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When it comes to building a portfolio, Vanguard ETFs and funds are often the top draws for investors. And there's a good reason for that. The firm and investment pioneer John Bogle created the idea of the index fund back in the 1970s. Moreover, the asset manager's philosophy stems from low-cost investing. So, naturally, Vanguard ETFs are some of the least expensive funds to own. When putting all the pieces together, it becomes really easy to see why Vanguard ETFs have attracted billions of dollars' worth of assets from investors both big and small.The question is which Vanguard funds make sense for you?The firm has a line-up of 80 different ETFs and the bulk of those offerings can be a bit heavy. For example, the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:VOO) holds more than $106 billion in assets, while the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca:VWO) holds roughly $62 billion. As a result, just a few Vanguard ETFs get most of the press. That's a shame as the firm's low-cost and index-hugging mantra extends to the rest of its ETF line-up as well.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Biggest Announcements From Apple WWDC 2019 With that, here are three wonderful, but commonly overlooked Vanguard ETFs that should be right at home in your portfolio. Vanguard Extended Market ETF (VXF)Source: Shutterstock Over the long haul, small- and mid-cap stocks have long outperformed their bigger counterparts. However, most investors still remain woefully underweight smaller stocks and finding successful individual winners here can be incredibly difficult. This is where Vanguard ETFs can come to the rescue.The Vanguard Extended Market ETF (NYSEARCA:VXF) allows investors to tap into both small- and mid-cap stocks at the same time with one ticker. VXF tracks the S&P Completion Index. As the name implies, the fund owns everything that isn't in the large-cap focused S&P 500. And we're talking literally everything. VXF currently holds more than 3,260 different small- and mid-cap stocks. When you combine the fund with large-cap holdings, you basically have the U.S. stock market covered. The best part is, by using this ETF, the volatility and single-company risks are minimized to almost zero. With it, investors can instantly overweight the economies real growth engines.It turns out this is a powerful thing to do.When it comes to Vanguard ETFs, VXF has been a top performer. Over the last ten years, the fund has averaged a 16.61% annual total return. That's not too shabby by any means. And as a Vanguard fund, VXF is pretty cheap to own. Expenses for the ETF clock in at just 0.07%- or just $7 per $10,000 invested.In the end, VXF does everything a Vanguard ETF should do. That's broad indexing a rock-bottom price. Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF (VMBS)Source: Grab Media When it comes to bonds, Treasury securities are often the first stop for investors and there are plenty of Vanguard ETFs looking at these. However, there is a way to get a slightly higher yield and still keep that government guarantee. We're talking about mortgage-back securities or MBS bonds.Mortgage-backed securities are bonds secured by home and other real estate loans. There are all different flavors of these, but the vast bulk of them are residential-focused and issued by federal government agencies like Ginnie Mae (GNMA) or government sponsored-enterprises Fannie Mae (FNMA), or Freddie Mac (FHLMC). Moreover, MBS bonds typically pay slightly more than comparable Treasury bonds thanks to the higher risk that you or I could default on our mortgages or pay them back earlier. However, GNMA bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, while the recession taught us that the government will bail out Freddie and Fannie when the water's get rough.With that, the Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF (NYSEARCA:VMBS) could be a good bet for investors looking for a bit more. VMBS tracks Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Float Adjusted Index -- which only focuses on U.S. agency mortgage bonds. None of the funny stuff. As a result, the ETF has been pretty steadfast since inception and yields a healthy 3.02%. * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far By using the Vanguard ETF, investors can get access to an esoteric asset class for a cheap 0.07% in expenses. Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIGI)Source: Shutterstock With $34 billion in assets, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEARCA:VIG) is a star player among Vanguard ETFs. VIG follows those stocks that have long histories of increasing their dividends every year. This strategy provides a way for investors to grow their income potential and provides with great long-term returns.But it's not U.S. stocks that benefit from growing dividends, international ones also win here.Which is why the smaller and often ignored Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEARCA:VIGI) can be a great compliment to the more popular VIG.VIGI also tracks a basket of large-cap stocks that have increased their dividends consistently over the last seven years. This time, the ETF combs both non-U.S. developed and emerging markets to find its dividend champions -- currently at a 75%/25% spilt between developed and emerging market stocks. The top 400 stocks are included in the index.This provides a way for investors to not only score some much-needed international exposure but also income growth as well. Currently, VIGI yields about 1.89%. However, that yield could be worth even more over the long haul. As foreign currencies fluctuate against the U.S. dollar, a drop in the dollar would boost the Vanguard ETFs underlying yield, as weaker local currencies convert into the stronger dollar.All in all, VIGI should belong in your portfolio just as much as VIG. Expenses run a cheap 0.25%.Disclosure: At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any of the ETFs mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Retailers Including Disney Agree to Ditch On-Call Scheduling * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far * 7 Small-Cap ETFs to Buy Now Compare Brokers The post 3 Wonderful, But Ignored Vanguard ETFs appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Another year, another batch of jaw-dropping inflows to Vanguard exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index funds. Focusing on ETFs for a moment, as of May 17, Vanguard had $983.21 billion in U.S. ETF assets under management, making it the second-largest domestic ETF sponsor and putting it within spitting distance of joining BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) in the $1 trillion club.At current ETF asset levels, Vanguard is more than 50% larger than the third-largest U.S. issuer. Year-to-date, four of the top 10 ETFs in terms of new assets added are Vanguard funds. Making Vanguard funds all the more alluring to advisors and investors is the firm's commitment to low costs. In fact, the Pennsylvania-based fund giant recently trimmed the fees on 21 of its ETFs, including some highly popular fare.Vanguard funds are spread across multiple asset classes, including domestic and international equities, various fixed income segments, real estate and some factor-based strategies. So when it comes to Vanguard funds, there is usually something for nearly every type of investor.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend Here are some of the best Vanguard funds for investors to consider right now. Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX)Expense ratio: 0.09% per year, or $9 on a $10,000 investment.As is the case with stocks, investors tend to have a home country bias when it comes to bonds. That bias can prevent investors from realizing compelling ex-US opportunities with Vanguard funds, such as the Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (NASDAQ:BNDX).Among Vanguard funds, BNDX does not grab many headlines, but this year, investors are waking up to this ETF's story. Year-to-date, BNDX has added $3.61 billion in new assets, a total surpassed by just nine other ETFs. More importantly, this Vanguard fund is proving to be a star among bond ETFs in 2019. BNDX is beating the widely followed, domestically-focused Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index by almost 100 basis points this year.BNDX tracks the Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index and holds nearly 5,800 bonds with an average duration of 7.8 years. All of this Vanguard fund's holdings have ratings ranging from Baa to Aaa, meaning credit risk is minimal. Vanguard ESG International Stock ETF (VSGX)Expense ratio: 0.15%Last year, Vanguard made its foray into the world of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs with two products, including the Vanguard ESG International Stock ETF (CBOE:VSGX). This Vanguard fund takes a traditional approach to virtuous investing.VSGX "specifically excludes stocks of companies in the following industries: adult entertainment, alcohol and tobacco, weapons, fossil fuels, gambling, and nuclear power," according to Vangaurd.While there are larger ESG ETFs, this Vanguard fund is proving the "Vanguard effect" is meaningful in the ESG space. VSGX debuted last September and already has $266.2 million in assets under management, making it one of the larger international funds in this category. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains VSGX holds a mix of developed and emerging market equities with the latter representing 19.40% of the fund's weight. Developed European markets account for nearly 42% of this Vanguard fund's geographic exposure. