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Competition between fund providers continues to result in lower fees on exchange traded funds (ETFs).

A very good thing if you are a proponent of cost minimization when investing.

I read a short article that discusses this subject and makes a couple of useful side points. 

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Next we will see cats lying with dogs.

In “ETF Expense Ratios Between Countries”, I looked at how the same fund can have widely different expense ratios depending on which exchange it was listed.

I read an interesting article that reinforces a key point I made. And adds a couple more worthy of note. 

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ETF Expense Ratios Between Countries

On 05/17/2013, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

“I am considering buying an iShares S&P 500 tracker exchange traded fund. In the United Kingdom where I live, the annual total expense ratio is significantly higher than the exact same fund if I buy it on an American exchange. Why does an identical exchange traded fund (ETF), from the same provider, have a different expense ratios in different countries?”

That is a question recently posed by a reader. A very good question.

A few thoughts in response. 

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Tips to Diversify Your Portfolio

On 05/12/2013, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Diversification is crucial for long-term investment success.

Proper diversification, that is.

Today, how to better diversify your investment portfolio. 

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5 Common ETF Misconceptions

On 05/03/2013, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

I like exchange traded funds (ETFs) versus open-ended mutual funds for most individuals.

ETFs provide many advantages for investors, especially those with limited capital.

But there are also aspects of ETFs that require attention. 

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We looked at “How Investors Use ETFs”.

Today we consider how financial advisors use exchange traded funds (ETFs) in their business. 

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How do investors use exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

Many investors utilize ETFs as a cost-efficient means to create long-term, well-diversified portfolios. But some investors use them for other investment tactics.

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ETFs Versus Mutual Funds

On 03/11/2013, in Exchange Traded Funds, Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) versus open-ended mutual funds.

In general, I prefer ETFs for investors.

The exception tends to be for extremely small investors. It may be more cost-effective to pay higher annual expenses, but no transaction fees, with a no-load mutual fund, than to pay commissions on minimal ETF acquisitions. Also, many no-load mutual funds allow for very small purchases of funds and reinvestment of distributions.

Today, three graphs comparing the current state of ETFs with open-ended mutual funds. 

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A Good Investor Always Saves

On 02/18/2013, in Investment Concepts, by Jordan Wilson

I am not a fan of Jim Cramer. Simply because he plays to the cameras. And I hate the theatrics.

But he talks about a time when he was doing poorly in life. And he makes a great point that should apply to all investors. So we shall give him a listen. 

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Basics of ETFs

On 05/25/2012, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are very popular investment instruments.

The reason is that ETFs assist investors in achieving well-diversified portfolios on a cost-effective, efficient, and liquid basis. ETFs are available for almost every market, market niche, and asset class, thereby allowing small investors exposure to investments that they may not be able to access individually.

If you read this blog, you know that I like ETFs for individual investors.

Today, a few good ETF basics courtesy of Vanguard. 

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