ETFs Explained in 60 Seconds

ETFs or Exchange Traded Funds are pooled investment funds that tend to track a specific stock market index.  

Many popular ETFs track broad-based stock market indexes like the ASX 200 or S&P 500, giving investors the ability to quickly and easily diversify their portfolios across hundreds of companies, in just one trade. 

When you buy an ETF that tracks the ASX 200, for example – the iShares Core S&P/ASX 200 ETF or IOZ – you would get the same ‘economic exposure’ as if you bought the the largest 200 ASX companies individually. 

By buying an ETF not only would you pay significantly less in brokerage fees but it would also take less time. 

Unlike mutual funds, ETFs can be bought and sold on a stock exchange like individual shares.

It’s important to note that ETFs do attract some fees – with the management fee of each ETF clearly displayed on the fund’s product page. The management fee of the iShares Core S&P/ASX 200 ETF is 0.05%.

To discover more about ETF investing check out our Ultimate Guide to ETF Investing in 2023

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