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG)Expense ratio: 0.08%The Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEARCA:VIG) is the largest U.S. dividend ETF and has attained that lofty status for multiple reasons, including an index methodology that includes only stocks with at least 10 consecutive years of dividend increases and a reputation for being one of the cheaper dividend funds on the market."This strategy focuses on dividend growth rather than dividend yield," said Morningstar in a recent note. "This approach reduces the fund's exposure to firms with weak fundamentals that may not be able to sustain their dividend payments, which is a risk that often accompanies a narrow focus on yield. The fund builds its portfolio by selecting only among stocks that have increased their dividend payment for at least 10 consecutive years. This stringent hurdle restricts the fund to holding highly profitable firms with shareholder-friendly management teams that have consistently raised dividend payments."VIG holds 183 stocks, nearly 48% of which are industrial or consumer staples stocks. With domestic dividends growing this year, but a moderated pace compared to recent years, VIG is an ideal Vanguard fund for investors looking for quality dividend growth. Vanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF (VWOB)Expense ratio: 0.30%Emerging markets debt is an ideal asset class for income-hungry investors looking for exposure to developing economies with lower risk than equities. The Vanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VWOB) has a 30-day SEC yield of 4.47%, more than double the dividend yield on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, and this Vanguard fund is outperforming the major emerging markets ETFs this year.VWOB holds 834 bonds with an average duration of 7.2 years. There is some credit risk with this Vanguard fund as over 30% of VWOB's reside toward the lower end of the investment-grade spectrum and nearly 48% carry non-investment grade ratings. Some of that risk is tempered by an almost 17% weight to China, a country that is unlikely to see its credit rating downgraded anytime soon. * 10 Baby Boomer Stocks to Buy This Vanguard fund could prove durable over the medium-term as the Federal Reserve holds off on raising interest rates and emerging markets currencies firm. Several of VWOB's largest country weights, excluding Mexico, are candidates to lower interest rates, which adds to the case for this Vanguard fund. Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (VO)Expense ratio: 0.04%With its annual fee of just 0.04%, the Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:VO) is one of the cheapest mid-cap ETFs on the market. Mid-cap stocks are usually defined as those names with market values of $2 billion to $10 billion, though some money managers stretch that to $15 billion. Historical data confirm the efficacy of owning mid-cap stocks."Since the Russell Midcap index started in 1979, midcaps have outperformed small-cap stocks on every rolling 10-year period, and they beat small- and midcap stocks combined 90% of the time. Midcap stocks outperform large stocks 73% of the time," according to Pensions & Investments.VO holds 369 stocks with a median market value of $15.6 billion, putting the Vanguard fund at the higher end of mid-cap territory. About 57% of the fund's weight is allocated to just three sectors - financial services, industrials and technology.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post 5 of the Best Vanguard Funds to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Plain-vanilla, high-quality bonds have been among the best diversifiers for equities over the past decade, eclipsing every other asset class on that front. After all, correlations data are based on past performance, and a performance pattern that held true in one market environment may not prevail into the next. In the financial crisis, for example, categories that had performed well in previous equity-market downturns, including municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and commodities, lost value amid a global flight to quality and liquidity.
How much to prepare for the potential for extended market weakness depends largely on life stage. As I noted in this video, people who are many years from retirement can reasonably choose to do nothing during a market swoon, or they may even use it as a buying opportunity. Retirees, on the other hand, tend to experience weak markets differently, and more viscerally, than their still-working counterparts.
Two money managers offer different approaches to building a portfolio that provides rising income without chasing yields.
Investors who are concerned that the trade negotiations can breakdown into a full out trade war should look to dividend growers and related ETFs. “We are thinking about some of the drivers of profit growth going forward, and we are looking at some of the communication services stocks,” Avid Kostin, Goldman Sachs chief U.S. equity strategist, told CNBC. Goldman also screens for stocks with big dividends and low labor costs in portfolios for its own clients.
Renewed trade clash between the United States and China has prompted investors to re-access their portfolio, leading to higher demand for safe-haven avenues or lower-risk securities.
