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Economist Burton Malkeil has called the index fund “the most important financial innovation that has been created for the individual investor.” And one look at index-fund pioneer Vanguard’s performance over the past decade shows that many individual investors agree. For the past 12 years, Vanguard has taken in more money on a net basis than
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Dangers may lurk in index funds, a popular area of the stock market known for their recent and consistent record of outperformance against actively managed funds, according to experts. A recent op-ed in the New York Times cautions that passive index funds may be vulnerable to bias, and possibly manipulation, as interest in those funds
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Shutterstock Wall Street is working on a new platform which will ease the trading, storing and spending digital assets. That’s bullish for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It will help them gain acceptance among investors, merchants and consumers. Last week, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced plans to form a new company, Bakkt, with the purpose to create
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Global index provider MSCI recently announced it would quadruple the percentage of China A shares—shares of companies that trade on mainland exchanges like Shanghai and Shenzhen and were previously available only to Chinese investors—in its China, global and emerging market indexes by November 2019. By then, A shares will have what MSCI calls a 20%
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It’s proxy voting season again, when companies hold their annual shareholder meetings and let their investors vote on resolutions on everything from board candidates to diversity to parental leave. This year, investors are gearing up to vote on 303 resolutions that touch on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. But if 2018 was any indication
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WASHINGTON — Pension funds need more state support to create a viable environment for public-private partnerships that could become good long-term investments for the funds while helping to close the infrastructure funding gap. With the national infrastructure deficit expanding and a long-term federal funding bill not yet on the table, pension funds are increasingly seen
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There’s talk at the legislative level over freeing Detroit from its now-limited state oversight as the stain of the city’s Chapter 9 recedes and its recovery continues. Sen. Sylvia Santana, D-Detroit, in March introduced a bill that would formally remove the state from overseeing Detroit’s finances. “The time for the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ has come
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This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers two weeks ago. The Weekly Closed-End Fund Roundup will be put out at the start of each week to summarize recent price movements in closed-end fund (CEF) sectors in the last week, as well as to highlight recently concluded or upcoming corporate actions on CEFs,
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Pity the poor loan sector. It is a relatively defensive area of the market that has been able to keep distribution rates much more stable over the last decade compared to other corporate debt sectors. Source: ADS Analytics LLC, TIINGO And yet it has been unloved by investors over the past year – showing the
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U.S. consumer debt growth eased in February and was less than forecast as Americans tapped credit cards, signaling consumption remained stable early this year. Total credit climbed $15.2 billion from the prior month, missing the $17 billion median estimate of economists, following an upwardly revised $17.7 billion gain in January, Federal Reserve figures showed Friday.
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Semiconductors are killing it, and you can thank China. The Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is just shy of the historic high it hit a year ago, and there’s good reason for it: China. The five S&P companies with the biggest exposure to China are all semiconductors. Qualcomm, Micron, Qorvo, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments all get 40%
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President Donald Trump’s potential nominations of Stephen Moore and Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve could be the beginning of a politicization of the central bank, according to Barclays’ chief U.S. economist. “When it comes to nominees, most people that get nominated to the board, regardless of what party is in power, they tend to
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Mainstream news coverage of cryptocurrency is often disingenuous or factually incorrect – that’s certainly no surprise given the nascent technology is widely misunderstood. But if one would have thought that recent milestones – bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, the arrival of crypto projects from the likes of JP Morgan and Facebook – would have encouraged the media to
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Young woman practicing basketball near the Venice beach in Los Angeles, California. She is having a great time, slamming the ball in the sunset hours. Getty He drives… He shoots… He scores! Here’s a question for you if you watch basketball on even a semi-consistent basis. How many times have you heard those three lines
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This article was co-produced with Dividend Sensei. A while back I wrote a Seeking Alpha titled “Why Not Just Buy Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ) And Be Done With It?” The article performed extremely well and I even wrote a follow-up article last year titled, “So, Why Not Just Buy VNQ And Be Done With
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