Doug Fabian

Posted November 09, 2014

I realized that while I had been writing and speaking about the benefits of ETFs for some time, there still were many questions out there about ETFs, such as how they work; how you buy them; what are the advantages and disadvantages of using ETFs, etc.

Posted November 08, 2014

Bonds can be a good way to diversify a portfolio that is primarily composed of stocks, and the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) may be worth consideration for investors interested in this diversity.

Posted November 02, 2014

The Feds decision to end its bond buying program, and what that means going forward, coincides with an exciting announcement that may help you greatly with your investing.

Posted November 01, 2014

With $43.1 billion in assets under management, VNQ is Vanguards fourth-largest ETF. Its competitive 0.1% expense ratio is 93% lower, according to Morningstar, than the average for similar funds.

Posted October 24, 2014

While investing in emerging markets has been in vogue of late, developed markets in Europe and Asia have been lagging.

Posted October 18, 2014

The selling in the Dow wasn't unique, as weve seen big declines in nearly every major domestic market index, as well as in virtually every major equity market around the world.

Posted October 11, 2014

Global growth just aint what it used to be. At least thats the latest read from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Posted October 08, 2014

Fans of baseball know there are two main ways to evaluate team and individual performance: the old-school eyeball test method and the newer practice of statistical analytics, popularized in the book (and later the film) Moneyball.

Posted October 07, 2014

During the third quarter, stocks in the emerging markets really began to see a tide change. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) was down nearly 4% in Q3 and plunged 7.8% in September alone.

Posted September 27, 2014

Over last weekend, we got several reports out of China that indicated that the worlds second-largest economy now is backsliding on its targeted growth rate in the 7.5% annual range.

Posted September 26, 2014

In the long term, the market rewards companies for demonstrating good business fundamentals. Examples include companies that sell goods and services to a large number of people while profiting handsomely by containing costs.

Posted September 20, 2014

Volatility, the potential for the market or a stock to swerve sharply in value, serves as a deterrent for many prospective investors. After all, who wants to lose a sizable portion of hard-earned savings in a flash?

Posted September 19, 2014

We need to look at is four key ETFs that will tell us what we need to know about whats going on in the major markets around the globe.

Posted September 12, 2014

Dividends are desirable as income, and they can serve as a signal of quality, since they indicate a company with the cash to spare to distribute to shareholders. However, since corporate executives realize that dividends are desirable, dividends also can be manipulated to mask a corporations underperformance.

Posted September 07, 2014

Although smart beta funds also follow a passive index like other ETFs, the smart beta funds do so in ways besides the traditional market-cap-weighted approach.

Posted September 06, 2014

The summer is over, at least in Wall Streets eyes, and traders now have returned to the floor after the long Labor Day weekend. Back to work means back to big trading volume, and I suspect that means we could see a return of volatility.

Posted August 30, 2014

This week certainly got started in unusual fashion for me, as I was nearly thrown out of bed on Sunday by the force of a 6.0 earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley.

Posted August 29, 2014

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