QYLD has been gaining popularity among income investors as a bullish-yet-defensive play on the NASDAQ 100. Here we'll look at why it's probably not a great choice for a long-term buy-and-hold portfolio. Introduction - What Is QYLD? QYLD is an ETF from Global X that holds the NASDAQ 100 index and also sells covered calls on it to generate income. To my knowledge, … [Read more...] about QYLD – Avoid This ETF as a Long-Term Investment
Inflation fears are always lingering. Here we'll look at what inflation is, why it occurs, how it's measured, and the best assets to hedge against it with their corresponding ETFs for . Introduction - What Is Inflation? Simply put, inflation refers to an aggregate increase in prices, commonly measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Put another way, purchasing … [Read more...] about The 7 Best Inflation Hedge Assets and ETFs for 2021
TQQQ has grown in popularity after a decade-long raging bull market for large cap growth stocks and specifically Big Tech. But is it a good investment for a long term hold strategy? Let's dive in. What Is TQQQ? TQQQ is a 3x leveraged ETF from Invesco that aims to deliver 3x the daily returns of the NASDAQ 100 Index. Explaining how a leveraged ETF works is … [Read more...] about TQQQ – Is It A Good Investment for a Long Term Hold Strategy?
Three of the most popular international ETFs are Vanguard's VWO, VEA, and VXUS. Is there one that reigns supreme to hold alongside U.S. stocks? Diversifying with International Stocks Index investors in the U.S. usually know it's a good idea to diversify in equities outside the United States. At global market weights, U.S. stocks only comprise about half of the … [Read more...] about VEA vs. VWO vs. VXUS – Which ETF for International Stocks?
Convertible bonds are a somewhat rare but interesting asset type. Here we'll explore what they are, why you might want them, and how to buy them using ETFs. What Are Convertible Bonds? As the name suggests, convertible bonds are corporate bonds issued by companies that are able to be converted to shares of common stock. Convertible bonds are a hybrid security in … [Read more...] about Convertible Bonds – What, Why, How, and ETFs
The Momentum factor is one of the most studied - and simultaneously perhaps the most misunderstood - elements in finance. Here we discuss the Momentum factor, how one might access it with so-called "momentum ETFs," and whether or not investors can expect a premium. What Is the Momentum Factor? A few years after the Fama French 3 Factor Model emerged, Mark … [Read more...] about The Momentum Factor – Do Momentum ETFs Deliver the Premium?
The materials sector refers to the basic materials used in production. Here we'll check out the 3 best materials ETFs for . Introduction - Why Basic Materials ETFs? As the name suggests, "basic materials" refers to raw materials used in production and construction. Specifically, we're talking about companies involved in the discovery, development, and processing … [Read more...] about The 3 Best Materials ETFs To Buy in 2021
Nuveen funds provide targeted style and cap size exposure through an ESG lens. Here we'll check out 5 of them. Introduction - Nuveen Funds Nuveen is a subsidiary of TIAA providing funds for specific styles, cap sizes, and geographies with an ESG filter overlaid. Nuveen aims to invest "to make an enduring impact on our world." Nuveen claim to not avoid … [Read more...] about 5 Nuveen Funds for Targeted ESG Exposure in 2021
The transportation sub-sector may be due for a rebound as we come out of the pandemic. Here are the 3 best transportation ETFs to capture that exposure in . Introduction - Why Transportation ETFs? The transportation industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, as travel was suspended and people have been staying at home and not traveling. This is … [Read more...] about The 3 Best Transportation ETFs To Watch in 2021
Interested in betting on (or shorting) the airlines industry? Capture the narrow transportation segment with the JETS ETF in . Introduction - Why Airlines ETFs? Airlines are a narrow play that may not move in the same direction as the much broader transportation segment of the market. As we come out of the pandemic, airline stocks are looking attractive for a … [Read more...] about The Best (And Only) Airlines ETF for 2021
