Your Complete Bank ETF Guide — The Motley Fool

Buying banks via an ETF is more difficult than you might think. Many ETFs simply bundle bank stocks in the larger “financials” category, which includes insurance companies, real estate operators, and private equity stocks. And many ETFs put so much of their assets under management into the big four banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and JPMorgan — that they only give you modest or no real exposure to much smaller regional and community banks that, albeit small, are still a very important part of the banking industry.…

Are Algorithms Ruling Our Investment Choices?

Are Algorithms Ruling Our Investment Choices?

Dec. 6: It has undoubtedly been a Grinchy 11 weeks since the S&P 500 peaked at a record high on Sept. 20. Uncertainty about trade wars, interest rates, and corporate earnings have combined to cause lots of sideways volatility this year. And yet, with two record highs set this year, the S&P 500 is basically flat for the year at this point. Both record highs were followed by 10.2% corrections. Given the abundance of negativity baked into stock prices after Tuesday’s rout (on Dec. 4), the holiday spirit has moved…