Home to $32.8 billion in assets under management at the end of the first quarter, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSE: VIG) is the largest U.S. dividend exchange traded fund. VIG has attained that massive following due part to its emphasis on dividend growth stocks. Over the past three years, VIG is lagging the S&P 500 by 200 basis points, but the dividend fund has been less volatile than broader domestic equity benchmarks over that period.
The Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index Fund ETF Shares (VIG) is one of the largest U.S. dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) due in part to its modest fee of 0.08% per year, or $8 on a $10,000 investment. At the end of the first quarter, VIG had $32.8 billion in assets under management. VIG seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of common stocks of companies that have a record of increasing dividends over time.
Looking for a steady income stream to provide stability in your portfolio? Here are five of the best dividend ETFs to invest in this year, ranked by assets.
The first aspect to touch upon was the limitations of a market cap weighted index, which would then warrant the need for smart beta and factor strategies. While these indexes provided simple, low-cost solutions, the need for even greater scrutiny is necessary in the quest for more alpha —a case for smart beta. In addition, the simplicity of buying a broad-based market index has a concentration of risk, and should a market correction ensue comparable to that witnessed in the fourth quarter, investors are left vulnerable.
The ability to pay a dividend is also an indication of a company's financial strength and quality: Dividend payers have higher financial health grades, per Morningstar, than non-dividend-payers, and they're also more likely to have moats. There are a two key types of dividend-paying companies, which Morningstar director of global exchange-traded fund research Ben Johnson has helpfully called "growers" and "yielders." In turn, you can sort funds based on which types of companies they tend to emphasize. Growers have shown a tendency to increase their dividends over the years, which helps them deliver a pleasing balance between growing their businesses and paying income to shareholders.
Dividends can turbo-charge a portfolio over the long haul. Here are four funds that meet the criteria for solid long-term performance and low costs.
The recent passing of Vanguard founder John Bogle was a great loss for the investment world. Bogle was responsible for introducing index investing to the fund industry, and in the process, he helped millions of Americans reduce their costs and reach their retirement goals sooner.Bogle launched the first index fund in 1976 and lived to see his creations grow to a $4.6 trillion industry as of 2018. Capital continues to pour into indexed products, and Moody's predicts they will grow to represent 50% of the total investment market within five years. This popularity has grown because of index funds' numerous benefits, which include ... * Lower costs. Index funds don't need to employ teams of research analysts or portfolio managers trying to beat the market by constantly trading stocks. As a result, costs are significantly lower than actively managed funds. * Diversification. Index funds often seek to track a broad benchmark and frequently own hundreds if not thousands of different stocks, whereas the typical actively managed fund holds fewer than 100 stocks. The breadth of holdings helps reduce market risk. * Greater transparency. Index funds have a straightforward objective: match the performance of a market benchmark. These products don't suffer "style drift," which occurs when fund managers goose returns by investing in stocks that don't meet the fund's guidelines. * Superior performance. An annual fund-performance report from S&P; Dow Jones Indices showed that in 2018, the majority of actively managed large-cap mutual funds trailed the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index - for the ninth consecutive year.Here are 11 of the best index funds to buy for a variety of financial goals. This list consists mostly of ETFs but includes a few mutual fund options (including mutual fund versions of ETFs). SEE ALSO: The 19 Best ETFs for a Prosperous 2019
