SPDR Portfolio Total Stock Market ETF (SPTM, $34.84)
What it is: This ETF tracks the performance of the total US stock market. Think of the performance of the NASDAQ, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Russell 2000, and S&P500 all being grouped into one. If the total US stock market returns 10% for the year, so too will this ETF. If the total US stock market declines 10% for the year, then this ETF will decline 10% for the year also.
Why we like it: Studies show that in trying to beat the market most investors fail miserably and end up underperforming. SPTM ensures that we will achieve the market rate of return. That is very appealing considering the total US market has gone up 10% annually the last 5 years, and 17% the last 10.
Schwab US Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG, $77.72)
What it is: This ETF owns the largest and fastest growing companies in the world such as Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and over 400 other fast growing companies. While a majority of the stocks are in the tech sector, the ETF owns shares in other fast-growing industries like biotechnology and aerospace.
Why we like it: Some of the best stocks in the world like Amazon (AMZN) and Boeing (BA) are in this ETF. Instead of having to pay $1,600 for 1 share of AMZN or $400 for 1 share of BA, we can buy 25 shares of SCHG for that same amount. SCHG gives us a great way to invest in some of our favorite stocks for the long-term at an affordable price.
SPDR Portfolio Emerging Markets ETF (SPEM, $35.62)
What it is: This ETF owns stocks in emerging markets like China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and other lesser developed countries. These markets are considered higher risk than developed markets like the US and Europe. In SPEM you will find some of the largest non-US companies in the world like Alibaba and Tencent.
Why we like it: SPEM offers a convenient way to gain exposure to up and coming markets. While these markets are riskier than their US counterpart, they also offer potentially greater rewards. Emerging markets have not been overwhelmingly embraced by investors which means there is room for investor sentiment to improve towards the space. If it does, those who were willing to take the risk early on stand to benefit.
These are just 3 ETF’s we like right now out of over 1000 choices. When it comes to choosing the right ETF for you, it’s important to understand what you’re buying, and why. If you think you’ve found a good ETF to buy, we recommend running it through an ETF scanner website like ETF.COM where you can learn more about what the fund owns and the risks involved. If you’d like us to review a particular ETF or other investment for you, we’re happy to offer you our insight at no charge. Just give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll reach out to you.