Invest better: 15 new ETFs with expenses so tiny you need a microscope to see them!

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Another financial services firm is ready to give the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard a run for their money in the battle for exchange-traded fund (ETF) supremacy.

State Street Global Advisors is rolling out a new slate of low-cost ETFs with expense ratios so small that they’d be easy to overlook!

RELATED: Check out more than a dozen commission-free ETFs from Charles Schwab

The ETF battle heats up…

First, let’s take a step back.

If you’re not familiar with ETFs, they are a type of investment that combines the best of the worlds of stocks and index/mutual funds.

ETFs are sold by the share like stocks, but they offer you ownership of tiny slices and dices of hundreds or thousands of companies like an index fund would — instead of you owning just a single company.

But they’re even better than index funds when it comes to management fees. Most ETFs have expenses that are just a fraction of what you’d pay for a typical index fund.

On October 16, State Street cut the pricing on ETFs drastically, dropping expense ratios down to a range of 0.03% to 0.11%.

At 0.03%, on the low-end of that range, only three cents out of every $100 you have invested gets diverted toward expenses. Everything else achieves its intended purpose — building your financial future and working for you!

Here’s a complete rundown of State Street’s new ETF pricing:

State Street ETFs price chart

As if news of lower fees weren’t good enough, here’s more cause for celebration…

TD Ameritrade is now offering the 15 ETFs listed above from State Street for purchase with no commissions on its ETF Market Center.

So now there’s essentially zero cost to investing. There are no commissions going in or out of these ETFs. And the fees for managing the money are incredibly low.

Remember, we’re talking three one hundredths of one percent per year here!

Yet, at the same time, it’s entirely possible to pay a full commission brokerage 1.5% or so — plus additional commissions both in and out — to invest. It’s like the investment market has completely split into low and high cost arenas.

That why it’s imperative that you invest with discount firms.

If you’re confused by investing, money expert Clark Howard recommends hiring a fee-only financial planner to build a plan for you for a flat fee. You can rest assured they won’t steer you toward any investments that pad their pockets.

If you prefer doing things online rather than sitting down with someone, try robo-advisors like Betterment or WealthFront and have them build you a portfolio at ultra-low cost.

Remember, every extra penny that you can save on fees can be used to build your retirement nest egg!

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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