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Investing in ETFs For Dummies, Portable Edition


Learn to:

  • Navigate the EFT marketplace with confidence
  • Choose the right products and strategies for your situation
  • Increase the diversity of your portfolio

See how exchange-traded funds can enhance your portfolio

Exchanged-traded funds, or ETFs, are becoming standard additions to an investor's portfolio. Build your knowledge base by learning how ETFs work, the differences between the various types of ETFs, as well as the pros and cons.

  • Knowledge is power — see how ETFs can be uniquely suited to filling the gaps in your portfolio
  • Discover what's out there — explore the latest products, providers, and strategies, so you can make informed decisions
  • Get the straight scoop — understand the risk and return on ETFs and get straightforward information about their advantages and disadvantages
  • Optimize your portfolio — learn to customize ETF investments to suit your personal investment needs

Open the book and find:

  • A primer on ETF basics
  • How to get started
  • Why ETFs are a tax-smart option
  • What you should know before going global
  • Where ETFs may fit in your portfolio
  • The value of patience in investing

Russell Wild is a NAPFA certified financial advisor and principal of Global Portfolios, an investment advisory firm based in Allentown, PA that works with clients of both substantial and modest means. He has written two dozen books and numerous articles on financial matters.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with ETFs 5

Chapter 1: The (Sort of Still) New Kid on the Block 7

Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Players 29

Part II: Getting to Know ETFs 51

Chapter 3: Large Growth and Large Value 53

Chapter 4: Small Growth and Small Value 73

Chapter 5: Going Global: ETFs Without Borders 85

Chapter 6: Sector Investing and Specialized Stocks 105

Chapter 7: For Your Interest: The World of Bond ETFs 123

Chapter 8: REITs, Commodities, and Active ETFs 143

Part III: Customizing and Optimizing Your ETF Portfolio 161

Chapter 9: Sample ETF Portfolio Menus 163

Chapter 10: Understanding Risk and Return 185

Chapter 11: Exercising Patience and Learning Exceptions 205

Part IV: The Part of Tens 227

Chapter 12: Ten FAQs about ETFs 229

Chapter 13: Ten Mistakes Most Investors (Even Smart Ones) Make 235

Index 241