I’m Keith DeGreen and this is your Investors Minute

Most exchange-traded funds in the nearly $2 trillion ETF market track indexes such as the S&P 500. Some actively-managed ETFs, in which a manager or team makes decisions about asset allocation, have gotten the green light from the SEC.

But are these a good idea?

Much of the growth in ETFs has come at the expense of traditional under- performing mutual funds managed by stock or bond pickers. Through the first nine months of this year, traditional U.S. mutual funds that invest in developed countries took in $53 billion in assets — a figure dwarfed by the
$127 billion that flowed into passive ETFs.

An actively-managed ETF is nothing more than a mutual fund in a different wrapper. They are typically more expensive than traditional ETFs, and are also typically no more effective.

My advice? Beware and avoid!

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