The 7 Best ETFs for Retirees in 2017

Exchange-traded funds are inexpensive, first-class investments.

Investors are flocking to exchange-traded funds—and why shouldn’t they? ETFs are almost always cheaper than ordinary mutual funds, which, on average, trail their benchmarks by their expense ratios. ETF providers keep slashing prices as they battle for market share. ETFs offer a huge variety of investment strategies. And they’re easy to use: You just buy and sell them as you do stocks.

You can easily build a complete portfolio with ETFs. Or you can choose some ETFs and some conventional mutual funds. Most ETFs are still index funds, but a growing number of ETFs carve out specialized market niches by tracking unusual, sometimes custom-made, indexes.

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist,
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or