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Edward Flores
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Feb 19, 2021
Building a Portfolio from Scratch? Consider ETFs

Building a Portfolio from Scratch? Consider ETFs

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have truly revolutionized the concept of diversification, and they have fundamentally changed the way people invest. Investors can now seek-out different markets, sectors, regions, and/or asset classes that interest you.

ETFs for investing are like apps for your phone. Do you want to invest in only green energy companies? There’s an ETF for that. Are you looking for an ETF that invests in only Israeli stocks? There’s an ETF for that. Do you want an ETF that targets global real estate? There’s an ETF for that too.

The categories and ETF options are so expansive that there are currently more than 1,700 available to choose from, and the number keeps rising. The ETFs can be narrowly focused on a particular region, commodity, style, or can be expansive like investing in an entire market, like the S&P 500. In fact, for many investors, simply buying an S&P 500 ETF (ticker: SPY) and calling it a day is all they’ll ever need.

ETFs can give new investors a benefit because they are generally cost effective (low annual fee) and represent a category, which means investors can obtain instant diversification (assuming you invest in a broad market or multiple categories).

That being said, for new investors or those building a portfolio from scratch, choosing from the extensive menu of ETFs can be somewhat daunting. A good place to start is by answering some questions that inform who you are as an investor:

  • What are your investment objectives?
  • How do you feel about risk?
  • How long will you be investing for?
  • Do you have any particular interests when it comes to investing? I.e., are there certain opportunities or regions or asset classes you’re interested in?
  • How much do you plan on investing?

Those questions are all good primers for narrowing your options and figuring out which ETF(s) could make sense for your situation.

Next would be to search and filter the ETFs. Using the iShares website is helpful to poke around on all the options, and Vanguard and Schwab also offer good selections of ETFs. TD Ameritrade also has a tool that allows you to search for and filter ETFs by different criteria, like performance, sector, fund family, market cap, ratings, portfolio holdings, and so on. They also have more than 300 ETFs that you can trade commission-free.

Want to Use Algorithms to Get Investment Ideas? Tickeron has Artificial Intelligence for That

Want to invest and/or diversify your portfolio but unsure where to start? Artificial Intelligence can help! Tickeron has developed user-friendly Artificial Intelligence tools to help new and experienced investors generate investment ideas. Tickeron’s A.I. is capable of evaluating a portfolio and providing a “Diversification Score,” to tell the user how well-diversified their portfolio is. It can also generate investment ideas for a user’s 401(k) plan – even if you’re just getting started! The A.I. will give you ideas based on your risk tolerance, investment objectives, and the investment options available.

Tickeron’s new financial website is available to beginners, intermediate investors, and even experts and advisors. Explore tickeron.com today.

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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
published in Blogs
Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
published in Blogs
Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
published in Blogs
May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.