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Exchange-traded fund (ETF) investing is still more popular than ever, with record-breaking levels of cashing pouring into these investments.
In March, assets of ETFs and ETPs (exchange-traded products) in the United States reached a new record high of $1.73 trillion. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, ETFs/ETPs in the United States gathered net inflows of $15 billion, with 1,568 ETFs/ETPs listed from 57 providers on three exchanges.
Driving ETFs' popularity as an investment tool is lower management fees, tax, and structuring advantages when compared to other investment vehicles like mutual funds.
Because of the wealth of advantages that ETFs provide, our experts recently offered insight into three different options for ETF investing - and each pick has unique upside given current economic conditions.
ETF Investing Pick No. 1: Going Big on Alibaba
For the last few months, we've spent a lot of time talking about the blockbuster potential of Alibaba's initial public offering (IPO). Alibaba is the largest e-commerce company in China, and its revenues dwarf many of the top U.S. technology companies... combined.
Yesterday (Tuesday), Alibaba finally filed. The document officially lists the IPO as a $1 billion deal, but that number is just a placeholder. Most analysts expect Alibaba to raise more than $15 billion through the IPO, and some optimistic views have that number closer to $20 billion. Either way, the Alibaba IPO will be the biggest U.S. IPO since Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) $16 billion deal in 2012.
And that's not the only big news.
Alibaba is soaring. The company just reported a 305% increase in revenues year over year - and Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald thinks it still has a lot of room to grow. In fact, he told FOX Business on Tuesday that the company could potentially buy Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) not long after this IPO happens.
"I know this sounds outrageous, but, you know what, if I were Alibaba I'd be thinking the same thing," Fitz-Gerald said. "They are going to be flush with cash, and they want access to the U.S. market."
So, how can you get a piece of this IPO, without having to pay an inflated price when it begins trading?
About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.