|Bid||35.00 x 800|
|Ask||37.81 x 800|
|Day's Range||37.50 - 37.92|
|52 Week Range||30.55 - 37.94|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||3.20%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.04|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.08%|
VANCOUVER , Feb. 18, 2020 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited (collectively called "Eastplats" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has refurbished the small-scale platinum group metals ("PGM") Circuit D (previously the scavenger plant circuit) ("PGM Scavenger Circuit") and has successfully produced PGM concentrate. The Company is utilizing the feed, following the recovery of Chrome concentrate, directly from the Retreatment Project located at the Company's Crocodile River Mine in South Africa ("CRM"). The PGM Scavenger Circuit is able to process 40,000 tons of feed per month and the construction costs were less than US$150,000 , as the Company utilized significant existing infrastructure that was maintained on care and maintenance at CRM.
With 2019 winding down, it's safe to say this has been another exciting year for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and ETF investors in multiple respects. As of the end of October, U.S.-listed exchange traded products, including ETFs, had $4.15 trillion in combined assets under management, up from $4.05 trillion at the end of September, according to ETGI data.Moreover, this has been another banner year for investors that love cheap ETFs, because that universe continues growing. As of the end of 2018, the asset-weighted average fee for passive index funds, including ETFs, fell to 0.15% compared to 0.67% on actively managed mutual funds, notes Morningstar.There's a reasonably good chance that when the research firm issues its annual fund fee report next year, that 0.15% asset-weighted fee on passive index funds will be even lower because a raft of cheap ETFs have debuted this year and some already inexpensive funds have become even less pricey. For example, Vanguard, always among the favored issuers for users of cheap ETFs, recently pared fees on 15 of its funds.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 For bargain hunters, here are some of the best cheap ETFs to consider for the rest of 2019 and into 2020. Cheap ETFs: Vanguard Russell 3000 Index Fund ETF Shares (VTHR)Expense Ratio: 0.15%, or $15 annually per $10,000 investedAmong Vanguard ETFs, the Vanguard Russell 3000 Index Fund ETF Shares (NASDAQ:VTHR) is one that doesn't get a lot of attention, but is part of the aforementioned group of funds that Vanguard recently pared expenses on. Additionally, VTHR is a fine idea for cost-conscious investors looking for broad market exposure.As its name implies, VTHR tracks the Russell 3000 Index, one of the broadest gauges of domestic stocks. In fact, that index represents about 98% of total U.S. equity market capitalization. The fund is diverse with limited single-stock risk as its top 10 holdings combine for just over 19% of the portfolio.Technology and financial services stocks combine for 43% of this cheap ETF's weight. While the Russell 3000 is a different beast than the S&P 500, investors opting for VTHR should expect similar return and volatility profiles to the S&P 500 over long holding periods. SPDR S&P 500 Value ETF (SPYV)Expense Ratio: 0.04%Recently, there has been increasing chatter about a growth to value rotation. That doesn't mean growth stocks are poised for big declines; upside is the path of least resistance there. However, it could finally be time for value stocks to show some legitimate strength against growth equivalents.Investors should prepare for that trend with cheap ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEARCA:SPYV), one of the least expensive value funds on the market today. The $4.48 billion SPYV tracks the S&P 500 Value Index and there are signs that investors are embracing the notion of a value resurgence as highlighted by SPYV's year-to-date inflows of $1.64 billion.With factor-based ETFs, regardless of the underlying factor, investors should examine what type of sector-level bets they're making. Typically, with value funds, financial services is the largest sector weight and that is true of SPYV as that sector accounts for almost 22% of the fund's weight. * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week However, this cheap ETF has some surprises. For example, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is SPYV's largest holding at over 9% and technology is the fund's second-largest sector weight at 17.35%. iShares Core MSCI Europe ETF (IEUR)Expense Ratio: 0.09%Speaking of cheap ETFs that offer up value in the stricter investment sense, some Europe funds fit that bill and the iShares Core MSCI Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:IEUR) is one member of that group. European stocks are often dubbed with a laggard label and deservedly so. But IEUR is up nearly 20% year to date and it trades at valuations that are more reasonable than what investors find in the U.S.This cheap ETF holds nearly 1,000 stocks and follows the MSCI Europe Investable Market Index, meaning it's a diversified fund, not a dedicated Eurozone play. Usually, such funds feature large weights to the U.K., meaning there is some Brexit risk.Indeed, IEUR allocates 26.44% of its weight to U.K. equities, but even with that, this cheap ETF is up almost 3% over the past month and appears to be gaining steam. Plus, its 2.90% dividend yield is superior to what investors get on broad U.S. equity benchmarks. Also, the standard deviation of 12.49% implies an acceptable level of risk, even for highly conservative investors. Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF (FTEC)Expense Ratio: 0.08%Vanguard gets a lot of attention for offering plenty of cheap ETFs, but Fidelity has earned a place in that conversation, too.In fact, Fidelity, not Vanguard, offers the cheapest sector ETFs, including the Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF (NYSEARCA:FTEC). FTEC, one of Fidelity's largest ETFs by assets, follows the Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF.This cheap ETF makes a lot of sense for investors that are mulling allocations to Apple or Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) because FTEC doesn't force investors to pick between the two tech titans. Rather, the fund allocates a third of its combined weight to those two scorching hot names. With 5G coming (Apple) and cloud computing booming (Microsoft), there are plenty of reasons to embrace FTEC now and for 2020. * 7 Food Stocks to Buy Now "I think the interesting thing is that most people look at Apple's performance year to date and say, oh my God the stock's run so much, it's up 60% year to date, there's material out performance behind us, so there's really not much room to run," said Wamsi Mohan, senior equity analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on CNBC. "Heading into the iPhone 11 launch you actually got an 8% relative decline to the S&P since the launch of the last iPhone to the release of the iPhone 11. So, to put this in context, in past cycles where you've had that sort of under-performance, you've actually followed by material out-performance, which is what we think is the case heading into the 5G launch." iShares Core S&P U.S. Growth ETF (IUSG)Expense Ratio: 0.04%As noted earlier, investors don't have to pick just one of growth or value. And while value is due for a comeback, that doesn't put nails in the growth coffin. The iShares Core S&P U.S. Growth ETF (NASDAQ:IUSG) is a cheap ETF offering a basket of well-known growth stocks and one that has been on a torrid pace this year, returning north of 24%.This cheap ETF tracks the S&P 900 Growth Index and holds 541 stocks. As is the case with value funds, investors should conduct sector-level examinations of growth ETFs to know what they're buying. Usually, a growth fund includes hefty technology and consumer cyclical allocations and that's true of IUSG, which allocates a combined 39% of its weight to those sectors.The uniqueness of the current business cycle bodes well for growth stocks, indicating this cheap ETF is worthy of investors' consideration now and into 2020."What's particularly exciting about growth investing today is that, for the first time, we've been in an economic environment without a traditional business cycle," said BlackRock in a recent note. "This means investors will seek out companies that prosper organically on their own, almost independent of the economic cycle. I think this will be a good sign for growth stocks overall, not only today but for years to come." Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (VO)Expense Ratio: 0.04%It's never too early make new year's resolutions. One that investors should consider and ensure that they stick to is owning mid-cap stocks or fund if they don't already. The Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:VO) is a broad fund and one of the cheapest ETFs in the mid-cap arena. In fact, no mid-cap ETF is cheaper than VO, though one ties with the Vanguard fund with an expense ratio of 0.04%.Beyond costs, this cheap ETF provides investors with an avenue to an equity market segment that typically outperforms large caps by wide margins. Not only that, but mid-cap stocks historically offer better risk-adjusted returns than their small-cap rivals. But for investors that like a good deal, this cheap ETF is a great option. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 "Vanguard charges an ultra-low 0.04% fee for this fund. This cost advantage has translated into strong category-relative performance over the long term," Morningstar said. "Over the trailing 10 years through June 2019, the fund has outperformed the category average by 277 basis points annualized while assuming similar risk. Overall, this fund should continue to enjoy a durable long-term edge over many of its competitors because of the low expense ratio." WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (EPS)Expense Ratio: 0.08%So you want to own domestic large caps but desire a methodology that isn't market-cap weighting and don't want to pay a high fee for the privilege. The WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (NYSEARCA:EPS) delivers as it's one of the cheapest ETFs in the smart beta arena.EPS, which has a track record spanning more than 12 years, targets the WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Index. That benchmark "is earnings-weighted in December of each year to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate earnings each component company has generated. Companies with greater earnings generally have larger weights in the index," according to WisdomTree.If that's too much financial patter, the easy way of looking at EPS is that it lives up to its ticker by putting added emphasis on companies that are profitable and growing earnings. The focus on profits doesn't create a boring portfolio. Quite the contrary, as EPS devotes a third of its combined weight to technology and communication services stocks.EPS indicates the fund can be a winner when stocks see expanding multiples and markets are prizing higher beta sectors."By earnings-weighting our strategy, the portfolio takes on some unique sector tilts compared to a market cap-weighted approach," according to WisdomTree research. "The portfolio has tended to be over-weight more cyclical consumer driven sectors and has had its best performance when broad market growth is robust and valuations multiples are expanding."As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Silver and Gold Stocks to Buy That Offer Contrarian Upside * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week * 5 Online Retail Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post The 7 Best Cheap ETFs for the End of 2019 and Beyond appeared first on InvestorPlace.
