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MTV VMAs: Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

MTV VMAs: Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardRihanna was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.Mary J. Blige introduced the singer as a "little girl...

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Top Portfolio Products: Schwab, BlackRock Introduce New Funds

Schwab introduced a very low-cost line of target date funds; BlackRock added a social impact bond...

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Understanding an ETF

How ETFs differ from mutual funds or single...

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What Is An ETF? Hint: It’s Not A Mutual Fund

This article appeared first on The Stock Market Blueprint Blog. What is an ETF? ETFs are fast becoming one of, if not the most, popular investment instruments for both individual and institutional investors. After being introduced in the United States...

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Bespoke Brunch Reads: 8/28/16

Welcome to Bespoke Brunch Reads — a linkfest of the favorite things we read over the past week.  The links are mostly market related, but there are some other interesting subjects covered as well.  We hope you...

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A Superior Tax-Conscious Balanced Fund From Vanguard

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Bespoke Weekly Chart Book — 8/27/16

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The BESPOKE Report — 8/26/16

Below is an updated look at our asset class performance matrix using key ETFs traded on US exchanges.  For each ETF, we show its performance this past week, month-to-date, and year-to-date.  As one might be able to surmise, there really...

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New Orleans preps consultant search, taps Vanguard for passive international equity

New Orleans City Employees' Retirement System will launch a search for an investment consultant late next...

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Schwab's New Low-Cost Target Date Mutual Fund Built On ETFs

Schwab claims they are the lowest-cost target date mutual funds on the market. read...

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ETF Trends: Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities – 8/26/16

Natural gas continues to trend steadily higher, and we saw something of a bounce over the past week from peripheral countries like Italy and Spain. Bonds got a boost today following Janet Yellen’s 10:00 AM speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, while...

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State Street Tweaks SPDR Lineup

State Street Global Advisors on Friday said it will change the name and index for its SPDR Russell Small Cap Completeness ETF (RSCO). As of August 31, the fund will be renamed the SPDR S&P 1000 ETF (SMD) and will track the S&P 1000 Index. The...

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ETF Scorecard: August 26 Edition

To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. The weekly performance is from last Friday’s open to this week’s...

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Bespoke’s Sector Snapshot — 8/25/16

We’ve just released our weekly Sector Snapshot report (see a sample here) for Bespoke Premium and Bespoke Institutional members.  Please log-in here to view the report if you’re already a member.  If you’re not yet...

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ETF Deathwatch for August 2016: More than 40 Deaths

The 18 additions and 16 subtractions to ETF Deathwatch this month was nearly a wash, with 492 (383 ETFs and 109 ETNs) now on the list.  The previous record of 30 closures in a single month took place in October 2012, when Russell’s strategic...

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Schwab Rolls Out ETF-Based Target-Date Funds

The funds will cost retirement plan investors only 8 basis points, which could prompt other fund giants to cut fees even...

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Bespoke Short Interest Report – 8/25/16

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ETF Trends: International – 8/25/16

It’s an eclectic mix across the top of our best performers list with a variety of US cyclical sectors, commodities, and FX-related trades near the top. We note small caps have delivered a pretty strong performance, especially value-oriented...

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Charles Schwab fires latest salvo in low-cost TDF war

The firm's new target-date mutual funds beat out Fidelity and Vanguard funds in price by two basis...

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ETF Trends: US Sectors & Groups – 8/24/16

While broader Energy markets have taken a bit of a hit over the last few days, natural gas keeps ticking up. Biotech has also performed well, while gold continues to gt hit with miners especially suffering. In FX, GBP has performed well via the FXB ETF,...

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Position Sizing 101 for ETF Investors

Regardless of whether your investment horizon is measured in minutes, days or years, proper position sizing is a vital component of any money management strategy. This article will dive into the all-too-often overlooked subject of proper position...

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This Week’s ETF Launches: Portfolios Get Modern

Despite it being the dog days of summer, new exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to hit the tape, albeit at it a slower pace than the beginning of the year. This week, investors were treated to two new funds. Both of which offer interesting takes on...

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Bespoke CNBC Appearance (8/23/16)

Bespoke’s Paul Hickey appeared on CNBC’s “Fast Money” on Tuesday to discuss the recent performance of some hot IPOs and how it compares to some hot IPOs of the past. To see Tuesday’s segment, please...

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ETF Trends: Hedge – 8/23/16

Gold continues to underperform, while Mexico, Poland, and South Africa were among the worst performing ETFs we track this week. South Africa saw its currency, the rand, fall 3% in less than an hour this afternoon on headlines a minister had been taken...

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Bespoke Stock Scores: 8/23/16

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Vanguard Charitable Names New CFO

Kevin Cavanaugh most recently served as CFO and vice president of finance and administration at the Chemical Heritage...

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ETF providers scramble to put Aug. 24 'flash crash' in rearview mirror

One-year anniversary shows lots of effort to calm nerves, rebuild investor...

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After Vanguard gains $550-billion ETF lead, Fidelity makes 'rabbit out of the hat' play to regain ground

But even as Boston execs attempt magic, Vanguard makes almost simultaneous ETF move that requires no lagomorphs Ben Johnson: This latest filing is the last rabbit that you'd imagine they'd try to pull from the...

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5 Essential Elements of Modern Website Design Every Small Business Owner Should Know

Modern website design is a moving target, as designers and marketers constantly push to find better ways to display information and attract the attention and patronage of visitors. That said, in recent years the following elements have each come into...

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Bespoke Stock Seasonality – 8/22/16

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Beyoncé brings Blue Ivy as her date to the 2016 MTV VMAs along with a squad to rival Taylor Swift's

Beyoncé brings Blue Ivy as her date to the 2016 MTV VMAs along with a squad to rival Taylor Swift'sBeyoncé came to slay once again at the 2016 VMAs!The singer showed up relatively early to MTV's premiere award show on...   Read More >

Hurricane Gaston reforms in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Gaston reforms in Atlantic OceanA storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean strengthened into a hurricane on Saturday as a separate system threatened to dump rain on Florida, sparking fears about standing water amid a battle against Zika...   Read More >

2016 MTV VMAs: See all of the performances

2016 MTV VMAs: See all of the performancesSunday night's MTV Video Music Awards may have been a bit of a mess overall, but it was still full of epic performances from some of music's biggest names.Everyone from Beyoncé to Britney to...   Read More >

Yet Another Blockbuster Story About Hillary and the Clinton Foundation Turns Out To Be Nothing

When I picked up my copy of the LA Times this morning, I was greeted by the headline on the right. It's about someone you may have heard of: Gilbert Chagoury, a billionaire from Nigeria. Chagoury is a prominent example of the nexus between...   Read More >