Exchange traded funds (ETFs) feature low expenses, tax efficiency and fare well when you invest a lump sum into the market. Although many in the media, within the industry and investors are following the newer, narrow-based ETFs, Yuval Rosenberg for CNN Money.com highlights some of the broader-based ETFs. Some ETFs worth your further investigation are:

  • Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI): VTI provides a broad basket of stocks with a low expense ratio of 0.07%. It’s heavy on financial services, set at 22%. The top three holders include ExxonMobil (XOM), General Electric (GE) and Citigroup (C). So far this year, VTI is up 7.7%.
  • iShares S&P Global 100 Index (IOO): Forty-seven percent of companies in IOO are located in North America; 45% in western Europe; 5% in Japan and the rest in Asia. This ETF has all the multi-national giants under one roof. So far this year, IOO is up 7%.
  • Vanguard Small-Cap Value (VBR): Financial services and industrial materials are the heavy-weights in VBR, coming in at 53%. Small-caps can provide diversification in portfolios. For the year, VBR is up 5%.
  • Vanguard FTSE All World (VEU): VEU includes 2,200 stocks from 50 countries, excluding the United States. Opening this year, VEU is up 7% for the last three months.
  • SPDR Barclays Capital Capital TIPS (IPE): This ETF invests in Treasure inflation-protected securities (TIPS). Launched in May, State Street started this newer ETF to compete in the fixed-income ETF marketplace.

Broad-based ETFs can be helpful to your portfolio, but with any investment decision, ensure it fits with your financial strategy. It’s also important to set a stop-loss point.

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