What Is the Difference Between an Index Fund and an ETF?

Exchange traded funds have become popular among investors but how do they differ from crowd-pleasing index funds?Index funds and ETFs offer a diversified pool of assets, giving investors access to stocks and bonds and potentially other markets. In both an index fund and an ETF, the investor has a straightforward strategy that tracks the breadth of the market by buying shares […]

What's going on with China's stock market? | Financial Post

China’s stocks look to be falling back down to reality.After an epic rally that saw the Shanghai Composite index climb more than 40% this year and the tech-heavy Shenzhen Composite rise a world-leading 90%, a correction — or maybe worse — looks to be in the works.Last week both indices lost more than 10%, falling solidly into correction territory. But […]

William Bernstein – Why Your Best Option is Not to Trade

When many of us think of investing, our thoughts immediately jump to the idea of picking stocks. The hope is to find the “hot tip” or get in at the “right time” in order to make a lot of money in a short period. We talk about investing as though it’s the same as stock trading when it’s not.
William Bernstein, […]

Stock market highly valued: Vanguard CEO –

Tim Boyle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWilliam McNabb, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Vanguard GroupHe also believes index funds will continue to outperform actively managed funds. From 2007 to 2014, index funds saw inflows of $1 trillion, while actively managed funds saw outflows of $659 billion.”It’s the triumph of low-cost investing, and I do think that’s a secular […]

Sex and booze sell on the stock market – Business Insider

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Feb. 23, 2015, 4:57 PM
Credit SuisseSee AlsoThe German pizza arbitrage is over for the SwissBARRON’S: For Nasdaq 5,000, this time it’s differentGOLDMAN: Here are the 18 stocks that hedge funds love the mostSex sells. So do booze, guns, and tobacco.In its new Global Investment Returns Yearbook, Credit Suisse compared two mutual funds that launched around the same time in […]

2014 Fox Gurus Predictions Review

More Fox Business Block gurus: ; Here were the 2014 stock market predictions:Here are the returns from 1/1/2014 to 12/31/2014:Dow: 16,557 to 17,823 (7.5%, or 10% including dividends)
SP500: 1,848 to 2,059 (11.4%, or 13.7% including dividends)
Nasdaq: 4,177 to 4,736 (13.4%, ; or 14% including dividends)
Oil was down 45% for the year.

On to the Fox Business Network gurus! ; These are […]

Stock Market Outlook For 2015 | Seeking Alpha

SummaryThe market had a great run since March 2009.
GDP growth is a likely indicator for how the market will perform going forward.
I’ll provide the best way to invest in any market environment.
Investors have reaped the benefits of a market recovery since March 2009. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) is now trading significantly higher than the market peaks from […]

The Public Is Not In The Stock Market [SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust …

As stocks keep hitting new milestones, more and more pundits worry we’re in another stock market bubble. They cite record margin debt, euphoria over initial public offerings like that of Twitter (TWTR), and, of course, the big run we’ve already seen in the major indices.And they mention the growing involvement of Main Street investors in the stock market just as […]

S&P 500 vs. Total Stock Market: Which Is Right for You? – Morningstar

Question: I’m trying to decide which would make a better core equity holding: an S&P 500 index fund or a total stock market index fund. What should I take into consideration? Answer: Given the increasing popularity of index funds–which account for about one out of every six dollars invested in equity mutual funds and the vast majority of assets invested […]