Investing does not have to be intimidating or scary.
We help you navigate the basics of ETF investing, what's happening in the markets and more.
What is an ETF?
An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a low-cost investment fund that tracks the performance of a chosen index - whether the trend is rising or falling - by investing in a basket of stocks or bonds designed to replicate the index's holdings.
ETFs are growing in popularity as they are considered to be simple, transparent and low-cost - they allow all types of investors to access professionally managed investments without a high price tag.
Let's explore more about how they work, why they are such good value for money and how you can use them for your investments.
ETFs: definition and benefits
What are the characteristics of ETFs? What are their benefits? How can ETFs fit into your portfolio? This guide will answer your key questions about this investment product.
The benefits of UCITS ETFs
What does the acronym 'UCITS' stand for? Why should I care if my ETF is UCITS? This guide explains the advantages of this important European regulation and clarifies the benefits it can offer you.
Choosing an ETF
How can you identify the most suitable product from amongst the thousands of ETFs replicating a plethora of indices? In "Choosing an ETF", we provide you the tools and advice to help you make your choice.
Why ETF performance matters
How can ETF performance be analysed? Which tools should be used? What factors contribute to performance? This guide will help you understand ETF performance and select the ETF and manager offering the best replication of the index.
ETFs and index funds
Both ETFs and index funds replicate a market index. They have a lot in common, but there are also a few differences. Our guide "ETFs and index funds" sheds light on the two structures and helps you understand the right options for you based on your preferences, investment objectives and broader expectations.
Did you know?
Tracking an index… what is an index?
- An index is an indicator that shows the performance of a selection of securities (representing a market) over a period of time.
- An index can represent a specific geography such as a country or a region.
- Indices can also focus on a sector (technology), a theme (climate) or a strategy type (producing income).