More Star Power for the Kiplinger ETF 20

We spotlight new cast members in the list of our 20 favorite exchange-traded funds.

To borrow a line from a song in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel, exchange-traded funds are bustin’ out all over. These low-cost funds are playing a bigger role in portfolios than ever before. ETFs make up one-third of investors’ portfolios, according to a recent Charles Schwab study, up from 20% three years ago. Part of the draw is that ETFs are an attractive blend of mutual funds and stocks. Like mutual funds, they hold baskets of assets, but like stocks, they trade nimbly. More than two-thirds of investors say ETFs are their investment vehicle of choice. And nearly one-third say that they have replaced all individual securities in their portfolios with ETFs.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.