VANCOUVER , Nov. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has filed its Q3 2019 condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 . Operations began in December 2018 and the Retreatment Project has achieved over 89% of capacity during Q3 2019.
VANCOUVER , Oct. 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats" or the "Company") and its subsidiary Barplats Mines (Pty) Limited ("Barplats") are pleased to announce Barplats has entered into a sales agreement (the "Agreement") with Eland Platinum (Pty) Limited ("Eland"). The consideration to be received is R20 million ( US$1.4 million ), the assumption of the rehabilitation obligation and immediate assumption of the care and maintenance costs (the "Purchase Price") subject to representations and warranties by both parties. Eland, without cost to Barplats, will be appointed to render the required care and maintenance services for the Assets until closing the transaction.
The WisdomTree Earnings 500 Fund (EPS) , a smart beta alternative to cap-weighted domestic large-cap equity strategies, could be an alternatively-weighted strategy for investors to consider when markets steady and volatility abates. EPS targets an earnings-weighted index that screen for positive cumulative earnings over their most recent four fiscal quarter period and assigns weights to components to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate learning’s each company generated, so those with greater earnings have larger weights. “These two criteria typically point toward passive indexing within the ETF wrapper—it’s one-click diversification in a tax-efficient, and generally less expensive, fund,” said WisdomTree in a note out Tuesday.
VANCOUVER , Aug. 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats" or the "Company") announces that it has received the written reasons for judgment of Mr. Justice Smith of the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissing, with costs, the petition filed by 2538520 Ontario Limited, a shareholder of the Company, seeking leave to commence a derivative action on behalf of the Company against certain of its current and former directors in relation to the transactions between the Company and Union Goal Offshore Solutions Limited (See News Releases of November 9, 2018 and February 11, 2019 ). This press release contains "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, forecasts, estimates, expectations and objectives for future operations that are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "will", "plan", "intends", "may", "will", "could", "expects", "anticipates" and similar expressions.
VANCOUVER , Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has filed its Q2 2019 condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 . Net loss (six months) to shareholders of $0.2 million (loss of $0.01 per share) during Q2 2019 compared to $4.1 million (loss of $0.04 per share) in Q2 2018 – the change primarily resulting from revenue generating operations from the Retreatment Project (defined below). As previously disclosed, on March 1, 2018 , the Company entered into an agreement (the "Framework Agreement") with Union Goal Offshore Solution Limited ("Union Goal") relating to the construction, re-mining and processing of the tailing resource and offtake of chrome concentrate from Barplats Mines (Pty) Limited tailings facility (the "Retreatment Project") located at the Company's Crocodile River Mine in South Africa ("CRM").
