Around five years ago, I began a journey to get a better handle on my finances. At the time, my wife and I had little to no debt but were not really maximizing the potential for savings on what we had either. We weren’t silly spenders, per se. However, a lot of our extra income would go towards immediate gratification instead of building towards the future.
If you were to ask me about saving money and how I went about doing that, I would tell you that I had a savings account at my local bank. And, that was it. Of course, if you have paid much attention to your future finances at all, you will quickly notice that a savings account at your local bank does very little in the way of interest (no offense intended to any readers who currently work for banks). While you do realize some gains with a savings account. Those gains are nothing compared to what you would receive with some intelligent investing.
So, I began dabbling with the stock market.
I have written a handful of articles, in the last two or three years in regards to investing.
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My primary means for putting into the market is through Betterment and have found it to be incredibly user-friendly and reliable. Doing so has allowed me to begin putting back money for my kid’s education as well as my retirement. Today, I want to dive back into that conversation with an article that I recently read on Money.com. In the article, Ian Salisbury and Sergei Klebnikov take a look at 50 ETF’s that you could invest in over the next year that looks to give you the best return.
Finding the right exchange-traded fund isn’t easy.
ETFs, mutual funds that trade throughout the day like a stock, can be a convenient investing tool. But there are thousands to choose from. More than 150 new ETFs appeared in 2018 alone. To help you, we pared this vast universe down to a more manageable set of choices, our MONEY 50 list of recommended exchange-traded funds.
What follows is our list of recommended ETFs, broken out into three groupings: “building-block ETFs” for the core of your portfolio, offering you broad exposure to stocks and bonds; “custom ETFs” to help you tilt toward specific strategies, such as value or dividend investing; and “one-decision ETFs,” which are single funds offering you exposure to both equities and fixed income.
These exchange-traded funds expose you to broad swaths of the stock and bond markets and should be used to construct the core part of your portfolio that you’ll hold for years. Because you’re simply seeking basic exposure, low-cost index funds are your best bet here.
Don’t want to put together a portfolio on your own? Then use one of these professionally managed ETFs that hold a diversified mix of stocks and bonds.
Supplement your core holdings with these funds to diversify more broadly and to tilt toward certain types of stocks and bonds.
NOTES: ¹Net prospectus expense ratios were used. ²Total return figures are as of Oct. 31. ³Five-year returns are annualized. N.A.: Not available or not applicable.
SOURCES: Lipper, Morningstar, and fund companies
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