On our most recent radio broadcast, we talked ETFs in 401(k)s and 401(k) rollovers. With more investors realizing the potential benefits Exchange Traded Funds can offer - things like lower costs, transparency, and diversification - they're naturally asking the question of "when will ETFs be available in my 401(k)"? 401(k) plans have traditionally been dominated by mutual funds and in particular, actively managed mutual funds. The good news is that ETFs are making significant inroads into 401(k) plans and there are a number of ETF-focused 401(k) platforms available, several of which we offer at The ETF Store. If you want to know why we think a low-cost ETF platform offered through a Registered Investment Advisor is a good way to go, we encourage you to watch the PBS documentary "The Retirement Gamble". If you have a 401(k) account sitting with an old employer, you can begin taking advantage of ETFs immediately through a 401(k) rollover.
In our weekly market update, we discussed whether you should fret over this week's government shutdown and we also addressed the upcoming debt ceiling debate. While these events certainly bear watching, we believe investors would be wise to stay focused on their longer-term investment goals. As we explained during the flare-up in Syria, it's critical not to overreact to the headlines of the day and you should also consider how the markets have fared historically in these types of situations. In our ETF spotlight segment, we highlighted the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (ticker XLK). If you're currently selecting individual stocks from a particular sector, ETFs such as XLK can be an easy and low cost way to diversify your sector exposure. Sector ETFs also offer an efficient way to overweight a particular sector within your portfolio. Learn more about XLK and other sector ETFs by visiting etfbuzz.com.