For those in or near retirement, the name of the game comes down to one thing -- income. Being able to turn your savings into a steady stream of paychecks after you stop working is really the only thing that matters. Luckily, the boom in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to buy can provide investors with a great way to do just that.One of the best things about ETFs is that they have democratized a ton of different asset classes and bond varieties. In doing this, investors looking for income can find and build a portfolio for whatever demands they have. Income in retirement can be dynamic, featuring high initial yields, inflation protection, grow over time, etc. And investors can do it with single-ticker access and low-costs.In the end, the best ETFs make building a complete income portfolio a breeze and can help turn savings into a steady paycheck once you punch your last clock. All in all, they are a must-have for those in- or near retirement.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade But what are the best ETFs for investors to focus on? Here are five funds that can be used to build a complete income portfolio and remove the hassle. Best ETFs to Buy: SPDR Portfolio Aggregate Bond ETF (SPAB)Expense Ratio: 0.04% or $4 per $10,000 invested annually 12-Month Dividend Yield: 3%There's a reason why bonds are called fixed-income investments. Their stability and regular coupon payments make them an ideal base from which an income portfolio can be built. And ETFs make adding this base very simple and cost-effective for retirees.The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is the benchmark for the broad bond universe and provides broad exposure to the U.S. investment grade bond universe. This includes everything from Treasury bonds, corporate bonds and mortgage pass-through securities to commercial mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities. As the top dog index for bonds, there is a wide variety of income ETFs that track it.But the SPDR Portfolio Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:SPAB) may be one of the best.State Street finally got serious a few years ago about competing with the other two big dogs in the ETF world and created its own core line-up of ETFs. This includes the $3.7 billion SPAB. The fund provides exposure to all 4,855 bonds in the index and it does so at a rock-bottom expense ratio of just 0.04%. That low expense ratio allows income seekers to keep more of their bond's distribution payments- currently at 3.17% -- and provides better overall returns. And with free trading available at several discount brokers, using SPAB as core income position only gets better.By using SPAB as their core bond position, investors can gain exactly benefits ETFs were designed to provide. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index ETF (VIG)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.08% Dividend Yield: 2%Getting dividends from stocks provides something that bonds can't compete with -- the ability to grow their income potential. As cash flows and earnings increase, stocks tend to hand out more money back to shareholders. Historically, stocks have on average grown their dividends by about 5.1% per year. For retirees, this growth is critical in making sure their purchasing power keeps up with inflation.Tapping into this is the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index ETF (NYSEARCA:VIG).VIG's M.O. isn't about an initial high-yield -- it currently only pays 2% -- but growing that payout over time. The ETF looks at stocks that have a history of increasing dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. These "dividend achievers" are exactly what investors are looking or in order to make sure their income keeps up with inflation.The ETF tracks currently 180 top stocks, including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Nike (NYSE:NKE). VIG, however, does not include real estate investment trusts (REITs) or MLPs. As a result, the vast bulk of its distributions are considered "qualified dividends" for tax purposes. And as a Vanguard ETF, VIG's expenses are dirt cheap. The nearly $33 billion ETF only charges a measly 0.08% in expenses. * 15 Stocks That May Be Hurt by This Year's Big IPOs When it comes to income ETFs, VIG can play a powerful role in getting some serious and growing equity income. iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF)Expense Ratio: 0.34% Dividend Yield: 2.9%Speaking of those real estate investment trusts (REITs) that previously mentioned VIG avoids, they have long been a great way to boost the income generated from a portfolio. That's because REITs feature a special tax structure that allows them to push out much of their cash flows to investors. Those cash flows are driven by the rents and profits from the underlying properties they own. So as apartments, office buildings, and strip malls keep churning out rent growth, REITs' dividends rise.The same could be said for REIT ETFs like the top-notch iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (NYSEArca:ICF).What makes ICF a particularly great ETF for retirees/income seekers is that ICF focus on the so-called "realty majors." Top holdings such as Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) or Equitable Residential (NYSE:EQR) are some of the leading firms specializing in their respective property types. With ICF, investors get exposure to the largest 30 REITs in the country.For income seekers, that's a place to be. For one thing, these firms' large asset bases provide plenty of cash flow and dividend stability. What it really means is a steady dividend in good times and bad. Moreover, REITs like ICF's holdings have long been able to raise their payouts at rates faster than inflation. This can provide a boost to income over time as well.With