A guide to exchange-traded funds (ETF)

Understand how ETFs work and why you should invest in them

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become one of the most important assets for individual investors. At Moneyfarm, we use ETFs when building our portfolios, helping our investors reach their ultimate goals.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your investment journey, or are simply curious about ETFs, this is a great place for you to learn about some of the basics.

In this essential guide to ETFs, you’ll find a series of articles introducing you to some of their key characteristics and related concepts.

  • Investing in an ETF

    Now that you know what ETFs are and how they work, let’s take a look at what investing in them really means. Here, we take a look at the effect of ETFs on a portfolio, as well as what you can do to include them in yours.

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  • What is a fund?

    An investment fund can help take some of the pressure off investors and provide them with a diversified portfolio that’s built and managed by a team of experts. Let’s take a look at what this means.

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  • What is tracking error?

    Tracking error’ is a term you’ll hear a lot when you invest in ETFs. Here we take a look at what it means and why investors rely on it when evaluating their investment portfolios.

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  • Bond ETFs: What they are and how they work

    Here, we explore a specific type of ETF: bond ETFs. We take a look at what they are, their benefits and drawbacks, and how they differ to regular bonds. We’ve also included some of the best instruments listed on the stock exchange.

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  • Physical vs synthetic ETFs

    Now that you’re ready to start investing in ETFs, you’ll want to know the different types. Here, we outline the main differences between physical and synthetic ETFs and give you an overview of the main benefits associated with each.

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  • ETFs or traditional tracker funds?

    ETFs are different to typical passive tracker funds. Here, we take a look at what their main differences are, and what you should consider when choosing which one to invest in.

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