Exchange-traded funds (ETF)s, are similar to mutual funds in that they’re made up of a basket of securities. For ETFs, contain securities which include stocks, bonds, commodities, or indices. The main difference between exchange-traded products and mutual funds is that ETFs are traded like individual stocks on an exchange. In other words, a buy or sell is executed immediately, while a mutual fund order usually fills at the end of the trading day.

They are priced and can be purchased and sold throughout the trading day, and you can buy or sell ETF shares on a stock exchange much like the purchase or sale of any other listed stock.

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Benefits of Investing in Trades

Exchange-traded products encompass a number of investment structures that track an underlying benchmark, index, or portfolio of securities. A comprehensive financial plan can help you construct a lifelong cash flow strategy, using prudent assumptions to protect you against inflation. It is important to use realistic returns when forecasting future income.

Exchange-traded products may provide diversification for your overall portfolio, since one share or one unit usually represents multiple underlying stocks, bonds, or other asset classes.

In general, underlying fees and expenses are low with Exchange-traded products. It is important to note, non-traditional and actively managed exchange-traded products will generally have higher fees than traditional ones.

Traditional exchange-traded products are generally unmanaged,  which typically generates fewer capital gains due to the low turnover of the funds inventory s within their portfolio.