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Some Ins and Outs on ETFs

January 27, 2017 - 0 comments

Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, are relatively new stars in the investment universe, having been launched in 1993. Despite their novelty – or maybe in part because of it – they are shining brightly at the moment, with new and allegedly improved ETF products launched almost daily (with splashy press releases to go with).

It’s no wonder investors are asking me: “Nancy, should I be buying ETFs?”


I get it. Nobody likes to think some big band wagon is passing them by. That said, when a hot celebrity is trending as fast as ETFs have been lately, prudent investors rightfully question when the party may abruptly end. When it comes to ETFs, it can be hard to decide: Should you stay or should you go?

First, it helps to know what an ETF is, and how that compares to its step-sibling, the traditional mutual fund.

For mutual funds and ETFs alike, there are products and pricings that range from relatively reliable to cuckoo-clock crazy. In that context, you’re best off first coming up with your greater investment strategy, before deciding which investment products may be right for it.

In today’s “No Dumb Questions” video, I’ll explain how to define a strategy that makes it easier to spot good quality when you see it, whether it’s found in an ETF, a mutual fund, or the next big thing to come along.

Speaking of the next big thing, don’t forget to subscribe to my “No Dumb Questions” YouTube channel, if you want to keep the investment information rolling.

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