chamber

ETFs have democratized investing, but they haven’t democratized financial and ETF literacy.   Several years ago, I was meeting a friend at a packed coffee shop when the conversation veered into a slightly heated debate over whether the average person knew what an ETF...
5 Takeaways from Inside ETFs 2019

5 Takeaways from Inside ETFs 2019

The world’s premier ETF conference convened in Hollywood, Florida this past week with pretty much everyone who’s anyone in ETFs attending.  Financial advisors, fund companies, and analysts were among the 2,300+ attendees preaching or being preached the ETF gospel. ...
Jack Bogle: An ETF is Like Handing an Arsonist a Match

Jack Bogle: An ETF is Like Handing an Arsonist a Match

The investment world recently lost a legend when Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle, the father of indexing and low-cost investing, passed away at age 89.  Jack had a complicated relationship with ETFs.  While he came to appreciate low cost, broad-based index ETFs, he had...
5 ETF Predictions for 2019

5 ETF Predictions for 2019

There’s an old saying that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”.  Please.  Check out my 2018 ETF predictions, where I’m going to give myself a little leeway and say I nailed 5 out of 5.  You be the judge – and no question my bonus prediction of...
ETFs – Year in Pictures

ETFs – Year in Pictures

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