December 07, 2010 at 10:00 AM EST
ETFs For The Forgotten Asset Classes
As ETFs have become increasingly popular among more active traders in recent years, it may be easy to forget that the vehicle was originally designed with the long-term buy-and-holder in mind. For those who take stock in the numerous academic studies indicating that active management generally destroys value over the long haul, cost efficient vehicles that own the market have obvious appeal over pricey funds that attempt to beat it. While ETFs are now components of sophisticated and short-term trading strategies, they remain as critical portfolio building blocks of retirement portfolios and other longer-term investment objectives [see also ETF Alternatives To The World’s Largest Mutual Funds]. The immediate diversification and broad scope of many of the ETFs ideal for construction of long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios has greatly simplified the asset allocation process; a portfolio offering exposure to various asset classes and thousands of individual securities can now be constructed with only [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Stories: Malaysia ETF Offers Exposure To Forgotten Emerging Market Chile, The Forgotten South American ETF Hard Asset Producer ETF (HAP) Under The Microscope
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