Exchange-traded funds offer a convenient way to invest in sectors or niches that interest you. If you'd like to add some consistently growing companies to your stock portfolio (perhaps to help you sleep better at night), the Russell Consistent Growth ETF
ETFs often sport lower expense ratios than their mutual fund cousins. The Russell ETF's expense ratio -- its annual fee -- is a relatively low 0.37%.
This ETF is too young to have a sufficient track record to assess. As with most investments, of course, we can't expect outstanding performances in every quarter or year. Investors with conviction need to wait for their holdings to deliver. The fund is small, too, so if you're thinking of buying, beware of occasionally large spreads between its bid and ask prices. Consider using a limit order if you want to buy in.
What's in it?
Plenty of consistent growers had strong performances over the past year. One of the most impressive is Apple
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Other companies didn't do as well last year, but could see their fortunes change in the coming years. Construction equipment giant Caterpillar
Energy giant Schlumberger
The big picture
A well-chosen ETF can grant you instant diversification across any industry or group of companies -- and make investing in and profiting from it that much easier.