For a while now, advisors and investors have been hearing more and more about smart-beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These are an increasingly prominent part of the ETF landscape with a rather broad definition. In simple terms, smart-beta ETFs are often defined as those funds with indexes that employ methodologies other than weighting stocks by market value, or -- in the fixed income space -- issue size.In other words, a slew of funds can be considered smart-beta ETFs, including equal-weight funds, dividend strategies or ETFs focusing on a specific investment factor. With such a broad definition, it is not surprising that a substantial total of U.S.-listed ETFs -- perhaps 1,000 or more -- can be classified as smart-beta ETFs.While there has been plenty of criticism regarding these funds, data confirm that many asset allocators remain fond of alternatively-weighted funds.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"Notably, in 2019 nearly eight in 10 (78%) asset owners have implemented, are evaluating or plan to evaluate a smart beta index-based strategy," according to FTSE Russell. "In addition, adoption rates increased in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region, with growth also recorded in all AUM tiers: less than $1 billion, between $1-10 billion and more than $10 billion." * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Due to investor demand, issuers are not shy about bringing more smart-beta ETFs to market, making identifying the best something of a challenge. There are dozens of credible contenders for this list, but these seven sit near the top of the heap. Smart-Beta ETFs to Buy: WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (EPS)Expense Ratio: 0.08% per year, or $8 on a $10,000 investment.One thing investors who are new to smart-beta ETFs should note about these funds is that alternatively weighted products usually carry higher fees than their cap-weighted rivals. That said, an increasing number of smart-beta ETFs are also inexpensive. With an annual fee of just 0.08%, the WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (NYSEARCA:EPS) is in that category.EPS can be an alternative to traditional S&P 500 and broad market index funds because this smart beta ETF holds the 500 largest domestic stocks and weights those components by earnings, not market capitalization.EPS's index "is earnings-weighted in December of each year to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate earnings each component company has generated. Companies with greater earnings generally have larger weights in the index," according to WisdomTree.EPS has a value tilt, but it has outperformed the S&P 500 Value Index by 1,400 basis points over the past three years. JPMorgan Diversified Return International Equity ETF (JPIN)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.38%Plenty of equity-based smart beta ETFs offer investors the opportunity to add some international diversity to their portfolios. One of the best smart beta ETFs in that group is the JPMorgan Diversified Return International Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:JPIN).JPIN's underlying index, the FTSE Developed ex North America Diversified Factor Index "is a multi-factor index that includes monthly rebalancing, liquidity screens, and turnover constraints," according to J.P. Morgan. International equities in the index are scored and ranked based on value, size, momentum and low volatility factors. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip This smart-beta ETF is a developed market fund so it can be used as an alternative to MSCI EAFE Index strategies. Japan, the U.K. and Australia combine for over 55% of JPIN's geographic weight. Invesco FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETF (PRF)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.39%Closing in on its fourteenth birthday, the Invesco FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETF (NYSEARCA:PRF) is one of the oldest smart-beta ETFs in the U.S. Focused on U.S. stocks, PRF tracks the FTSE RAFI US 1000 Index.That index "is designed to track the performance of the largest U.S. equities, selected based on the following four fundamental measures of firm size: book value, cash flow, sales and dividends," according to Invesco.There is a value tilt with PRF, but this fund has outperformed the S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Value benchmarks over the past three years. About 53% of PRF's holdings are considered value stocks compared to approximately 13% with the growth designation. This smart beta ETF has over $5.5 billion in assets under management and its success spurred the creation of small/mid-cap and international equivalents. Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF (USSG)Expense Ratio: 0.1%A booming area of the smart-beta ETF universe is socially responsible investing, including environmental, social and governance funds. The Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:USSG) is one of newest ESG funds, having debuted in March, but with more than $1 billion in assets under management, this is also one of the biggest ESG index funds on the market.Like many of the legacy funds in the ESG arena, USSG uses a familiar strategy of excluding alcohol, tobacco and gambling companies, as well as makers of civilian firearms. One of USSG's biggest advantages in terms of long-term asset growth is its low fee. At 0.1% per year, this smart-beta ETF is one of the least-expensive ESG funds on the market. