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Pros & Cons of Niche Tech ETFs   |   May 14th, 2019

Technology ETFs are being sliced thinner and thinner, with ETFs now covering cybersecurity, cloud computing, virtual reality, mobile payments, and more. ETF.com’s Lara Crigger discusses this growing segment of ETFs and key considerations for investors.  Amplify ETFs’ Christian Magoon goes in-depth on the recently launched Amplify CrowdBureau Peer-to-Peer Lending & Crowdfunding ETF (LEND).  Vanguard’s Michael Lovett highlights their latest ETF fee cuts and offers perspective on both fund and financial advisor fees.

Stocks Soaring, But Bond ETFs Shining   |   May 7th, 2019

With the S&P 500 enjoying its best start to a year since 1987, bond ETFs have somewhat surprisingly drawn investor interest.  BlackRock’s Karen Schenone helps make sense of the outsized bond ETF flows and also discusses factor-focused and ESG bond ETFs.  ETF.com’s Dave Nadig offers perspective on Morningstar’s annual fund fee study.  Distillate Capital’s Tom Cole spotlights their U.S. Fundamental Stability & Value ETF (DSTL).

A Budding Marijuana ETF Market   |   April 30th, 2019

AdvisorShares recently launched the Pure Cannabis ETF (YOLO), joining the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) as the only U.S.-listed, pure play marijuana ETFs.  AdvisorShares Portfolio Manager Dan Ahrens spotlights YOLO and ETF.com’s Lara Crigger offers her perspective on this budding area of the ETF market.  CFRA’s Todd Rosenbluth also discusses everything from marijuana ETFs to ETF fee wars.

Phil Huber on ETF Due Diligence, Investor Behavior, & More   |   April 23rd, 2019

Phil Huber, Chief Investment Officer at Huber Financial Advisors, explains his firm’s ETF selection process and discusses everything from ETF fees to investor behavior.  ETF.com’s Dave Nadig dives into ETFs offering exposure to newly listed public stocks such as Lyft.  Hoya Capital’s Alex Pettee spotlights their recently launched Housing ETF (HOMZ).

Alpha Architect’s Wes Gray on Closet Indexing, Factor Investing   |   April 16th, 2019

Alpha Architect’s Wes Gray explains the issue of closet indexing and offers perspective on how investors should approach factor-focused ETFs.  ETF.com’s Dave Nadig discusses ETF flows, the best and worst performing ETFs, and recent ETF launches.  Trim Tabs’ Janet Johnston spotlights their All Cap U.S. Free-Cash-Flow ETF (TTAC).

Debate Over How to Improve Financial Literacy   |   April 9th, 2019

Niki Boyson, Professor of Finance at Northeastern University, discusses the opportunities and challenges with improving our country’s financial literacy.  ETF.com’s Cinthia Murphy offers a smart beta ETF “State of the Union“.  Cambria’s Meb Faber spotlights the Cambria Trinity ETF (TRTY).

Innovation on Display at Annual ETF.com Awards   |   April 2nd, 2019

ETF.com’s Drew Voros highlights the biggest winners from the sixth annual ETF.com Awards. Astoria Portfolio Advisors’ John Davi discusses his firm’s approach to all-ETF portfolios and fields rapid-fire ETF questions. MarketGrader’s Carlos Diez spotlights the index behind the Barrons 400 ETF (BFOR).

Best of ETF Prime   |   March 26th, 2019

We revisit conversations with ETF.com’s Dave Nadig, Innovator ETFs’ Bruce Bond, and J.P. Morgan’s Jill DelSignore.

Challenges & Opportunities with ETF Education   |   March 19th, 2019

ETF.com’s Dave Nadig discusses how rapid ETF growth presents challenges and opportunities with investor education.  IndexIQ’s Sal Bruno explains the role of alternative investment strategies, including the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI).  ALPS Advisors’ Jeremy Held spotlights the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP).

Biggest ETF Launch in 15 Years   |   March 12th, 2019

ETF.com’s Lara Crigger discusses the biggest ETF launch of the past 15 years, the Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF (USSG), and whether the moment has finally arrived for ESG ETFs.  JPMorgan’s Jillian DelSignore talks Women in ETFs, actively managed bond ETFs, and ETF fees.  Global X’s Jay Jacobs spotlights their Nasdaq 100 Covered Call ETF (QYLD) and explains the inner-workings of a covered call strategy.

