Exchanges Traded Funds (“ETFs”) represent a basket of securities that are traded on an exchange. They are similar to index mutual funds but trade like a stock.
Similar to index funds ETFs track the performance of a particular index, such as the S & P 500 known as the “spider”, or different sectors, geographic regions, countries and investment styles. Other ETFs track different sectors of the bond market as well as different commodities.
Advantages of ETFs include:
- Lower expenses than traditional funds
- More tax-efficient than mutual funds
- Can be bought / sold throughout trading day
Because of the expenses of commissions, ETFs may not be appropriate for small investments, including monthly systematic programs, and some non-taxable accounts.
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Equity-based exchange traded funds are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, fixed income-based ETFs are subject to risks similar to those of bonds. Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Foreign investments have unique and greater risks than domestic investments. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Exchange traded funds are offered with a prospectus. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks and charges and expenses of the investment company carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the investment company. You can obtain a prospectus from your financial representative. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.