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy Home to 323 stocks, USSG allocates over 28% of its weight to technology stocks and over 27% of its combined weight to the consumer discretionary and healthcare sectors. While it is too early to judge USSG on performance, millennials' preference for socially responsible investment options bodes well for this fund in terms of adding assets. JPMorgan Diversified Return Emerging Markets Equity ETF (JPME)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.45%There are dozens of emerging markets smart-beta ETFs on the market on the JPMorgan Diversified Return Emerging Markets Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:JPME) is proving to be a solid member of that group. This smart beta fund's methodology is comparable to its developed market counterpart, the aforementioned JPIN.JPME has a five-star Morningstar rating and emerging markets represent fertile territory for investors to consider moving beyond market cap weighting."Some argue that quantitative strategies, which seek to take advantage of human biases, should do better in emerging markets, where knowledge gaps and market inefficiencies are arguably more abundant," according to Barron's.While Chinese stocks represent nearly 22% of JPME's geographic weight, that is underweight compared to cap-weighted emerging markets benchmarks, indicating this smart beta ETF is a fine idea for investors looking to trim China exposure in their developing markets strategies. FlexShares High Yield Value-Scored Bond Index Fund (HYGV)Expense Ratio: 0.37%There are a growing number of smart-beta ETFs in the fixed income space, including funds addressing the corporate bond universe. The FlexShares High Yield Value-Scored Bond Index Fund (NYSEARCA:HYGV) is a way for investors to put some of the advantages of smart beta on their sides when it comes to junk bonds.HYGV follows the Northern Trust High Yield Value-Scored U.S. Corporate Bond Index, which emphasizes value in its bond identification process. However, that methodology does cheat investors out of income, as highlighted by HYGV's 30-day SEC yield of 6.9%. Over 95% of this smart beta ETF's holdings have maturities under 10 years, giving it a duration of just 3.3 years. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond HYGV "uses innovative security selection and weighting methodologies that focus on maximizing factor inputs for value, while managing other risk factors," according to FlexShares. iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL)Expense Ratio: 0.15%Many of the largest smart-beta ETFs are funds dedicated to a single investment factor, and many of those product are growth or value funds. But the iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (BATS:QUAL) has long since asserted itself in the realm of individual factor strategies. Home to nearly $11 billion in assets under management, QUAL is the dominant name among dedicated quality ETFs.With the business cycle aging and this bull market doing the same, smart beta ETFs focusing on quality stocks can reward investors as highlighted by QUAL's year-to-date gain of more than 23%. QUAL holds 125 stocks with nearly 36% of those names hailing from the technology and healthcare sectors."QUAL seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI USA Sector Neutral Quality Index composed of U.S. large- and mid-capitalization stocks exhibiting quality characteristics as identified through racks U.S. large- and mid-capitalization stocks based on quality screens for three fundamental variables: return on equity, earnings variability and debt-to-equity," according to ETF Trends.As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
VANCOUVER , June 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats" or the "Company") announces that it has granted 1,800,000 stock options to directors and officers of the Company that vest in 90 days. This press release contains "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, forecasts, estimates, expectations and objectives for future operations that are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "will", "plan", "intends", "may", "will", "could", "expects", "anticipates" and similar expressions.
Modi government wins the second term in India. India ETFs are likely to rally but will the gains last on slowing growth and rising earnings downgrades?
Fears of an earnings recession have been there since the start of Q1 earnings. Against this backdrop, let's take a look at which ETFs won this season -- revenue or earnings-weighted?
Novice and young investors alike can reduce some of the daunting element of investing and the associated expenses by embracing exchange traded funds (ETFs). More to the point, investors can make their investing experience easier and more profitable by embracing cheap ETFs.Fortunately for frugal and new investors, the universe of cheap ETFs is expanding at a rapid rate. There are even two U.S.-listed ETFs with no annual expense ratios at all and another that even offers a rebate on its fees.In other words, investors who want to save money on fund fees -- and they should all want to do that because fees adversely impact long-term returns -- have plenty of cheap ETFs to consider, and it is reasonable to expect that list will continue growing as fund issuers continue tussling for investor assets.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks That Are Soaring This Earnings Season For rookie investors seeking the combination of easy-to-understand concepts and cheap ETFs, these are some of the best funds to consider. Cheap ETFs to Invest in: Schwab US Broad Market ETF (SCHB)Expense Ratio: 0.03% per year, or $3 on a $10,000 investment.Broad or total market funds such as the Schwab US Broad Market ETF (NYSEARCA:SCHB) are excellent starting points for new investors, and the good news is many of these are easy to understand. Plus, most of these funds are inexpensive. Just look at SCHB. With annual fee of just 0.03%, SCHB is one of the cheapest ETFs in the U.S."There are a few benefits of weighting by market cap. This approach incorporates the cumulative knowledge aggregated in stock prices to size its positions," said Morningstar in a recent note. "It keeps costs low because it doesn't require fundamental research analysts or skilled stock-pickers, who can be expensive to hire. While the market doesn't always get things right, it has done a good job valuing stocks over the long haul."While SCHB holds 2,443 stocks, a much deeper bench than the S&P 500's, investors should expect it to perform in line with broad market benchmarks over long holding periods. And this cheap ETF gets even cheaper for Schwab clients because they can buy and sell SCHB on a commission-free basis. Vanguard Mega-Cap ETF (MGC)Expense Ratio: 0.07%Many new investors are apt to skew toward large-cap fare. While those investors should be careful to not allocate too much of their portfolios to domestic large caps, there