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The boom in passive investing won’t cause the next crash

Passive investment funds such as ETFs are now such a fundamental part of financial markets that some people worry that they will spark the next crash.…
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Passive investments come under pressure from regulators

Investors are allocating ever greater sums to passive investments including ETFs and index trackers. Regulators have taken note, says David Stevenson.
24 Sep 2019
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The best ways to invest in gold

From ETFs and allocated accounts to sovereigns and Britannias, Dominic Frisby looks at some of the best ways to buy and sell gold.
17 May 2019
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British stocks are due a bounce

Uncertainty over Brexit has prompted consumers and companies to put off investing in British stocks. Once clarity returns, cheap stocks should rebound…
4 Apr 2019
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Everything you needed to know about ETFs

Book review: The Ultimate ETF Guidebook How ETFs evolved from simple funds that tracked the main indices to more complex smart-beta funds that attempt…
21 Mar 2019
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Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.
19 Feb 2019
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Low volatility – or low rates?

Tracker funds investing in “boring” stocks have done well in the past 25 years – but is that set to change?
9 Nov 2018
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Two funds to profit from Asia's love for smartphones

HanETF’s exchange-traded fund allows you to buy into a “mega trend” - the surging demand for smartphones in Asia.
12 Oct 2018

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Chart of the week: cannabis is getting too high

The first ETF to track marijuana producers passed C$1bn in September, doubling its value in a year – but the sector is getting ahead of itself.
21 Sep 2018
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The trouble with index-tracking funds

Index-tracking funds are great, cheap alternatives to their overpriced active cousins. But they aren’t flawless, says John Stepek.
29 Jun 2018
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Momentum investing: what it is, why it works and what to buy

Momentum investing – buying what has already gone up in price in the belief that it will keep doing so – shouldn’t work in theory. Yet in real life, i…
15 Jun 2018
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Three exciting new ETFs

These new exchange-traded funds give you the opportunity to invest in some interesting sectors.
1 Jun 2018
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One area of financial markets where ETFs could prove very disruptive

Some people argue that ETFs undermine the structure of the stockmarket. That’s not really true, says John Stepek. But they could spark trouble in anot…
21 May 2018
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Bond ETFs get active

A new type of exchange-traded fund will provide a useful way for bond investors to mitigate risk, says David Stevenson.
18 May 2018
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Value investing is due its time in the sun

Whether you own active funds or ETFs, you must pay attention to which investment styles are working, says David Stevenson.
27 Apr 2018
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Aim makes its mark at last

London’s Alternative Market performed poorly during its first 20 years – but investors can no longer afford to ignore its 1,254 companies, says Max Ki…
17 Nov 2017
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Could ETFs crash the market? Maybe – but that’s not what you should worry about

Investors in index-tracking ETFs could see heavy losses if markets fall. But the “smart-beta” funds that try and solve this problem bring risks of the…
9 Oct 2017
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Are new ETF launches a sign that markets are overheated?

In echoes of the dotcom boom when new fund launches rose tenfold int he y ear before the bubble burst, the rate of new ETF launches targeting hot new …
1 Sep 2017
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How volatile is your ETF?

Recent turbulence in ETFs tracking “low volatility” highlights just how important it is to keep an eye on what’s actually going in your funds. john St…
7 Jul 2017
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What’s in your ETF?

There are some things to be aware of when buying ETFs, says John Stepek, as problems with one popular fund earlier this month revealed.
28 Apr 2017
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It’s quiet out there. Too damn quiet

Driven by record amounts of money pouring in to exchange-traded funds, markets are starting to feel a little overheated, says John Stepek. Are we near…
21 Mar 2017
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ETFs: the road to serfdom?

Cheap trackers, exchange-traded funds and passive investing have been accused of undermining capitalism. Matthew Partridge exmines why.
2 Sep 2016
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The six ETFs I'd pick if I was building a portfolio from scratch

David C Stevenson explains how to put together a simple, no-nonsense portfolio of ETFs from scratch.
22 Jan 2016
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Dividend-based ETFs: simple ways to place bets on smart ideas

A new range of dividend-based ETFs offer tantalising new prospects for ‘smart-beta’ investors, says David C Stevenson.
5 Nov 2014
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What are your ETFs really costing you?

