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My favorite ETF reads over the past week, along with my ETF tweet and chart of the week!


Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Hits the Trillion Dollar Milestone by David Carey

“Noteworthy among these milestones are fee cuts on the original share class (VTSMX), the introduction of Admiral shares in 2000 (VTSAX), and the ETF share class (VTI) in 2001.”


DFA, a Cult Favorite of Financial Advisors, Finally Opened Its Funds to Everyday Investors by Chris Taylor

“Kind of like Willy Wonka throwing open the factory doors, Dimensional has rolled out its first exchange-traded funds.”


Here’s how trendy ETFs can do double-duty in your portfolio by Andrea Riquier

“There’s no border for great companies. There’s no border for great ideas or themes. A compelling investment theme makes sense globally.”


ETFs Again Proved Their Worth to Taxable Investors in 2020 by Ben Johnson

“Exchange-traded funds aren’t impervious to distributing capital gains, but most have avoided them, giving them a leg up over mutual funds in a taxable setting.”


Another Bitcoin Backdoor Opens by Drew Voros

“Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for the SEC.”


BlackRock revamps style ETFs with retail investors in mind by Jackie Noblett

“The move to a new family of more diversified benchmarks from the low-cost index provider could portend a new front in the ETF fee war.”


Mutual Funds Bleed $469 Billion as ETFs Triumph in Zero-Sum 2020 by Katherine Greifeld

“The direction of travel is very clearly towards the ETF format because it’s more cost efficient, more tax efficient, more easily accessible for a larger number of investors than mutual funds ever can be.”


When the Robinhood Crowd Buys for the Long Haul by Julia Carpenter

“I can diversify so easily with just $5 at a time. By using ETFs, I had diversification.”


ETF Tweet of the Week:  Oh, look, another crypto product trading at a massive premium and available to retail investors.  It’s long past time for a bitcoin ETF…


ETF Chart of the Week:  The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index recently became the world’s first $1 trillion fund.  VTI, the fund’s ETF share class, launched in 2001 and is currently the third largest ETF.



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