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The Smarter Investor

July 2011


Are ETFs Better Than Mutual Funds?

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I have been asked this question often and by many types of investors. The answer is: It depends, but usually exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

First, let's start with a comparison of mutual funds and ETFs. Mutual funds are pooled investments managed by a mutual fund company with a certain objective in ...

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Why Proper Asset Allocation Is Important

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Asset allocation is a term used a lot by financial professionals, who use fancy words that many investors don't understand. Asset allocation simply means how your money is split between different types of investments.

It's very important for investors to have a proper asset allocation because the ...

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How to Value the Stock Market

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In a headline-driven environment, it's easy to get confused about which way the market is moving. Let's put aside the calamities of the day and focus on the fundamentals of "the market," as defined by the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500). The S&P 500, which includes the 500 largest companies ...

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Investors: How to Outsmart Inflation

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People experience inflation—or an increase in the price of goods and services—in a number of ways. First, it has helped investment portfolios in areas like big oil. As oil prices increase, so do the profits of companies like Exxon. If you've had a position in a commodity exchange-traded fund (ETF)

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