|Bid||150.17 x 800|
|Ask||150.19 x 800|
|Day's Range||150.07 - 150.44|
|52 Week Range||127.69 - 150.77|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.04%|
Which Sectors Are Worried about Rising US–China Trade Tensions? Most of the $200.0 billion in Chinese imports targeted by the next round of tariffs are expected to include consumer products. With the additional $267.0 billion in product tariffs proposed by President Trump, these tariffs could eventually cover almost all imports from China.
Among the emerging market (VEU) currencies, the Argentinian peso, Turkish (TUR) lira, Indonesia rupiah, and Indian rupee are declining to all-time lows. The US dollar is also strengthening against all major currencies, including those of emerging markets. As the US dollar strengthens and interest rates rise, the cost of servicing US debt for other countries goes up.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) recently became the third US-listed exchange traded fund to reach $100 billion in assets under management. The other two are S&P 500 tracking ETFs, but for some investors VTI and other total market funds could be better alternatives to the S&P 500. A year ago, VTI had about $82 billion in assets under management.
For many investors, a crucial aspect of the exchange-traded fund (ETF) is its user-friendly nature. This way of thinking, as well as the low costs and steady returns generally associated with ETFs as a group of investment opportunities, have prompted massive growth in the industry. Indeed, in just a few years, ETFs have ballooned into a multi-trillion dollar market.
What Does the Market Expect from the August Jobs Report? The unemployment rate for July fell 0.1% sequentially to 3.9%, its lowest point in nearly 18 years. The Fed is forecasting an unemployment rate of 3.5% by the end of this year.
The August figures for the US (VTI) employment situation from the US Department of Labor are due on September 7. For the past few months, the financial markets have been reacting sharply to the US jobs report numbers, which help shape the outlook regarding the Fed’s rate hike path. While August’s job report is important to watch for several reasons, most market participants believe that it won’t change the prospects of a rate hike in the Fed’s September policy meeting.
Import tariffs on a further $200 billion worth of imports from China would mark a major escalation in trade conflicts. China has announced that it will retaliate on about $60 billion worth of US imports. Until now, the markets have mostly shrugged off trade tensions, considering them temporary and a negotiating tactic used by President Trump.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) continues cementing its status as one of the largest US-listed exchange traded funds. Recently, the venerable VTI topped $100 billion in assets under management, becoming just third ETF to do so. The other ETFs to accomplish that feat are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) .
Figuring out how to start a retirement fund can be a daunting task for any investor, but that is especially true for younger, novice investors that are nowhere near retirement age. Investors wondering how to start a retirement fund do not need to scramble for ideas and vehicles to immediately start retirement planning. Easy-to-access instruments include 401k plans (for some workers) and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
For a while, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY) was the only exchange-traded fund (ETF) with more than $100 billion in assets under management. That changed late in the first quarter of 2017 when the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF ( IVV) joined the sparsely populated $100 billion club.
Are you the sort of investor who embraces the buy-and-hold strategy, preferring to do your due diligence up front and then let the returns accumulate over time? In fact, he made a point of requesting that 90% of the money he leaves his wife when he dies be invested in an S&P 500 index fund. Of course, you don't have to park all your money in an S&P 500 fund. In fact, most experts recommend some diversification.
The SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has fallen ~8.0% year-to-date and ~11.0% from its April peak. The overall sentiment for gold remains quite bearish right now. Plus, it is also a seasonally weaker period for the precious metal, which could give investors an opportunity to buy gold at low levels and hold it as a hedge against economic uncertainty.
At the Federal Reserve’s annual economic policy symposium this week, Fed chair Jerome Powell is also expected to talk about continuing trade issues, especially between the United States and China, and the impact they might have on the future monetary policy. Another issue that has recently gained importance is the health of emerging markets (EEM), especially after the Turkey crisis had the makings of a contagion. Equity investors are pulling money out of emerging markets into the United States.
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard, the leader in low-cost investing, today launched the largest suite of commission-free ETFs available to investors.1 As announced in early July, Vanguard is offering commission-free online transactions on approximately 90% of all ETFs—nearly 1,800 of the roughly 2,000 ETFs currently trading on the major exchanges. Now, Vanguard Brokerage clients will be able to access the vast majority of ETFs—from providers including BlackRock, Schwab, and SSgA—without incurring additional costs to purchase or sell. "Vanguard's expanded commission-free platform offers value, access, and convenience to the increasing number of investors turning to ETFs as their preferred investment vehicle," said Karin Risi, Managing Director of Vanguard's Retail Investor Group.
The US dollar’s (UUP) strength has been the primary reason for gold’s weakness in 2018. The dollar has been gaining against the euro as the region grapples with its economic and political woes.
The Federal Reserve’s tighter policy stance has also stalled gold’s rally. The Federal Reserve, the world’s major central bank, is raising rates in contrast to the rest of the world’s central banks, which are still following a loose monetary policy. For the week ended August 3, speculators were net long on the US dollar for the seventh straight week.
The question of whether Elon Musk broke any rules with his Tesla tweet might hinge on a little-understood 2013 SEC rule.
There is no doubt about it. Passively managed index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are driving fund industry fees lower while saving investors billions of dollars in the process. Last year, investors paid record low fees, saving a tidy $4 billion along the way.
Will the market's first no-fee index funds lead to better long-term returns for regular investors? It depends on a few key factors.
Fidelity Investments on Wednesday announced the upcoming debut of two mutual funds that break new ground in affordability, with annual expense ratios of 0%, making them essentially free to own. The funds, which will debut on Aug. 3, cover broad swaths of the global equity market. One fund, the Fidelity ZERO Total Market Index Fund, covers the entirety of the U.S. stock market, while the other focuses on international stocks.
What Will Financial Markets Look for in July's Jobs Report? The unemployment rate for June increased to 4.0% from a low of 3.8% in May, which was an 18-year low. The unemployment has grown because ~600,000 workers joined the workforce.
Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith and Jared Blikre on the biggest headlines moving the markets in afternoon trading Wednesday.