|Bid||74.29 x 3200|
|Ask||74.30 x 800|
|Day's Range||73.91 - 74.52|
|52 Week Range||62.14 - 76.97|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.92|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
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.
There are scores of global exchange traded funds available to investors, many of which use total market methodologies. When considering these products, investors should look for adequate diversification and low fees, among other favorable traits. Enter the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT) .
Investors looking to nibble at ex-U.S. equities without the commitment of an international exchange traded fund can consider global funds, which typically feature large exposure to domestic stocks. The ...
Most asset allocation calculators tout the benefits dedicating high percentages your portfolio to stocks for all but the most conservative investors. This is wonderful advice if you're comfortable with losing considerable capital during occasional down years. The S&P 500, including dividends, lost 4.23% in 2018 while in 2008 investors saw 36.55% of their U.S. stock portfolios vanish. Cash and short-term bond funds are ideal investment hedges for volatile markets. The fourth-quarter S&P 500 loss of 13.97% is a perfect example of why holding cash and short-term fixed income funds is the perfect salvo for a choppy market. The $57 billion December inflows into money market funds is a reminder not to overlook cash investments. * 5 Terrific Tech Stocks That Will Make You Forget About FANG A 100% allocation to an all-world stock fund such as the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEARCA:VT) cost you -9.76% in 2018. Cushion that allocation with 65% invested in VT and 35% in fixed investment Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:BSV), and your 2018 loss declines to -5.88%. So, the 2018 BSV return of 1.34% cushioned the S&P 500's fall. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Fixed Investment Funds to Calm Stock Market Volatility With rising interest rates, there are several options for higher fixed income yields. These investment hedges will help you sleep at night and shield your investments from excess volatility. Vanguard's Prime Money Market Fund (MUTF:VMMXX) will preserve the $1.00 share price and as of January 16, 2019, offers a 2.46% SEC yield. Should interest rates rise, so will the returns on this fund. The liquidity makes a money market mutual fund ideal for investors and seeking a hedge for investment market volatility. Another alternative, Schwab's Value Advantage Money Fund Investor Shares (MUTF:SWVXX) offers a 7-day yield of 2.32%. Despite their lack of glamour, a short-term bank certificate of deposit can provide a decent hedge to the stock market. Limelight, Sallie Mae, and Life Oak Banks all offer one-year CD rates of 2.85%. Traveling slightly up the fixed investing risk ladder, you can eek out higher yields. In exchange for higher yields, the following funds might deviate slightly from the $1.00 share price. The previously mentioned Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:BSV) tracks the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1- to 5-year government/credit float adjusted index. This market-weighted bond index covers U.S. Government and investment-grade corporate bonds with maturities from one to five years. The average duration is 2.6 years with a yield to maturity of 2.8%. With a 0.07% expense ratio, this fund is a low-cost alternative to owning individual bonds. The iShares iBonds Dec 2020 Term Corp ETF (NYSEARCA:IBDL) tracks the Bloomberg Barclays December 2020 Maturity Corporate Index. The index invests 90% of its assets in corporate bonds with maturity dates between December 31, 2019 and December 16, 2020. The 2.36% yield is competitive, and the short-term maturity dates suggests a stable share price. The 0.10% expense ratio makes IBDL an attractive low-cost short-term bond fund. If you're willing to withstand additional price volatility, the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index Inv (MUTF:VBIIX) offers a higher yield of 2.77%. This fund tracks Bloomberg's Barclays U.S. 5-10 Year Government Index and includes medium and larger issues of U.S. government and investment grade corporate bonds. With an average duration of 6.3 years, the share price will vary more than the prior fixed income choices. * 7 Stupidly Cheap Stocks to Buy Now The new Betterment Smart Saver option demonstrates the importance of a short-term fixed cash allocation. And, Schwab Intelligent Portfolio detractors, who complained about their cash allocation aren't saying too much right now. These past few months reminded investors that the stock market is risky and fixed investments can add comfort to the volatile equity market. As of this writing, the author held no positions in the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Consumer Stocks to Buy for Income * 7 Dark Horse Stocks You Really Need to Look at for 2019 * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Rise of Menswear Compare Brokers The post Risk-Averse Investment Hedges to Protect Yourself From Volatile Markets appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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