Whether you are on the brink of retirement or have a ways to go, choosing the right ETFs for your portfolio can be a daunting challenge. At last check, there were more than 1,400 ETFs being tracked by Morningstar. Which ones are capable of enhancing your golden years? Here are some top ETF ideas for your retirement savings.
Matt Tuttle, CEO of Tuttle Wealth Management, likes ETFs such as the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF
For investors who have already reached retirement, Tuttle recommends low beta plays such as the iShares MSCI U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF
Managing Interest Rate Risk
It may be advantageous to take into account macro conditions when planning a retirement portfolio. "Investors should hold securities that will do well in a slow but forward-moving economy with increasing interest rates," said David Vomund, president of Vomund Investment Management.
The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF
Vomund says investors with long time horizons should have the majority of their portfolios in equities, but the SPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF
Vomund recommends adjusting allocations as retirement approaches. "A recent retiree should also hold high yielding equity ETFs, because they are a better value than most areas of the fixed income market," he said. "The equity holdings should be a smaller percentage of the portfolio, however."
ETFs with a forward focus are the preference of Ryan Issakainen, an exchange-traded fund strategist for First Trust Advisors. "It's important to consider equity income strategies that have a way to identify companies that are well-positioned to increase dividends," he said.
Issakainen likes the methodology used by the First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund
Issakainen says this consideration is a better predictor of the future than past dividends. "It's really what ends up being determinative of whether a company is going to be able to maintain and perhaps grow its dividends in the future," he said. "More importantly it helps to identify companies that might have to cut their dividends."
Those saving for retirement should pay careful attention to the sector allocation of their portfolios. "The vast majority of equity dividend focused ETFs tend to be underweight tech stocks," Issakainen said. "Most dividend indexes have rules that require a company to have raised or paid dividends over a very long period of time."
Issakainen says the First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index Fund
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