An introduction to Exchange Traded Funds
An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is similar to a managed fund, except that it takes
the form of shares that can be traded openly on a share market - whereas a
managed fund can usually only be purchased and redeemed directly through the
services of a fund manager.
Many common ETFs have been established to track well-known market indices and
therefore do not rely on a fund manager's expertise in actively selecting
Creation of an ETF
To create an ETF, the ETF Manager will buy parcels of shares from many different
companies within a group, making a pool.
This pool of new shares is then collectively listed on the share market under its own ticker code.
Features of an ETF
An ETF is likely to mirror the movements of the market or index that it tracks
The ETF fund selection process is mechanical, as opposed to a manual selection
You can enter/exit the market, at your own discretion, via your share broker
There are typically lower annual fees than a managed fund, due to a "passive"
fund management style
It provides an opportunity to invest in multiple companies
Find an ETF
ETFs are available through Direct Broking for an increasing range of equity and
other asset classes.
New Zealand Smartshares (www.smartshares.co.nz)
Shares in small, medium and large companies ("Small Cap", "Mid Cap", "Large
Shares in companies from specific countries, such as Japan, Singapore and Korea
Shares in companies from regions such as Europe and Asia
Shares in companies from economic groupings, such as the emerging economies
Shares in companies from industrial sectors such as Healthcare,
Telecommunications, and Materials
Shares in Property Trusts
US Corporate and US Treasury Bonds
Precious Metals (these are termed "exchange traded commodities")
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