What is an ETF?
ETF stands for Exchange Traded Fund. But what does that mean?
An ETF is like a mutual fund, in that it holds shares of dozens, hundreds, even thousands of common stocks and other investment securities. But while mutual funds can only be bought and sold once a day—at the close of the day—ETFs can be bought and sold throughout the trading day. This flexibility is good, though not critical.
ETFs also tend to have lower expenses than mutual funds, and this is one big reason for their growing popularity. It means investors get to keep more of their gains.
Furthermore, ETFs can be tailored to particular investment themes, like industry sectors, and that’s a very attractive feature for many investors.
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