One of the best tools as investor if you want the maximum degree of independence from banks are the ETF’s.
Somewhere halfway between stocks and funds, it can be used as instrument to speculate, or to build a cheap long term investment strategy.
Here few links to understand and use it wisely
Clarified what Etf’s are, before start buying or selling it, a “must” to know differences between similar etf’s, and some basic things about it is “101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn” from the ETFDatabase website.
ETF database has a section with hundreds of articles, search and comparison tools, and detailed information of all existing ETFs. Some sections are for payment, but it is possible to sign up for free in a test for 15 days to see specific things or to evaluate the web
The collection of free articles on Dividend ETFs are also very useful if you are interested on it.
Etf’s guide, news, studies and inflows and outflows of money per Etf, can be found on the ETF.com website.
(and the “Guide to etf’s” section is really very useful).
One of the characteristics/advantatges using Etf’s is that tracking indexes, we can select to operate in any industry, sector, country,… what we want.
So, if you are looking for specific quotes or if the market is generally going up (in green) or down (In red) at a glance, there is a website not specifically oriented to etf’s, but that offers maps by country, sectors, and also the set of ETf’s like the one presented here below, being able to select if we want to see the performance at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, … etc. Classify them by ratios, by benefits, … in short a delight to play for a while. (FINVIZ.com)
Speaking about expert opinion on how to build more or less personalized and balanced portfolios, we can find interesting things in practically all the webs mentioned above, but to go deeper, my compromise to prepare a specific post “ETF’s: Portfolios” in a week aprox.
For now, and to avoid a waste of time until then, some books I love about ETF’s. Sure there are many more, and maybe better, but these are quite complementary and I found them useful when I read them.
“It help you create a fund that can take advantage of both bullish and bearish conditions worldwide.”