ETF Strategist

Fine-tuning a near-retirement investment portfolio can be tricky. Yields—even amid a recent rally and expectations for an eventual Fed hike—remain at historically low levels, and growth stocks can be fickle. Enter multi-asset exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The advantage of ETFs, say experts, is a structure that allows the manager to diversify among more asset classes, including …

It’s news to no one that energy was the bad boy of 2014. Surging U.S. production and slowing demand halved the price of oil and made the energy sector the year’s worst performing one amid a broader bull market. But at some point, there has to be a bottom in oil prices, and investors who …

Exchange-traded funds hit a big milestone this year, eclipsing the $2 trillion mark in assets, but don’t thank new ETFs. Of the 204 ETFs that launched in 2014, 92 have gained less than $10 million each in assets—that’s a pretty high flop ratio. Or put another way, even if you put all 92 of those …

It’s tough to launch new ETFs and find success. That’s been the case for years, and 2014 was no exception. So what was the winning combination among the latest rookie lineup of ETFs? The answer was often less a matter of marketing savvy or raising eyebrows with a novel concept than a simpler route to …

Are your investments boring? Do ETFs that track major indexes put you to sleep? Have regular old commodity holdings made you question your purpose in life? Maybe it’s time to spice up your portfolio. We went looking for the most unique ETFs we could find—investments you’d find hitchhiking on the side of the road at …

The U.S. population is getting grayer. Learning how to profit from an aging demographic can be a minor form of consolation set against time’s merciless tick-tock. Playing population trends is a foundation for many investable themes—for example, the population boom in the developing world and the rise of its consumer class. The so-called gray wave …