Crowdsourcing has come to the investment world

I have to admit it, I’ve got a soft spot for First Asset’s newest ETF: the DEX 1-5 year Laddered Government Strip Bond ETF (ain’t that a mouthful). To be honest, I haven’t slightest interest in it from a financial point of view, but I’m fascinated by how it came to be: a public, crowdsourced […]

Can ETF flows serve as a weather vane?

The best advisors and fund companies try to read two distinct (and often contradictory) “winds,” judging where their investing business is going. The first is the technical side of investing, the one every financial news outlet spends every moment of every trading day dissecting. What sectors, stocks, instruments are heading towards outperformance? or underperformance? How […]

SPDR ETFs: branding with stock symbols can’t be good in the long run

Way back before ETFs were cool, State Street launched the definitive S&P 500 Index-based ETF, which they named the SPDR S&P 500, from Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts. Unless you’re a trader (even if?), you probably didn’t know where the SPDR acronym came from. More importantly, if you are a trader, you have no trouble […]

ETF investing forever: I don’t buy it.

There are a hundred good reasons why so much of the retail investor market has turned overwhelmingly to ETFs and index funds, eschewing managed mutual funds and old-fashioned stock-picking. Statistically, there is a lot of evidence that it’s the ‘…