We welcome Dave Nadig onto the show, who joins us off the back of a brilliant presentation he gave at the Wealth Stack conference last month in Scottsdale. Dave is the founder of etf.com and has had key positions at FactSet, Barclays Global Investors, and Cerulli previously.

Dave sits down to talk about the difference between ETFs and mutual funds, EFT product saturation, the coming of Direct Indexing and well as non-transparent active funds, and risk probabilities in different asset security options such as gold and stocks. He also debunks the myth that ETFs lead to a pricing bubble, highlighting 401(k)s as part of what might be creating this illusion of top-heaviness.

He also has a brilliant perspective on trusting the junk bond through a seeming disconnect, which is really one of timing that actually creates opportunities for price discovery. Dave also spends some time on the subject of his belief that the science of investing is largely figured out. He believes therefore that human behavior and decision making through a lifetime investment path is far more mysterious, and highlights the need for good financial advisors in this respect. Join us to take a deep dive into the world of ETFs with Dave!

Key Points From This Episode:

Dave’s perspectives on content and education in improving investor outcomes. [0:01:58.2]
ETFs as a vehicle for trading multiple stocks, or wrappers for holding securities. [0:03:36.9]
Authorized participants are what makes ETFs different from mutual funds. [0:04:46.1]
Why the timing disconnect in junk bonds creates a vector for price discovery. [0:09:33.0]
Why 401(k)s have caused the belief that ETFs are causing a price bubble. [0:25:50.0]
How we have figured out investing but not financial advising. [0:14:40.8]
Different ETFs benefit the market by suiting different investor classes. [0:17:49.6]
The relationship between ETF indexes and material yields. [0:19:38.6]
ETF value systems and the benefit of sticking to one index provider. [0:22:49.4]
A slowing in ETF spreads and the coming of non-transparent active funds. [0:26:02.2]
The evolution towards, and benefits of, direct indexing. [0:29:21.3]
ETF as the most robust security short of stashing physical gold. [0:34:16.6]
The value of financial advisors to investors who are more trustworthy nowadays. [0:38:10.2]
Hourly financial advice rates work for those who don’t need advice long term. [0:41:07.2]
The benefits of the AUM model as long as it is made transparent. [0:43:45.9]
Charging for advice fees separately stops clients from asking for advice. [0:45:09.3]

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