Unformatted text preview: Why Exchange Traded Funds? Why Exchange Traded Funds? by ETFZone staff Exchange-Traded Funds, or ETFs, are index funds that trade just like stocks on major stock exchanges. Want to invest in the market quickly and cheaply? ETFs are the most practical vehicle. They help the investor focus on what is most important, choice of asset classes. All the major stock indexes have ETFs based on them, including: • Dow Jones Industrial Average • Standard & Poor's 500 Index • Nasdaq Composite There are ETFs for large US companies, small ones, real estate investment trusts, international stocks, bonds, and even gold. Pick an asset class that is publicly available and there is a good bet that it is represented by an ETF or will be soon. ETFs differ fundamentally from traditional mutual funds, which do not trade midday. Traditional mutual funds take orders during Wall Street trading hours, but the transactions actually occur at the close of the market. The price they receive is the sum of the closing day prices of all the stocks hours, but the transactions actually occur at the close of the market....
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- Spring '07
- Index fund, Exchange-traded fund, Stock market index, ETFs