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[ September 30, 2016 | Author: admin | Views: 7930 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Smart Beta exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been around since 2003, but they’ve exploded in popularity in the past year. Several major investment product providers, including Franklin Templeton, Legg Mason, John Hancock and Goldman Sachs, have all moved recently to introduce new Smart Beta ETFs. Let’s try to understand why — and how you can use them to make big bucks in a volatile market. First, a few terms you should know: ETF: An exchange-traded fund tracks an underlying index, portfolio or commodity but trades like a security on a stock exchange. It can be bought and sold throughout the day like a stock. Beta: A statistical measure of the volatility of an individual stock (or other security, index or portfolio) versus a given benchmark, such as the S&P 500. When measuring a stock’s volatility versus the S&P 500, for example, the S&P 500 has a Beta of 1.0. If … Continue reading

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