Paul Amery explains how to compare passive funds with actively managed funds, and the costs you should watch out for.
10 Jun 2014
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How to get the benefits of active fund management on the cheap

'Smart beta' funds give you a chance to beat the market without the high charges of actively-managed funds. Matthew Partridge explains, and picks one …
27 May 2014
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Why you should beware of ETFs

Ed Bowsher looks at exchange traded funds, or ETFs, and explains what they are. He also highlights some of their dangers and risks, so you can avoid t…
13 Mar 2014
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George Osborne gives investors yet another reason to like ETFs

Removing stamp duty from ETF share purchases could mean a cut in charges for the already cheap funds, says Ed Bowsher.
5 Dec 2013
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Watch out for the hidden costs of ETFs

Exchange-traded funds tend to be much cheaper than actively-managed funds. But there can be hidden charges. Matthew Partridge explains what they are, …
24 Oct 2013
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ETFs: A great tool for DIY investors

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are cheaper than unit trusts and look set to become even more popular in the wake of the RDR, says Matthew Partridge.
15 Nov 2012
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Hidden risks in corporate bond ETFs

Corporate bond exchange-traded funds are in hot demand. But many investors are oblivious to a key risk. Paul Amery explains.
21 Sep 2012
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Do ETFs stay on track?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may be cheaper than actively managed funds - but don't assume their returns will always match the returns from the indice…
13 Aug 2012
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What is an exchange-traded fund?

Tim Bennett looks at one of our favourite investments - exchange traded funds - and explains what they are, why we like them, and what their drawbacks…
24 May 2012
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What you need to know about ETFs

Exchange-traded funds are a great way to trade markets in the short term. But before you dive in, says Paul Amery - here's what you need to know.
20 Apr 2012
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The best ETF dividend funds

A dividend exchange-traded fund can be a great way to tap into a steady income stream. But what are the risks? Tim Bennett explains.
19 Mar 2012
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Avoid stockmarket pitfalls with ETFs

Britain's stockmarket is suffering from short-term trading and investor apathy, says a recent review. But exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could offer jus…
9 Mar 2012
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Asset managers lose out to ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and trackers are becoming more popular as investors spurn management fees for better value. That's good news for savers, …
24 Feb 2012
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Do your homework on ETFs

New guidelines have been drawn up to protect consumers of financial products such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But it's still vital you do your re…
10 Feb 2012
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How popular ETFs distort share prices

Many stocks are now being traded not because of a fundamental interest in the individual firms, but because they belong to widely-traded ETFs. It's a …
13 Jan 2012
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How a euro break-up would affect ETFs

If the euro breaks apart, chaos will ensue. But how will this impact on exchange-traded products that track euro-related indices? Paul Amery reports.
1 Nov 2011
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Just how risky are ETFs?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) make extra income from lending out their stocks. But what are the risks to you as an investor? Paul Amery reports.
25 Oct 2011
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Should you worry about ETF fraud?

A loophole in how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are traded cost Swiss bank UBS $2.3bn. Considering the popularity of ETFs, should you be worried? Paul …
3 Oct 2011
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How to get the most value from ETFs

The gap between the buying prices of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and their intrinsic values grew during August's volatile trading. So what can you do…
9 Sep 2011
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Are ETFs to blame for the latest chaos?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are becoming increasingly popular as investors look to forecast an index as a whole. But by ignoring the individual merit…
22 Aug 2011
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ETFs: how to spot the hidden risks

When buying exchange-traded funds (ETFs), there are two main risks you should watch out for. Paul Amery explains what they are and how you can spot th…
9 Aug 2011
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Is your ETF a safe bet?

Although exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have increased in popularity recently, investors should beware of the potential conflict of interests between th…
22 Jul 2011
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Are 'synthetic' ETFs worth the risk?

The press and regulators are really getting their teeth into ‘synthetic’ exchange-traded funds just now. But what exactly are they, and should retail …
8 Jul 2011
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How to reduce your fund management fees

There are many low-cost alternatives to expensive funds. So if you're not happy with the level of fees you're paying, take your business elsewhere. Ru…
5 Jul 2011
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What are ‘active’ ETFs?

Active exchange-traded funds (ETF) are all the rage. But what are they, and should you invest in them?
27 Jun 2011