ICF added to your income ETFs, investors can add some serious current income and future dividend growth. Invesco Senior Loan ETF (BKLN)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.65% Distribution Yield: 4.5%Junk or high-yield bonds are a great way to score more income by moving down the credit ladder. The only problem is that junk bonds are very susceptible to interest rate hikes. And with the Federal Reserve starting to raise rates, income seekers looking to boost their incomes are facing a quandary.But here again, income ETFs can come to the rescue for a complete income portfolio.Senior bank loans are pools of corporate-issued debt that adjust rates every 30 to 90 days. The benefit of this is that as the Fed raises rates, those increases will be reflected in bank loan's coupons. The kicker is that senior loans are often issued to companies with credit ratings below investment grade. This means they offer higher starting yields than Treasury bonds. Investors get their cake and get to eat it as well.ETFs like the Invesco Senior Loan ETF (NYSEARCA:BKLN) make adding the once-hard-to-obtain asset class easy. BKLN is the largest of the ETFs in the sector and tracks the S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index. This index is designed to match the performance of the largest institutional leveraged loans based on market weighting, spreads, and interest payments. All in all, BKLN holds more than 118 different loans with top holdings including debt from PetSmart and Burger King. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash With a yield of 4.5%, BKLN can add the extra oomph that income seekers need to build out their income portfolios and shows how the best ETFs can make adding exotic assets classes easy. iShares National Muni Bond ETF (MUB)Expense Ratio: 0.07% Distribution Yield: 2.5%One of the biggest headaches in managing an income portfolio is taxes. We all know the saying about death and taxes. Uncle Sam has to have his share. Lowering how much you hand over to him is very important- especially so in retirement. So, if you can pay him nothing, even better for you. That's why municipal bonds and muni ETFs are powerful tax fighting tools. Issued by local and state governments, municipal bonds are free from federal taxes and in many cases, state taxes.When it comes to ETFs, the $11.8 billion iShares National Muni Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:MUB) is the king of the muni castle.MUB's holds a whopping 3,703 tax-free muni bonds. That's an amazing amount of diversification for just only 0.07% in expenses. It also provides plenty of tax-free income firepower. The ETF currently yields 2.5%. That's not too shabby already and is about the same as previously mentioned SPAB. But that yield gets even more impressive when you factor in taxes. For someone in the highest bracket, they would have to earn more than 5.20% to get the same amount of income.And that is where munis shine. By using MUB in a taxable account, income seekers can build a tax-free base of income to supplement or support the other income ETFs on this list. For retirees, municipal bonds are a must-have investment when building their income streams.At the Time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not have a position in any of the ETFs or stocks mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post The 5 Best ETFs to Buy for a Complete Income Portfolio appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The exchange-traded fund marketplace is littered with a variety of terms and acronyms that have left many investors in want of a user's manual. From time to time, it is worth going back to basics to better understand the ins and outs of ETFs' mechanics to help investors use them to their best advantage. If the fund uses physical replication to track its benchmark (that is, it owns securities, not derivatives), the assets are the component securities (or a sampling thereof) of its benchmark index, any accrued income generated through securities lending, and some cash.
The U.S. equity bull market, which will turn a decade old on Mar 9, can continue its run in 2019. And these ETFs should benefit.
Given the latest economic developments, investors should stash their cash in some safe investing zones. We have highlighted them and their ETFs here.
Stock buybacks are a sign of strong profitability and shareholder-friendly management teams who understand that their employers may have better investment opportunities than they do. Invesco BuyBack Achievers ETF PKW has built a solid record by selecting stocks based on short-term repurchasing activity. Firms that repurchase their shares tend to be highly profitable, but there is little to suggest that past repurchasing activity is predictive of future performance after controlling for profitability.
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) tracks and index that focuses on stocks that have increased their dividend payments for at least ten consecutive years, observes fund expert Walter Frank, fund specialist and editor of MoneyLetter.