Are ETFs better than Mutual Funds?

Ulli Uncategorized 5 Comments

With the explosion of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), one of the more frequent questions I get is whether ETFs are better than mutual funds. The issue has been somewhat distorted by several large investment management firms and newsletters proclaiming that “we will never buy another mutual fund.” I think that this is a little extreme, because there is a place …

Should Financial Services Professionals be Compensated via Commission?

Ulli Uncategorized 3 Comments

OK, so I am somewhat biased because I run a fee-only advisory practice. However, over the past 5 years, I have received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from some of my 17,000 newsletter readers complaining about being misled by unscrupulous stock brokers, who were more interested in their financial well being than in their clients’. Calling up a client …

Are 3 and 5-year Mutual Fund Performance Data of Value?

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One of my newsletter readers had an interesting question. He asked: “One of the most commonly used and maybe the best advice is to look at the 1,3,5 year perfomance and the rating among peers. Then why don’t the funds at the bottom lose all potential new customers and all the owners sell? Are there some hidden factors?” Well, the …