Built-in diversification and flexibility

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a simple, cost-effective way to diversify your portfolio4 by combining characteristics of mutual funds and individual stocks. Like mutual funds, ETFs are made up of a basket of securities. Like stocks, ETFs are traded on exchanges, with fluctuating value throughout the day. ETFs generally seek to track a benchmark index such as the S&P 500, with funds available for every major asset class.

E*TRADE lets you trade every ETF sold, plus over 100 commission-free ETFs3 from independent providers. Use our ETF Quick Search tool below to identify the ETF that may be right for you.10

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Consider ETFs for…

Instant Diversification

ETFs comprise baskets of different stocks and bonds.


Buy and sell ETFs whenever the exchanges are open.

Range of Choices

There are over 1,500 ETFs, covering different sectors & strategies.


ETFs may have lower internal operating costs compared to most actively-managed mutual funds.

Why choose E*TRADE for ETFs

Our My Virtual Advisor5 tool helps you get a broadly diversified ETF portfolio.

Manage it yourself or enroll in an Adaptive Portfolio 7and let E*TRADE Capital Management manage your portfolio for you.8

E*TRADE Financial Consultants 9 can help you choose the right ETFs.

Rely on us for guidance and a choice of every ETF publicly sold.

Conditional orders, margin, and options work with ETFs.

ETFs trade just like stocks, with all the flexibility and daily fluctuation.

ETFs can be bought and sold throughout the trading day on

This helps give you an edge for managing risk and volatility.

Open an account today and get up to $600

Plus 60 days of free trades for deposits of $10k or more1

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Get up to $600 when you open an IRA

Plus 60 days of free trades for deposits of $10k or more1

How it works »