Exchange-Traded Funds

One-stop, lower-cost diversification
  • Basket of equities, fixed income or commodities
  • Track a market, an industry, or trading strategy
  • Flexibility to buy and sell quickly—just like stocks 

commission-free ETFs2


cost per trade3

Why trade exchange-traded funds (ETFs)?

ETFs combine the flexibility of individual stocks with the potential diversification of mutual funds. They’re baskets of investments, most of which are built to track well-known market indices like the S&P 500® .

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ETFs are collections of potentially dozens, hundreds, even thousands of investments4

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Because they’re traded on major exchanges, they’re typically as easy as stocks to buy and sell

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You can buy ETFs that track specific industries or strategies

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Low costs

At $9.99 per trade,2 they’re usually less expensive than other baskets of investments such as mutual funds

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Why trade ETFs with E*TRADE?

We offer every ETF sold—along with tools and guidance that make it easy to find the right ones for your portfolio.

  • Use our ETF Screener to quickly focus in on the funds you’re looking for
  • Select a diversified set of ETFs with our portfolio building tools
  • Or talk to a real person for assistance any time
  • Our commission-free program lets you save when you buy ETFs


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Have at it

We have everything you need to start working with ETFs right now.

  • Do your research in our Knowledge section6
  • Get professional insights: consult our analysis
  • Narrow your choices with selection tools like our All-Star5 ETF List
  • Buy and sell with our easy-to-use trading tools


Top five performing ETFs

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Top five lists are not a recommendation by E*TRADE Securities or its affiliates to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument, nor is it an endorsement of any specific security, company, fund family, product, or service.

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the list were identified by the following criteria: ETFs available on the E*TRADE platform with the highest 1-year total return and overall Morningstar rating of 4 or 5 stars, excluding exchange-traded notes, sector ETFs, and leveraged ETFs.

Data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not an indication of future results and investment returns and share prices will fluctuate on a daily basis. Your investment may be worth more or less than your original cost at redemption. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Performance is based on market returns. For quarterly and current performance metrics, please click on the fund name. ETF shares cannot be redeemed directly from the ETF. Consequently, brokerage commissions will reduce the performance.


Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades

 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works


Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades

 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

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Learn more about ETFs

Our knowledge section has info to get you up to speed and keep you there.6


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