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Negative ETF Fees = Negative for Investors???

Negative ETF Fees = Negative for Investors???

I recently chronicled the latest flare-up in the savage ETF fee war.  In the span of two weeks, we saw filings for the first “free” ETFs, the launch of the cheapest (for now) ETF, and meaningful fee moves from four of the top five ETF providers.  Then it happened. ...

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ETF Fee War Reignites

ETF Fee War Reignites

“If you lower it, they will come.” -Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas   I recently declared the ETF fee war officially over: “My sense is the majority of companies offering plain-vanilla ETFs simply don’t have much room to drop fees any further.  Sure, some will still jockey...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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 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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