is something to be said for novice investors embracing the most familiar, domestic, big companies. The Vanguard Mega-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:MGC) is a cheap ETF with umbrella exposure to the largest U.S. companies.This cheap ETF holds 264 stocks with a median market value of $137.4 billion. MGC's top 10 holdings, which include Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), combine for just over 26% of the fund's weight. * 7 Stocks to Buy That Ought to Buy Back Shares Due to the emphasis on mega-cap stocks, MGC can sport different return profiles than traditional broad market funds. Over the past three years, MGC topped the S&P 500 by about 200 basis points, but the cheap ETF's annualized volatility was the same as the S&P 500's. iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)Expense Ratio: 0.08%One of the most frequent mistakes made by novice investors is to be under-allocated to or outright ignore international assets. Some of that is derived from the home-country bias investors of all skill levels struggle to shake. Some of that is also attributable to the assumption that international funds are more expensive than their domestic counterparts.That is generally true, but there are still plenty of cheap ETFs in the international equity space. The iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (CBOE:IEFA) is a prime example of such a fund. IEFA was created as a cost-effective alternative to traditional MSCI EAFE tracking funds. Today, this cheap ETF has over $63 billion in assets under management, making it one of the largest international ETFs in the U.S.This cheap ETF focuses on developed markets, so its volatility should not scare off novice investors. IEFA's three-year standard deviation of 10.69% compares favorably with the category average. Japan and the U.K. combine for 41.48% of the fund's geographic exposure. SPDR S&P 500 Growth ETF (SPYG)Expense Ratio: 0.04%Factor-based strategies, such as growth or value, are not as daunting as they may appear to novice investors. In fact, cheap ETFs like the SPDR S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:SPYG) are actually very straightforward. SPYG tracks the S&P 500 Growth Index, meaning it is home to domestic large-cap stocks with the growth designation.As has been widely noted, growth has been the place to be over the course of this bull market. Nearly 60% of the S&P 500 resides in SPYG, but there are some important sector differences to consider. For example, this cheap ETF is overweight the technology and consumer discretionary sectors relative to the S&P 500, which is common among growth funds. * 7 A-Rated Stocks That Are Under $10 Microsoft and Amazon combine for 13.42% of this cheap ETF's weight. Over the past three years, SPYG beat the S&P 500 by more than 1,000 basis points while being only slightly more volatile than the benchmark equity gauge. SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Corporate Bond ETF (CBND)Expense Ratio: 0.06%Novice investors should remember the advantages of diversification, and even young investors should not have portfolios constructed entirely of equities. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap ETFs in the fixed-income universe, and that includes corporate bond funds. Funds such as the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:CBND) usually feature better income profiles than aggregate bond or Treasury funds.This cheap ETF tracks the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index. That benchmark is "designed to measure the performance of the investment grade corporate bond market which includes publicly issued, investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, U.S. dollar-denominated corporate bonds issued by U.S. and non-U.S. industrial, utility, and financial institutions," according to State Street.CBND holds nearly 5,900 bonds, giving it one of the deepest benches among cheap ETFs in the bond space and has a 30-day SEC yield of 3.63% with an option-adjusted duration of 7.36 years. Nearly 91% of CBND's holdings are rated A or Baa. WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (EPS)Expense Ratio: 0.08%Recently, and somewhat quietly, the WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Fund (NYSEARCA:EPS) joined the ranks of cheap ETFs with a fee cut that took its expense ratio down to 0.08%. That is enough to make EPS one of the least-expensive smart-beta funds on the market. Due to its unique weighting methodology, EPS can be an alternative or complement to some of large-cap, cheap ETFs highlighted above.The $263 million EPS ETF follows the WisdomTree U.S. Large Cap Index. That index is fundamentally weighted and includes U.S. companies that "have generated positive cumulative earnings over their most recent four fiscal quarters prior to the index measurement date," according to the issuer. * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy Now Historically, when EPS tops the S&P 500 on an annual basis, the WisdomTree does not do so by staggering margins. What is important is the frequency with which EPS does beat cap-weighted benchmarks. From 2013 through 2018, this cheap ETF beat the S&P 500 in four of those six years, mostly with comparable volatility. iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO)Expense Ratio: 0.08%Dividend ETFs usually have higher fees than traditional equity funds, but there are plenty of dividend funds that are also cheap ETFs. The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:DGRO) is one example. DGRO, which soon turns five years old, tracks the Morningstar US Dividend Growth Index and holds 479 stocks.DGRO's underlying index requires member firms to have dividend increase streaks of at least five years, and those companies cannot have payout ratios exceeding 75%. The financial services and technology sectors combine for over 35% of DGRO's weight.One of the primary advantages of dividend growth ETFs for any investors, new or experienced, is not only the income stream offered by these funds, but the historical tendency of dividend growth strategies to be less volatile than standard equity funds.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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