ETF Race to Zero: What Does “Free” Really Mean?   |   March 5th, 2019

ETF.com’s Dave Nadig discusses SoFi filing for the first “free” ETFs and whether transparency is being sacrificed in a race to the bottom on fees.  CFRA’s Todd Rosenbluth offers perspective on the latest round of ETF fee cuts from Vanguard.  ProShares’ Simeon Hyman spotlights their dividend growers suite of ETFs including the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL).

This is What Innovation Looks Like   |   February 26th, 2019

ETF.com’s Drew Voros offers perspective on the increasing number of ETF closures and ETF innovation moving forward.  Impact Shares Founder Ethan Powell discusses their lineup of socially conscious ETFs and what the future of ESG ETFs might hold.  Western Asset’s Ellen Cammer spotlights two actively managed bond ETFs from Legg Mason including the recently launched Western Asset Short Duration Income ETF (WINC).

Recapping Inside ETFs   |   February 19th, 2019

Nate Geraci and ETF.com’s Dave Nadig recap the world’s largest ETF conference, Inside ETFs.  Ambar Bajaj, V.P. ETF Product Manager at Legg Mason, offers his thoughts on the conference and discusses Legg Mason’s approach to ETFs.  Jeremy Schwartz, Global Head of Research at WisdomTree, spotlights several ETFs including the WisdomTree 90/60 U.S. Balanced Fund (NTSX).

Evaluating ETFs: There’s More Than Just Fees   |   February 12th, 2019

While fees are important, there are other considerations when selecting ETFs.  D.J. Tierney, Managing Director & Sr. Client Portfolio Strategist at Charles Schwab Investment Management, explains what he believes are critical factors when evaluating the universe of ETFs.  ETF.com’s Sumit Roy goes in-depth on an often overlooked aspect of ETF due diligence – trading spreads.  Premise Capital’s Jacob Hutchinson spotlights their Frontier Advantage Diversified Tactical ETF (TCTL).

Gold, Cryptos, & ETFs   |   February 5th, 2019

ETF.com’s Lara Crigger discusses physical gold ETFs and gold mining ETFs, including recent flows and the impact of fee competition.  Matt Bartolini, Head of SPDR Americas Research at State Street Global Advisors, spotlights the SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust (GLDM) and explains the role of gold in a portfolio.  Juan Carlos Artigas, Director of Investment Research at the World Gold Council, offers perspective on the current gold market and whether cryptoassets are a potential gold replacement.

Previewing the World’s Largest ETF Conference   |   January 29th, 2019

John Swolfs, CEO of Inside ETFs, previews the world’s largest ETF conferenceETF.com’s Lara Crigger explains how the government shutdown has impacted the ETF ecosystem.  Bill DeRoche, Chief Investment Officer at AGFiQ, spotlights their U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL).

Paying Tribute to Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle   |   January 22nd, 2019

The investment world recently lost a legend in Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle.  Nate, Conor, and ETF.com’s Dave Nadig look back at Jack’s impact on investing and the legacy he leaves behind.  Connor O’Brien, CEO of O’Shares ETF Investments, spotlights their lineup of ETFs including the O’Shares FTSE U.S. Dividend Quality ETF (OUSA).

What’s Next for ESG ETFs?   |   January 15th, 2019

ETF.com’s Lara Crigger discusses challenges and opportunities facing ESG ETFs and highlights the “World’s Cheapest ESG ETF Portfolio“.  Bob Smith, President & CIO at Sage Advisory, offers his perspective on ESG investing including spotlighting the Sage ESG Intermediate Credit ETF (GUDB).  Bruce Bond, CEO of Innovator ETFs, goes in-depth on their lineup of Defined Outcome ETFs.

AEI’s Mike Strain on Economy, Political Landscape in 2019   |   January 8th, 2019

AEI’s Mike Strain surveys the current economic and political landscape, offering perspective on the Fed, China, and the government shutdown. ETF.com’s Dave Nadig discusses stock ownership concentration in ETFs, focusing on Apple and other FAANG stocks.  Amplify ETFs’ Christian Magoon spotlights the BlackSwan Growth & Treasury Core ETF (SWAN).

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