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Exchange-traded Funds (ETFs) and Mutual Funds

What are ETFs and mutual funds? How might they help a portfolio? And most importantly, how do you choose? Get the answers in these articles and videos.

Along with stocks and mutual funds, ETFs are a popular type of investment. They offer diversification, typically low investing costs, among other potential benefits. But what exactly is an ETF?

You probably already know that an exchange-traded fund, or ETF, is a basket of many different investments that can be bought and sold during market hours, like a stock. ETFs can offer diversified, low-cost, and transparent access to the world’s investment markets, which makes them a good way to start investing or to supplement your existing investments. Here’s what you need to know to get started with ETFs.

As you evaluate an ETF as a potential investment, try a few simple steps: Understand your needs. Understand the value. Review the risks.

Read this article to understand some basic differences between ETFs and mutual funds.

Understanding the similarities and differences between stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is the first step in deciding how they may fit your investment goals. But first, let’s be clear about what stocks and ETFs are.

There's a diverse list of many different ETFs to choose from so here's a broad overview to get started. Read this article to learn more.

Leveraged and inverse exchange-traded products (ETPs) are considerably different than traditional exchange-traded products. They come with unique risks that investors should be aware of before incorporating them into their portfolios.

Mutual funds are a common type of investment found in the portfolios of many investors. In fact, if you have a retirement account such as a 401(k), you may already own a mutual fund. They are a simple way to diversify your portfolio and potentially benefit from professional management.

Choosing a mutual fund can feel overwhelming. After all, there are thousands of funds you could buy. So where to begin? Read on to learn more.

When you’re researching mutual funds for your portfolio, it’s important to look at several factors, including the fund’s investment objective, track record, and risk level. But what about taxes? How much should they impact your decision?

Understanding how to evaluate risk can help you make choices that will help you survive changing market environments and work toward your long-term goals—while still being able to sleep at night.

As investors explore ways to enhance returns and manage risk, liquid alternative funds have emerged as a potential choice. Learn what they are and what to consider before investing.

We break down the differences between active and passive investing and show how both, separately or together, may add value to portfolios.

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