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Exchange-Traded Funds offer the best of two well-known assets:-
Ever heard of DOW Jones? NASDAQ or S&P 500?
An ETF basically tracks these well-known groups of securities. In fact, one of the oldest surviving ETFs is called “SPDR S&P 500″ (The Spider) which tracks the S&P 500.
This curated selection of securities are then traded on an exchange, like a stock. This is why ETFs are said to offer the best of mutual funds and equities!
Exchange-traded funds are one of the most important and valuable products created for individual investors. If used wisely, ETFs are an excellent vehicle to achieve an investor’s investment goals.
ETFs give investors the mobility to move in and out of markets quickly with the hope of catching shorter term swings, much like a hedge fund.
Local investors can make a natural step up from mutual funds to ETFs. An ETF operates similar to a mutual fund but the key is that ETFs trade on an exchange.
It’s a great idea to have a chat with your investment advisor about ETFs if you are ready to access greater investment opportunities locally and abroad.
While cheaper than mutual funds, ETFs are not free. ETFs are traded on an exchange and the broker that facilitates the trade will charge a fee. If an investor buys small amounts of shares on a continuous basis, these fees will add up.
While ETFs offer a diversified portfolio, its diversity alone cannot prevent volatility in the market. It is key to research the market and the assets included. An ETF that tracks a broad market index such as the S&P 500 is likely to be less volatile than an ETF that tracks a specific industry, such as oil or gold.
Economic and social instability will also play a huge role in determining the success of any ETF that invests in a particular country or region. Don’t be coerced into assuming that because some ETFs offer ‘low’ volatility, all ETFs are likewise the same.
ETFs can be used to gain exposure to virtually any market or industry in the world!
Alternative assets, such as gold, commodities, or emerging stock markets can also be added to your ETF portfolio.
Interested in investing in sustainable energy? iShares S&P Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN). What about the airline industry? U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) What about Gold? VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)
Get the best advice from your Relationship Manager on ETFs. At Firstline, we give our clients the option to invest using stock index and bond ETFs. Investing is a personal journey, so we tailor each client’s asset allocation to fit their investment goals and risk tolerance.
The greatest benefit of ETFs is the flexibility it affords investors; the world of securities, commodities and bonds are at your feet! You can be any kind of investor that you want to be.
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