Want to enhance your exposure to the myriad of cannabis and CBD applications? Here we'll check out 5 of the best marijuana ETFs for . Introduction - Why Marijuana / Cannabis / Weed / CBD ETFs? In the context of ETFs, all these terms are pretty interchangeable, even though they sometimes mean different things. CBD contains no THC, meaning it's not psychoactive. … [Read more...] about 5 Marijuana ETFs To Bet on Cannabis / Weed / CBD in 2021
Fintech ETFs capture stocks involved in financial technology, a fast-growing segment of the banking system. Here we'll check out the best fintech ETFs for . Introduction - Why Fintech ETFs? Fintech is shorthand for "financial technology." It refers to technology companies involved in mobile payments, e-commerce, budgeting, credit, etc. Sometimes these can be … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Fintech ETFs for 2021 (Financial Technology)
Sector ETFs are cheap and highly liquid now. Industrials broadly covers many sub-sectors. Let's check out the best industrials ETFs for . Introduction - Why Industrials ETFs? The industrials sector refers to companies involved in supplies and equipment used in manufacturing and construction. Sub-sectors include aerospace and defense, transportation, professional … [Read more...] about The 5 Best Industrials ETFs for 2021
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general have been surging in popularity in recent years. Here we'll check out the best Bitcoin ETFs and cryptocurrency ETFs for . Introduction - Why Bitcoin ETFs and Cryptocurrency ETFs? There are thousands of different cryptocurrencies that have emerged - Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Tether, etc. Instead of buying each of these … [Read more...] about The 7 Best Bitcoin ETFs and Cryptocurrency ETFs for 2021
Blockchain is heavily associated with cryptocurrency but is also used in investing, banking, and more. Here we'll check out the best blockchain ETFs for . Introduction - Why Blockchain ETFs? Blockchain is a relatively new technology used not only for cryptocurrencies but also in investing, banking, supply chain management, and more. Blockchain just refers to a … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Blockchain ETFS for 2021
Interest in gaming and eSports is soaring, especially since more people are staying at home. Here we'll check out the best gaming ETFs to get in on the action. Introduction - Why Gaming ETFs? The gaming industry within the Consumer Discretionary and Communications sectors have outperformed the broader market over the past year. Interest in gaming and eSports has … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Gaming ETFs for eSports Exposure in 2021
VYM is Vanguard's dividend-yield-oriented ETF. VOO and VTI are their broad market index funds for the S&P 500 and total U.S. stock market. Let's compare them. VYM vs. VOO and VTI - Methodology and Composition We can compare VYM to both VOO and VTI at the same time, as both VOO and VTI capture "the market" in the U.S. and perform nearly identically; VOO is … [Read more...] about VYM vs. VOO & VTI from Vanguard – Dividends vs. Broad Market
Electric vehicles (EV's) are here to stay and are surging in popularity, so EV ETFs are also emerging to fill that thematic fund demand. Below we'll explore the best electric vehicles ETFs to capture this narrow group of stocks. Introduction - Why Electric Vehicles ETFs? With electric car sales skyrocketing, electric vehicles stocks have been outpacing the broader … [Read more...] about The 5 Best EV ETFs – Electric Vehicles ETFs for 2021
Small-cap value stocks have beaten every other segment of the market historically. Below we'll explore the 3 best international small cap value ETFs for . Introduction - International Small Cap Value I delved into the glamor of small cap value previously here and I discussed factor investing here. I won't repeat those lengthy details here; check out those posts if … [Read more...] about The 3 Best International Small Cap Value ETFs for 2021
Mid-cap growth stocks allow you to bet on growth within the mid cap segment. Below we'll review the 4 best mid cap growth ETFs for . In a hurry? Here's the list: VOT - Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth ETFMDYG - SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Growth ETFIVOG - Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth ETFIJK - iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth ETF Introduction - Why Mid Cap … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Mid Cap Growth ETFs (2 From Vanguard) for 2021