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An Inside Look at Exchange-Traded Funds

September 2014 by Rochelle Antoniewicz
ETFs, like mutual funds, are pooled investments, but two primary features promote trading of an ETF’s price close to its underlying value. Read more »

The Top ETFs Over Three Years: Health Care Takes Top Four Spots

September 2014 by Charles Rotblut
Health care ETFs controlled the four top spots and six of the top 10. The only non-sector funds in the top 10 list invest in IPOs and spin-offs. Read more »

The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2014

Detailed return information and data on 446 ETFs and ETNs, including an overview of the current trends in the ETF industry. Read more »

The Top ETFs Over Three Years: Consumer Spending Makes an Impact

September 2013 by Charles Rotblut
Four consumer discretionary ETFs ranked among the 10 best-performing funds, including one ETF that is making its third consecutive appearance on the list. Read more »

ETFs and ETNs: Knowing What You Own

August 2013 by Neil Leeson
The liquidity composition of a fund’s underlying assets, the historical tracking error and fees are important characteristics to consider when investing in an ETF. Read more »

The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2013

Detailed return information and data on ETFs and ETNs. New to this year’s guide is a listing of the 15 largest funds. Read more »

The Top ETFs Over Three Years: Real Estate Dominates

September 2012 by Charles Rotblut
Five real estate funds led all ETFs in terms of three-year returns. Dividend-focused ETFs led many equity fund categories. Read more »

Using ETFs in a Tough, Sideways-to-Bear Market

August 2012 by Max Isaacman
ETFs are effective tools for converting strategies into action, but first you have to identify your objectives and tolerance for risk. Read more »

The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2012

Detailed return information and data on ETFs and ETNs. New to this year’s guide is market performance, which helps identify funds that have traded at a premium or discount to their net asset value. Read more »

The Top ETFs Over Three Years Represent an Eclectic Group

September 2011 by Charles Rotblut
Precious metals, retailers, health care companies and mid-cap growth ETFs all ranked among the best performers over the past three years. Read more »

Active Funds and Other Changes in the ETF Industry

August 2011 by Tom Lydon
The number of actively managed ETFs could soon double, adding to the industry’s growth. These changes will result in more choices for investors. Read more »

The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2011

This year’s expanded guide covers more than 400 ETFs, and now includes five-year annual return data. Read more »

How to Safely Navigate Through Crowded ETF Waters

October 2010 by David Fry
The proliferation of ETFs has provided more choices, but not all offerings are good investments. Learn how to select the best ETFs for your portfolio. Read more »

The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds: 2009

October 2009 by Maria Crawford Scott
Our annual survey covers over 750 stock and bond exchange-traded funds, plus information on how they work and what you need to know about investing in them. Read more »