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Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition


The fast and easy way to get a handle on ETFs

Playing with money can be hazardous to your wealth, so how can you use ETFs to diversify your investments without losing your cash and your cool? Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you in plain English how to weigh your options and confidently pick the ETFs that are right for you to build a lean, mean portfolio and optimize your profits. So what are you waiting for?

  • The ABCs of ETFs — find out everything from what makes ETFs so sleek and economical to what goes into actually buying, holding, and selling them

  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket — discover how to mix and match your stock ETFs to build a diversified portfolio that will serve you well in both good times and bad

  • Put the "I" in diversification — meet a bevy of bond, real estate, and commodity ETFs you can massage into your portfolio for maximum diversification

  • Sample the menu — take a look at sample portfolios and find one that fits like a glove, or tinker around and make one that suits your personal tastes, preferences, and goals

  • Find your zen — every good portfolio needs a cool head and steady hands to maintain and tweak it, and that's just what you'll learn to do

Open the book and find:

  • The differences between ETFs and mutual funds

  • The ETF players: Who creates, sells, and manages the funds

  • Risk control, diversification, and other things you need to know

  • Lots of options for investing in stocks of small, large, growth, and value companies

  • Advice for adding international investments to your mix

  • ETFs that allow you to invest in industry sectors

  • Ten mistakes most investors (even smart ones) make

Learn to:

  • Navigate the ETF marketplace

  • Make informed investments

  • Grasp the latest ETF products, providers, and strategies

Russell Wild, MBA, is a NAPFA-certified financial advisor and principal of Global Portfolios, an investment advisory firm. His writing has appeared in many national magazines and numerous professional journals. He is also the author of Bond Investing For Dummies and Index Investing For Dummies.

Introduction 1

Part I: The ABCs of ETFs 9

Chapter 1: The (Sort of Still) New Kid on the Block 11

Chapter 2: What the Heck Is an ETF, Anyway? 23

Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Players 45

Part II: Building the Stock (Equity) Side of Your Portfolio 69

Chapter 4: Risk Control, Diversification, and Some Other Things You Need to Know 71

Chapter 5: Large Growth: Muscular Money Makers 91

Chapter 6: Large Value: Counterintuitive Cash Cows 103

Chapter 7: Small Growth: Sweet Sounding Start-ups 111

Chapter 8: Small Value: Diminutive Dazzlers 121

Chapter 9: Going Global: ETFs without Borders 127

Chapter 10: Sector Investing: ETFs According to Industry 147

Chapter 11: Specialized Stock ETFs 165

Part III: Adding Bonds, REITs, and Other ETFs to Your Portfolio 183

Chapter 12: For Your Interest: The World of Bond ETFs 185

Chapter 13: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs): Becoming a Virtual Landlord 211

Chapter 14: All That Glitters: Gold, Silver, and Other Commodities 219

Chapter 15: Working Non-ETFs and Active ETFs into Your Investment Mix 235

Part IV: Putting It All Together 249

Chapter 16: Sample ETF Portfolio Menus 251

Chapter 17: Exercising Patience: The Key to Any Investment Success 271

Chapter 18: Exceptions to the Rule (Ain’t There Always)  285

Chapter 19: Using ETFs to Fund Your Golden Years 303

Part V: The Part of Tens 321

Chapter 20: Ten FAQs about ETFs 323

Chapter 21: Ten Mistakes Most Investors (Even Smart Ones) Make 329

Chapter 22: Ten Forecasts about the Future of ETFs and Personal Investing 333

Part VI: Appendixes 339

Appendix A: Great Web Resources to Help You Invest in ETFs 341

Appendix B: Glossary 347

Index 353