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Best ETFs for Long-Term Investors

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  • (1:00) - What Is The Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds?
  • (8:30) - The Heart Beat  Trade: What Exactly Is It?
  • (15:00) - The Importance Of Due Diligence With ETF Investing
  • (27:45) -  Understanding The Liquidity Of An ETF
  • (31:50) - Top Picks For Long Term Investing
  • (38:15) - Which New ETFs Should Investors Keep On The Radar


In this episode of ETF Spotlight, I speak with Elisabeth Kashner, Director of Global Fund Analytics at FactSet, about ETF due diligence and best ETFs for long-term investing.

2020 was a great year for ETFs, with inflows exceeding $500 billion, while mutual funds lost about $362 billion, per Bloomberg data. Investors prefer ETFs now as they are generally more tax efficient, cheaper and easier to trade.

Some fund providers have started converting their mutual funds into ETFs. We discuss the why ETFs are so tax efficient and ETF due diligence.

Elisabeth’s favorite ETFs for long term investing are Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI - Free Report) , Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS - Free Report) , Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT - Free Report) , iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG - Free Report) and Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX - Free Report) .

The Invesco QQQ ETF (QQQ - Free Report) and its cheaper version Invesco NASDAQ 100 ETF (QQQM - Free Report) hold many highly innovative companies. Apple (AAPL - Free Report) , Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) , Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) and Tesla (TSLA - Free Report) are the top holdings in these funds. I believe they also deserve a place in the portfolio.

Cathie Wood’s new ARK Space Exploration & Innovation ETF ARKX ARKX is on track to be one of the most successful ETF launches ever as it gathered more than $500 million within a week of its debut. Investors have poured more than $300 million into the VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF (BUZZ - Free Report) , which was promoted by Dave Portnoy. Should investors consider these “hot” new ETFs?

Tune into the podcast to learn more. Make sure to be on the lookout for the next edition of ETF Spotlight! If you have any comments or questions, please email

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