|Bid||75.15 x 2900|
|Ask||76.67 x 1800|
|Day's Range||0.00 - 0.00|
|52 Week Range|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||16.41%|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.93|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
Mutual funds almost go hand-in-hand with retirement investing. And why not? The modern mutual fund predates exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by more than six decades. Most 401(k) plans hold nothing but mutual funds. So it's reasonable to link one with the other.But don't sleep on exchange-traded funds. As you'll soon find out, while many of the best ETFs out there are tactical strategies and great trading vehicles, some of them are dirt-cheap, long-term buy-and-hold dynamos that can give investors what they need in retirement: diversification, protection and income.Many (though not all) ETFs are simple index funds - they track a rules-based benchmark of stocks, bonds or other investments. It's an inexpensive strategy because you're not paying managers to analyze and select stocks. And it works. In 2018, the majority of large-cap funds (64.5%) underperformed Standard & Poor's 500-stock index - the ninth consecutive year that most of them failed to beat the benchmark.Today, we'll look at seven of the best ETFs for retirement. This small group of funds covers several assets: stocks, bonds, preferred stock and real estate. Which ones you buy and how much you allocate to each ETF depend on your individual goal, be they wealth preservation, income generation or growth. SEE ALSO: The Kip ETF 20: The 20 Best Cheap ETFs You Can Buy
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Interested in buying a graduation gift for a loved one? Or perhaps you're a recent graduate yourself, and you're looking for good exchange-traded funds to start your own investment portfolio. You've come to the right article. These are the three ETFs to buy that represent a great mix of growth and stability for young investors.There are a few things to keep in mind when picking your first ETFs to buy as a young investor. You want to keep fees to a minimum. And, given your long investment time horizon, you want exposure to stocks that will grow quickly in coming years and decades. * 10 Stocks to Buy on College Students' Radars So what three ETFs would make up a great new graduate's portfolio? Read on.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)Without a doubt, the SPDR S&P 500 Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) is America's most popular ETF. It's the largest ETF by assets, and it's often the most actively traded as well. And with good reason. If you own nothing else, your fundamental holding should probably be in America's 500 largest, most dynamic firms. When you hear folks talking about how the stock market produces 9% annually over time, they are referring to the S&P 500 index.But while the SPY ETF cruises off its long history and reputation, a rival has emerged. Vanguard has always prided itself on low fees. And they've pushed things to a new level with the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:VOO).The VOO ETF charges just 0.03% a year in management fees, compared to the SPY's 0.09%; 0.09% is very cheap as far as ETFs go, but VOO is even better, especially if you have a long-time horizon. On a $10,000 investment, for example, SPY would charge $9 per year in fees, versus $3 per year for VOO. Compounded over several decades, that could easily end up being a several thousand dollar difference. In any case, investors should have exposure to the S&P 500 as a core holding, and the VOO ETF is the best to buy for that aim right now. iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF)You can't go wrong owning the S&P 500. But for younger investors in particular, you may want a spicier option. That leads us to the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:IWF). Many folks default to the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ) for this sector.But keep in mind that the QQQ ETF owns just 100 leading growth companies, and has outsized exposure to just a handful of mega-cap tech companies. That's fine if you want a heavy dose of the FAANG giants. But if you want to participate in the broad range of explosive tech growth we're seeing in smaller Silicon Valley firms right now, you need to diversify more widely. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 The iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF manages that by having a more distributed portfolio spanning many hundreds of different companies. Additionally, it has more holdings outside of pure tech companies, giving you more diversification. It has exposure to sectors such as healthcare that have promising demographic trends for long-term investors in particular. That protects the ETF from suffering so heavily should we get another tech wreck like in 2000. And at just 0.20% a year, IWF's management fee is more than reasonable as well. Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT)We're just coming off what many have termed the American century. The United States ascended to the role of the world's superpower. In doing so, its economy became the world's undisputed leader as well. Not surprisingly, U.S. stock returns have crushed those of stock exchanges of almost all other large countries as well.There's no guarantee that the next century will be as auspicious for American equities, however. The U.S. faces an aging population, a splintering political environment, and a crushing debtload going forward. That's not to say that U.S. stocks are doomed in the future. They could well continue their exhilarating run in coming years.But in an uncertain world, one of the best forms of diversification is geographic. The Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEARCA:VT) is one great ETF to buy to protect a young investor against weakness in American stocks. The VT ETF splits its money across all the world's stocks ranked by market cap. This gives investors a healthy dose of America's largest companies, but also the leading firms from Europe, Japan, China and so on. As long as stocks rise globally, VT will go with it, whether or not America continues to lead the pack. And with a management fee of just 0.09% a year, this is one of the cheapest options out there to get non-U.S. stock exposure.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek held no positions in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. 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Here's a question that seems simple but, like many investment topics, can be tricky to answer: How many funds should you own in a given account in your investment portfolio? If you want to keep things simple, you can go with as few as one (think target-date funds), three, or five funds that cover the core asset classes. My group at Morningstar provides outsourced fiduciary services to retirement-plan clients.
