Investing Basics: ETFs

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      Lesson summary:

      An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is an investment fund that trades like a stock, pools money from investors into a basket of different securities including stocks, bonds, and other assets, to provide investors with diversification. The ETF shares are bought and sold on a stock exchange, with different ETFs having different objectives, including replicating a stock index, sector performance, and offering different amounts of diversification. An investor can buy shares of an ETF through a broker and participate in the market with only a single purchase. Returns from an ETF can come from a rising ETF price and dividends. ETFs can be bought and sold throughout the day, but not all ETFs are widely traded. ETFs typically have lower management fees and no minimum investment compared to mutual funds. There are a variety of ETFs that track assets like bonds, stocks, commodities, and currencies.

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