So if you're an index-fund investor — or, to your peril, someone who invests in actively managed mutual funds or, even more perilous, picks their own stocks — consider the benefits of carefully chosen ETFs. There are good reasons why millions of investors have been buying them in recent years.
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Laura Mattia is a partner with Baron Financial Group, and a fee-only financial advisor. She's a Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP®), a Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®) and a Certified Divorce Planner (CDFA™) and holds an M.B.A. in accounting/finance. Her Internet radio show is Financially Empowering Women™ with Laura Mattia. A professor at the Rutgers University Business School, Mattia is completing a Ph.D. in financial planning from Texas Tech University; her dissertation is on how to help women plan for retirement.