Best Funds To Invest In Now.

These are peculiar times we find ourselves in. Here’s a list of funds from Kiplinger that not only cover just about every bogeyman bandied about in the financial press these days, but hit upon some classic needs in a mutual fund as well.

Inflation protection

Sooner or later, the reckless monetary policy in Washington D.C. is going [...]

Best ETF’s For…

Kiplinger has released their annual “best of” edition, where they rate the best of just about everything. One of the categories is ETF’s. I thought I’d share the picks, and some thoughts on them here, but you should check out the complete issue if you get a chance.

Best ETF for Income.

Kiplinger’s pick for best Income [...]

Looking To Invest In Banks, Go Small.

By now, we now the sad story of the large national investment banks like Bear Stearns, AIG, Citigroup et. al.. Such examples give pause to investors, as they should, but they also taint the entire financial sector.

Believe it or not, there are many banks that stuck to lending and banking principles and never ventured into [...]

5 Energy Stocks To Invest In.

Introducing the “new, pragmatic approach to energy investing” (as it is called by SmartMoney) – also known as the having it both ways approach. It’s a new way to invest in energy stocks, and it mimics what the big oil companies themselves are doing. It’s a hedge, really.

It’s investing in the traditional energy supplies like [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for Vanguard Fans.

The Vanguard family of funds has many fans in the individual investor community. With their dedication to low expense fees, it’s no surprise. Much has been made of the drag on performance of high fees, and there is a growing investment community that not only shuns investments with high fees, but rates fees and expenses [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for Maximum Income (and Fat, Juicy Yields).

With the low fees and wide selection of ETFs, you can now build a portfolio for maximum and minimum fees relatively easily. Here’s one such sample portfolio from Kiplinger that allocates 65% to bonds, 35% to stocks. The bond section is spread between conservative, laddered treasures and riskier junk bonds. As of a month ago, [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for Long Term Growth.

Here’s an all ETF portfolio that’s sure to see some volatility. It’s geared toward long term growth, and as such it invests heavily in small cap stocks, foreign markets and commodities. The fund total is 90% stocks, 10% commodities and is best left to investors with long time horizons and a high tolerance for risk.

Here’s [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for Growth and Income.

When this portfolio was originally recommended by Kiplinger, about a month or so ago, the yield was a hefty 5.8%.

A large part of that yield comes from the LQD fund that focuses on high-quality corporate bonds, the IGOV fund which buys foreign government bonds, HYG which focuses on junk bonds, and dividend stalwart DVY. [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for Alternative Investments.

If you’re looking for an ETF portfolio that provides exposure to assets other than stocks and bonds, you may want to check this out.

The ETFs in this portfolio (from Kiplinger’s magazine) are anything but the boring, old index funds that got the ETF started. The funds cover commodities like energy, gold and agricultural, but [...]

A Sample ETF Portfolio for 100% Foreign Exposure.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer broad diversity in a single package, and if the ETF is an index fund then they carry added tax benefits when compared to actively manage mutual funds. When ETFs first hit the investment scene, they were simple index tracking funds. They mainly targeted passive investors.

Since then, the number ETF offerings [...]