ETF Investing: Activity in this ETF shows where investors expect retail-sales growth to come from

Consumers have been voting with their dollars over the past several years, moving decisively to online retail over brick-and-mortar stores, and increasingly, investors are as well. In a reflection of this trend in consumer spending, a formerly tiny exchange-traded fund dedicated to companies that derive a majority of their revenue from online purchases has seen […]

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ETF Investing: Bond ETFs saw their highest inflows in three years in April

Investors snapped up fixed-income exchange-traded funds in April, with the category seeing its biggest month of inflows in more than three years. According to data from BlackRock, U.S.-listed fixed-income ETFs have seen inflows of $14.7 billion in April. This is poised to be the biggest month of inflows since October 2014. To compare, equity listed […]

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ETF Investing: Investors are retreating from these bond ETFs as yields rise

A swift rise in bond yields in 2018 has sent fixed-income investors scrambling, with major categories of bond exchange-traded funds seeing steep outflows, while other groups have found favor. While flows into bond products remain positive overall—extending a decadelong rotation into fixed-income from stocks—investors have retreated from notable categories, a sign they believe yields could […]

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Deep Dive: These 3 cutting-edge stocks can sharpen your investment portfolio

You might be surprised to see BlackBerry including in the category of innovative companies. But if you look ahead, there’s a “meaningful” long-term opportunity as BlackBerry wins contracts with companies working on automated vehicles, according to Elizabeth Jones, a co-manager of the Buffalo Discovery Fund which has a five-star rating from investment researcher Morningstar. In […]

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ETF Investing: Here’s why small-cap stocks could be vulnerable to ETF outflows

Exchange-traded funds are among the most popular ways for investors to get exposure to nearly any asset class, region, or strategy in global financial markets. However, rather than providing safety in numbers, this could become a risk factor for some assets. The question of whether the massive growth in ETFs is something to be feared […]

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Deep Dive: Why these top bond pros aren’t scared of rising interest rates

Now that interest rates are rising, you may have seen headlines screaming “sell bonds” because bond prices fall when interest rates climb. But Jeff Klingelhofer and Christian Hoffmann, co-managers of Thornburg Strategic Income Fund TSIIX, -0.09% argue that rising interest rates are good for bond investors — especially when a fund manager employs an active […]

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Key Words: If active mutual-fund managers are ship captains, their index rivals are NASA

‘If managing an active fund is like being the captain of an ocean liner, managing a passive one is like being in charge of a moonshot each and every day. Get the trajectory wrong and you get fired.’ That observation and the similes therein are courtesy of market-indexing expert Dave Nadig, chief executive of ETF.com. […]

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ETF Investing: Russia ETFs on track for worst day since 2014 after sanctions, geopolitical tensions

Exchange-traded funds that track the Russian equity market tumbled on Monday and were on track for their biggest one-day drop in years. The slump followed a new round of sanctions that were imposed on Russian entities and individuals, while tensions between Russia and the U.S. also escalated after a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria. President […]

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ETF Investing: Why there’s no ETF for you to cash in on a trade war

While nearly 5,500 exchange-traded funds currently trade on the market, none is explicitly designed to offer investors a way to invest in the prospect of a trade war involving the United States. As trade has abruptly become a major issue in the U.S. stock market — contributing to heavy equity-market volatility, including a sharp decline […]

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