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How bond ETFs work

The ETF market has traditionally been dominated by equity ETFs. But bond ETFs are rapidly gaining traction [1]. Bond ETFs are the best option for retail investors to invest in bonds. How do bond ETFs work? What do you have to know before investing in bond ETFs? Let’s find out. Before you begin… Make sure…Continue readingHow bond ETFs work

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Your first ETF purchase

Are you ready to begin your investing journey? This entry is a step-by-step guide on how to buy your first ETF. You’ll learn how to avoid common pitfalls new investors face. You’ll also find out about best practices for every subsequent purchase. Before you begin… Many uninitiated investors make the mistake of jumping too fast…Continue readingYour first ETF purchase

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Investing in Swiss securities

You live in Switzerland, so it sounds natural to invest in Swiss securities. What is there to know before investing in Swiss securities? And how much should you invest anyways? Does it make sense to invest only in Swiss securities? Image courtesy of swiss-group.com An overview of Swiss securities SIX indices provide a very good…Continue readingInvesting in Swiss securities

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Why to stay away from Swiss brokers

Whether you’re new to investing or already have some experience under your belt, critically assessing your choice of broker is always important. Different brokers have different fee structures, provide access to different financial products, and come along with different tax implications. Are Swiss brokers a good choice? What are other options? Let’s find out. Stay…Continue readingWhy to stay away from Swiss brokers

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Choosing your ETF funds

Is your investment strategy clear? Do you have a long investment horizon? Are you confident that you have the risk tolerance to invest in equities? If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re ready to choose your equity ETF funds. This entry aims to help you find the right ones. Before you start This…Continue readingChoosing your ETF funds

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Accumulating vs distributing ETFs

An efficient ETF portfolio will help you build net worth faster. There are many attributes to look at when choosing an ETF. Examples are tracking index, TER, fund size, bid-ask spread, domicile and legal aspects (e.g. UCITS). This entry focuses on yet another important consideration: the choice of accumulating vs distributing ETFs. Accumulating vs distributing…Continue readingAccumulating vs distributing ETFs

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FX exposure and currency-hedged ETFs

More than half of the world’s equity market is American [1]. This makes it very common to invest in funds holding American companies. These companies trade in USD. Most earn revenues in multiple currencies: USD, JPY, EUR, CNY etc. On top of that, the fund itself may trade in CHF or EUR. How does it…Continue readingFX exposure and currency-hedged ETFs

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Why invest in US domiciled ETFs

For most Swiss investors, it’s best to invest in US domiciled ETFs. At least to invest in equities. This entry will try to convince you of this statement. We’ll see why US domiciled funds are arguably a better alternative than Irish, Luxembourgish or Swiss counterparts. Five arguments for US domiciled ETFs Broadly speaking, there are…Continue readingWhy invest in US domiciled ETFs

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The impact of TER and taxes on long term returns

One of the biggest realizations that I had when I first started my investing journey is the huge impact that small changes have over the long run. I don’t think I’m alone on this one. The compounding effect (or how things ‘stack up over time’) is counter-intuitive and relatively easy to underestimate. In this entry…Continue readingThe impact of TER and taxes on long term returns

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Tax optimization for your ETF portfolio

Optimizing taxes for your ETF portfolio makes a difference. If you have a long investment horizon and invest heavily in ETFs, this entry is a must-read. The higher the share of your net worth ETFs represent, the more important tax optimization becomes. In fact, optimizing your ETF portfolio could be your biggest tax lever to…Continue readingTax optimization for your ETF portfolio