101 ETF Investing Tips (12/15)

The article below includes investing tips from ETF PM in numbers 4, 20, and 82.

ETF PM has long positions in AMZN, QQQ, and TSLA.

101 ETF Investing Tips from the Experts

Jimmy Atkinson and Michael Johnston, 12/1/15

The editorial team at ETF Reference surveyed 57 ETF investing experts in search of the best tips for exchange-traded fund investors. The response we received was incredible. Our panel sent us hundreds of amazing tips! We winnowed that list down to 101, which are presented below. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran ETF investor, there are likely dozens of valuable tips in here for you.

Tips for First-Time Investors Building a Long-Term Portfolio

We asked our panel, “What is the one piece of advice you’d give to an investor just starting to build a long-term portfolio?”

4. Allocate your age as your percentage in fixed income, via leading treasury bond ETFs, with the balance in Vanguard or Schwab risk asset index ETFs for global equity and REITs.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

We asked our panel, “What is one mistake you see investors make over and over?”

20. Investors often get emotional about random short-term performance swings. One-year and three-year trailing investment returns are too random to be used for making long-term decisions. Even 10-year returns can be misleading at times. Investors should focus on efficient passive diversification, such as the Investable Benchmarks, in addition to tactical trend following.

Over a 20-Year Time Horizon, I’m Bullish On …

82. The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), and Tesla (TSLA) because of their respective leadership positions in technology and innovation.

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