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ETFs Vs. Closed-End Funds: Which One for High Yield?

David Fabian
Fri Jan 31, 2014 03:32 EST

Exchange-traded funds are one of the easiest ways for income investors to access a plethora of high-yield investment options. These low-cost, transparent, and flexible vehicles are perfect for pinpointing a precise dividend-generating asset class and giving you instant exposure. There are select ETFs that hold high-yield bonds, preferred stocks, mortgage REITs, master limited partnerships, and even those with a blend .....

How to Get More Out of Your Bond Portfolio

Bennet Sedacca
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:47 EST

Over the years, trading equities has become more efficient and more transparent. By transparent, I mean that anyone, whether institutional or retail, with access to PC and the Internet can see the price of any listed or OTC stock. For example, if I want to buy 100,000 shares of Intel or Cisco, the depth of the market and the fact .....

How to Figure Out Your ETF Costs
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:07 EST

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are world renowned for their rock-bottom fees. But an ETF's annual expense ratio is not the only cost. Nor does everyone, even those who own the same exact fund, pay identical costs. Before we examine one way for estimating ETF costs, let's analyze the three inputs used in the calculation. Operating Expense Ratio (OER) This is the ongoing cost that .....

Three Shareholder-Friendly Companies and How to Find More Like Them

Peter Pham, AlphaVN Securities
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:35 EST

There are two key leadership functions that successful CEOs must execute well: efficiently directing cash-generating operations and effectively allocating cash that's generated by said operations and capital market transactions. Most management texts focus primarily on operations, but the capital-allocation function demands equal skill and senior management attention. There are several capital-generation aspects that need to be examined in order to determine .....

What Does a Stock Market Top Look Like? An 'Intermarket' Analysis

Michael A. Gayed
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:48 EST

In 1990, Michael E.S. Gayed, my father, published Intermarket Analysis and Investing, which outlined how to integrate economic, fundamental, and technical trends into the investment process. By integrating all three types of analysis into a sensible framework, his book exposed the inherent shortcomings of relying too heavily or exclusively on any single approach. Each school of stock market analysis is .....