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Five ETFs for serious long-term investors

We in the financial media talk a lot about stocks, as there is a lot of interest in stocks, but it is worth remembering that most serious, long-term investors have the bulk of their money in funds. Due to the convenience of investing in exchange traded funds, or ETFs, as well as the enormous range of ETFs available today, there is little reason to look backwards toward the old style of mutual funds. It occurs to me that some young investors may not even know what I’m talking about, and frankly, there’s no reason why they should.

Here are a few ETFs which I would describe as serious, in that each would be a sensible place to park a portion of your real wealth. The broadest based could reasonably hold a quarter of your overall portfolio, though I wouldn’t put more than 15% of your portfolio into sector funds. In all cases, these are not funds for surfing, but funds to park money in and leave it alone for many years at a time.

As always, remember to treat these ideas as just that, ideas, and do your own research before investing.

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Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.