Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies

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It seems like every week Wall Street comes up with some new, exotic investment idea that puts your money at risk. Thankfully, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are less volatile than individual stocks, cheaper than most mutual funds, and subject to minimal taxation. But how do you use this wonderful product to diversify your investments in today’s fast-growing and ever-changing market?

Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies shows you in plain English how to weigh your options and pick the exchange-traded fund that’s right for you. It tells you everything you need to know about building a lean, mean portfolio and optimizing your profits. This hands-on guide will give you the power to use ETFs to:

  • Create the stock (equity) side of your portfolio
  • Handle risk control, diversification, and modern portfolio theory
  • Manage small, large, sector, and international investments
  • Add bonds, REITs, and other ETFs
  • Invest smartly in precious metals
  • Work non-ETFs into your investment mix
  • Revamp your portfolio to fit life changes
  • Fund your retirement years

In addition, this book covers commonly asked questions about ETFs and mistakes that many investors, even the experienced ones, make. It provides forecasts of the future for ETFs and personal spending and also provides a complete list of ETFs and Web resources to assist your investment. With Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, you’ll soon discover what makes ETFs the hottest investment on the market!

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Find out what makes ETFs the hottest investment on the market

Weigh the options and pick an ETF that's right for you

Looking for a new and rewarding way to invest? Exchange-traded funds may be for you! ETFs are less volatile than individual stocks, cheaper than most mutual funds, and subject to minimal taxation. Start profiting today — with the friendly guide that tells you everything you need to know about this increasingly popular investment.

Discover how to

  • Diversify your portfolio with ETFs
  • Lower your investment costs
  • Decrease your tax burden
  • Improve your long-term investment performance
  • Invest in stocks, bonds, REITs, or commodities

About the Author:

Russell Wild is a Certified Financial Planner and a Registered Investment Advisor. He is one of only a handful of wealth managers in the nation who is both fee-only (takes no commissions) and welcomes clients of both substantial and modest means. He calls his firm Global Portfolios to reflect his ardent belief in international diversification — using exchange-traded funds to build well-diversified, low-expense, tax-efficient portfolios.
Wild, in addition to the fun he has with his financial calculator, is also an accomplished writer who helps readers understand and make wise choices about their money. His articles have appeared in many national publications, including AARP The Magazine, Consumer Reports, Details, Maxim, Men’s Journal, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and Real Simple. He also contributes regularly to professional financial journals, such as Wealth Manager and Financial Planning.
The author or coauthor of two dozen nonfiction books, Wild’s last work (prior to the one you’re holding in your hand) was The Unofficial Guide to Getting a Divorce, coauthored with attorney Susan Ellis Wild, his ex-wife—yeah, you read that right—and published by Wiley. No stranger to the mass media, Wild has shared his wit and wisdom on such shows as Oprah, The View, CBS Morning News, and Good Day New York, and in hundreds of radio interviews.
Wild holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in international management and finance from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, in Glendale, Arizona (consistently ranked the #1 school for international business by both U.S. News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal); a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in business/economics magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.; and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (America’s sixth oldest college). A member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) since 2002, Wild is also a long-time member and board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

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