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


Are Vanguard’s IT Systems At The Breaking Point? by Allan Roth

“Clients can get the best of both worlds by buying Vanguard ETFs at firms like Fidelity and Schwab.”


Investors Who Shorted Russia ETFs Are Now Stuck Paying Never-Ending Fees by Elaine Chen

“S3 Partners estimates short sellers of Russia-focused exchange-traded funds have paid around $2.6 million in borrow fees since the products were halted in early March.”


Debate: Should Congress End ETFs’ Preferential Tax Treatment? by Robert Bloink & William H. Byrnes

“If the proposal passes, it means that people who make long-term ETF investments are going to start generating annual tax liability every year.”


Rise in thematic ETFs comes with high fees, more risk, study says by Diana Li

“Higher fees, higher tracking errors, lower liquidity and lower diversification made thematic ETFs riskier investments, the study shows.”


Alternative ETFs Call For More Guidance by Jessica Ferringer

“Here more than in any other category, investors need to do their homework to understand what is inside the ETF and what will drive performance of the holdings.”


Why Geared ETFs Aren’t For Everyone by Sumit Roy

“It’s the longer-term holders, who often don’t know how these products work, who end up disappointed or devastated.”


You Cannot Spell VettaFi Without E-T-F by Todd Rosenbluth

“Effective this week, many of the ETF-related brands that advisors respect are under a new company: VettaFi.”


ETF Tweet of the Week:  An ETF that has LONG been debated and contemplated is finally launching… the NightShares 500 ETF.  Despite research showing that trading costs overwhelm any outperformance, this ETF will buy the S&P 500 at the market close each day and sell it at the open the following morning.


ETF Chart of the Week:  When market volatility rises, ETF trading tends to increase as well.

Source:  iShares’ Gargi Chaudhuri


Last Week’s ETF Buzz