What is an ETF?

An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a an open ended fund traded on a stock exchange. Typically, the aim of an ETF is to:

  • Replicate the return of an underlying benchmark or strategy.

  • provide the same return as a specific index or asset class*.

ETFs offer investors access to a variety of asset classes at a relatively low cost and can be used as the building blocks of multi-asset portfolios. Investors can benefit from the broad diversification of an equity benchmark, gaining exposure to hundreds or thousands of individual securities in a single transaction.

Characteristics and benefits

Why use an ETF?

*Before fees and expenses

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