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Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, is again wielding its low-cost sword. On April 26, Vanguard said it's lowering fees on 21 of its ETFs, including its two largest funds, ...
Editor's note: This article is part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2019 contest. Jim Woods' pick for the contest is the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG).No matter where you looked during the first quarter, you were likely to find some very strong equity performance. That's true for stocks in the emerging market space as well, as my Best ETFs contest selection of the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG), my preferred ETF for exposure to the emerging markets, logged a gain of nearly 10% in Q1.Now, while that gain is fantastic, given the mighty quarter we saw in broad-based domestic and international stocks, the near double-digit percentage move in IEMG seems somewhat tame by comparison.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn what was the best quarter for stocks in nearly a decade, the major domestic and world indexes saw a big move that eclipsed the strong gains in emerging-market equities. The chart below shows the upward trajectory of IEMG, the S&P 500 and the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (NYSEARCA:VT).I always find it frustrating when you get a big gain in a sector ETF or a stock, only to realize that simply owning a vanilla S&P 500 fund would have given you better performance. That said, we must realize that Q1 performance in stocks was highly atypical, not just from a straight-up numbers standpoint, but also because the drivers that sent stocks soaring nearly across the board aren't likely to be duplicated during Q2. * The Elite 8 Stocks to Buy for Massive Outperformance An about-face by the Federal Reserve on rate hikes, and the announced end to "Quantitative Tightening" by September, helped fuel the Q1 buying, but the Fed factor is largely priced into stocks here. Then we had a not-as-bad-as-feared Q4 earnings season, and that helped markets move higher. However, if we don't see real, robust earnings in Q1, it's hard to see domestic stocks trending higher at the pace they did through the first three months of 2019.I remain bullish on emerging markets, as I suspect the recent bout of U.S. dollar strength, created chiefly by lower bond yields and geopolitical angst (particularly in Europe due to Brexit), will subside. That should cause the dollar to back off a bit, and that will be good for commodities -- and by extension, emerging market economies that are often commodity-based.The bottom line is the IEMG ETF has performed well so far in 2019, and I expect that performance to accelerate in the second quarter.At the time of this writing, Jim Woods was long IEMG in his Successful Investing portfolio. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Genomic Testing Stocks That Can Ease the Sting of Theranos * 4 Pot Stocks That Could Be Fizzling Out * 7 Mid-Cap Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon or Netflix Compare Brokers The post Best ETFs for 2019: The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Looks Ahead appeared first on InvestorPlace.
BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that its suspension this week of the license of a second major Canadian canola exporter is justified by safety concerns, as the sides continue to feud over Ottawa's detention of a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
TORONTO (AP) — China has suspended the license of a second major Canadian canola exporter, a blow to $2 billion worth of exports that is widely seen as retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Global equity ETFs weakened Thursday as weak data on China, the world's second largest economy, and tempered expectations on trade talks between the U.S. and China weighed on markets. On Thursday, the iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI) fell 0.2% and the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT) dropped 0.1%. The most recent data revealed Chinese factory activity declined to a three-year low and China's export orders decreased at their fastest pace since the global financial downturn a decade ago, fueling concerns of a slowdown in the Chinese economy and its impact on global markets, Reuters reports.