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This article is more than 10 years old. In this new Morningstar video, I discuss my forthcoming book, The Power of Passive Investing, and argue that the more actively managed funds you put in a portfolio, and the longer those funds are held, the lower the probability that this active fund portfolio will outperform a
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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 10/26/11, Epoch Holding Corp (NASD: EPHC) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.08, payable on 11/11/11. As a percentage of EPHC’s recent stock price of $18.18, this dividend works out to approximately 0.44%. Below is a dividend history chart for EPHC,
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(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Investment management is a complex business, sometimes unnecessarily so. Like any sector of the economy, it has entrenched interests who gain from keeping the mystique level high and barriers to entry intact. The first step for retirees, then, is to understand the players and their motivations. After all, it’s your money. Placing
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The polls are clear and dismaying. Just 13% of Americans are “very confident” in their retirement planning, while 38% are “somewhat confident,” the Employee Benefit Research Institute found in a 2013 poll. That means nearly half of us (49%) are somewhere on the other side of that line. Shockingly, nearly a third of Americans (28%) are
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If you’re reading these words, I’d wager it’s because the headline piqued your interest. From that, it seems clear that you already know what an IRA is and think you might need one. Mostly probably, though, you don’t have one. But you should, and you probably should have two. Let me explain why. If you have a
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Retail cash outflows from U.S. high-yield funds deepened to $859 million in the week ended April 29, and there was a huge influence from the exchange-traded-fund segment, at 85% of the withdrawal, or $724 million, according to Lipper. The outflow expands upon the $162 million withdrawal last week, for a net $1 billion redemption over the
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A prudent investor takes advantage of market dips. He buys oversold assets when the market panics—and stays the course during recoveries. Unfortunately, prudent investors looking to add to their portfolios now can’t capitalize on a panicking market. This year saw two great buying opportunities: first in February when the market freaked out over global economic
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Travel Rewards Credit Cards Pexels As summer travel heats up, it’s an opportune time to consider a rewards credit card. Here’s what you need to know and how to choose the best rewards credit cards. What Are The Major Types of Rewards Credit Cards? There are several types of rewards credit cards, including cash back
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The Asia-Pacific region enjoys stability as a whole, and broad and multiple forms of regional cooperation has produced market results. – Wu Bangguo The iShares Asia 50 ETF (NASDAQ:AIA) enables prospective investors to dabble with 50 of the largest Asian stocks. In this article, I will highlight some of the good and bad aspects of
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At least for the past three years, if not longer, many experts have been betting on the resurgence of small-cap stocks. Barron’s even called 2017 “the year of the small cap”. So far, and apart from a few head fakes, these hopes have been crushed by continued underperformance relative to large cap (more on this
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Since the COVID-related market meltdown in March, equity funds (including ETFs) have continued to suffer net outflows despite the average equity fund moving into positive territory and posting a year-to-date return of 2.93%. They have handed back some $317.0 billion year to date (their largest net outflows for any full one-year period) through the Refinitiv
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Thesis Summary The Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX) is an ETF that invests most of its assets into blue-chip growth stocks. It has outperformed its peers and the market over the last few years and I have strong reasons to believe this will continue. The fund invests in large and established companies, which have
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Like most asset classes, global bonds have seen very little action over the past few months. The Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX) is virtually unchanged since I wrote “BNDX: Another Wave Lower In Global Bonds Is Likely” three months ago; this may be the calm before the storm. The economic situation has changed a
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The following data is derived from trading activity on the Tradeweb Markets institutional European- and U.S.-listed ETF platforms. European-Listed ETFs Total traded volume Notional volume executed on the Tradeweb European-listed ETF marketplace reached EUR 30.7 billion in September. The proportion of transactions processed via Tradeweb’s Automated Intelligent Execution (AiEX) tool was 72%. Adriano Pace, head
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Author’s note: This article was previously released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory members on Oct. 12, 2020. Please check latest data before investing. The Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup will be put out at the start of each week to summarize recent price movements in closed-end fund [CEF] sectors in the last week, as well as to
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This article series shows every month a dashboard with aggregate industry metrics in healthcare. Most of the companies used to calculate these metrics are holdings of the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV). Therefore, this is also a top-down survey of XLV. Shortcut If you are used to this dashboard series or if you
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The market had lost some of its mojo in September but has regained ground since the start of this month. The S&P 500 is attempting to make new all-time highs once again. So, what’s leading this fresh momentum? It’s probably a combination of many positive factors, for example, the renewed hope of a fresh round
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This article series shows every month a dashboard with aggregate industry metrics in materials. Most of the companies used to calculate these metrics are holdings of the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLB). Therefore, this is also a top-down survey of XLB. Shortcut If you are used to this dashboard series or if you are
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The VanEck Vectors Muni Allocation ETF (MAAX) tactically allocates among VanEck municipal bond ETFs based on interest rate and credit opportunities to seek capital appreciation plus tax-exempt income. It uses a data-driven, rules-based process that leverages technical and macroeconomic indicators to guide credit and duration exposure, seeking to avoid market risks when appropriate. Overview The
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(Source: Unsplash) Introduction I recently published an article encouraging investors to avoid long-term bonds because they currently offer extremely low incremental yield pickups per unit of duration (interest rate) risk – lower than ever before in history. I have encouraged selling not only long-term bond funds, but even core bond funds because they have so
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iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV) holds over $21.2 billion in assets when we last looked at it. It is one of the larger ETFs around and assets have actually gone up over the last few years. We examine this one today as its numbers gave us a mild case of indigestion. Returns Are Nothing
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Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. – Brene Brown The ProShares UltraPro QQQ ETF (NASDAQ:TQQQ) has set an ambitious goal – generating a daily return that is three times that of the NASDAQ 100 (NDX), before fees and expenses. It achieves its goals by leveraging its net assets and trading derivative contracts which
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All of a sudden, the future outlook turns more positive and SPY decides to break out to the upside, instead of continuing down to test the lower limits. The market seems to know the results of the impending election and is happy with the outcome. Trump wants a bigger stimulus package. The news on the
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Steadily lower CEF yields and heightened volatility have underlined the attraction of alpha-generation strategies. In this article, we take a look at a number of relative value CEF opportunities in the preferreds sector. Within the Flaherty & Crumrine suite of preferred CEFs, we highlight the Flaherty & Crumrine/Claymore Total Return Fund (FLC) over the Flaherty
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