5 best ETFs for bargain hunters

You can build a quick, diversified stock portfolio with just a handful of low-cost exchange-traded funds.

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Feb 2, 2014 9:38AM
There are some opinion pieces stating 75% - 85% of all individuals employed as Financial Planners / Financial Advisors cannot beat the index. This article may be written by one of those individuals. Three of the five funds barely beat the S&P 500 index over the past 1-3 years. The other two were marginally better than the S&P 500 index.

I would prefer to pay a MF manager 2% to get a return that is significantly better than the S&P 500 index - and with the screeners currently available it is easy to find numerous funds currently available.

And there are numerous ETF's that do much better than the S&P 500 index - or the ETF's noted by the writer of this opinion piece.

Feb 1, 2014 5:20PM
Don't take it personally Will, but I'm thinking that you live in and write from one of those states that just legalized pot. Come on you can tell us.  These are all terrible investments!  Are you serious?  Every one of these is trading at or near their 52 week highs in an over inflated market that is being artificially supported by the Feds fiat currency which is being pulled out slowly, or maybe not so slowly.  In addition these are netting a return of between -2% and over -4%.  That's some really spiffy investing advice you're passing out, but I think I'll pass if it's all the same to you thanks anyway.  In this market one needs to do tons of research and find small niche plays that they can get in and out of quickly.  Your ETF's are down an average of -3% YTD, my picks have yielded  almost +13% YTD. Think I'll stick with my way.
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