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Exchange-Traded Funds

Using ETFs to invest in quality companies

Thursday 19 Sep 2019

You can use exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to access many different types of shares, grouped according to whatever criteria you like. For example, you can use screening tools to narrow down the ETF universe to those funds which only invest in quality stocks. But what are quality stocks and why would...

Choose wisely with thematic ETFs

Thursday 05 Sep 2019

Many investors like to invest in big themes, seeking exposure to a range of companies which could benefit from something hot in the market or structural growth in a certain industry, geography or demographic. Historically investors have achieved this exposure through putting money into certain unit...

How do I know which ETF to buy when lots track the same thing?

Thursday 29 Aug 2019

When you’re thinking of buying an exchange-traded fund (ETF), the choice can be daunting. There are typically many funds tracking the same indices, making it difficult to know how to choose between them. It’s not as simple as just looking at the cost, although that should certainly be a key...

Could high yield bonds be an answer to market volatility?

Thursday 22 Aug 2019

Bonds are often seen as an answer at times of market stress and, with the FTSE 100 losing more than 6% of its value since the beginning of August there is plenty of reason for people to be seeking safe havens. But the trouble is everyone has this idea, which means yields on the so-called ‘safest...

How to play emerging markets through ETFs

Thursday 15 Aug 2019

Some people believe emerging markets have the potential for significant returns. As development in these markets emerges, the opportunity for growth should in theory be better than a market that is already developed. However, this can also come with significant volatility attached. And EM, as it’s...

Green bond ETFs: an alternative way to invest ethically

Thursday 08 Aug 2019

For investors worried about the stock markets, bonds can be useful alternative. And if you want to invest ethically, a nascent area of the bond market – green bonds – could be the answer, particularly if they’re wrapped in an easy to invest way like an exchange-traded fund (ETF). Green bonds are...

Where to start with investing in metals and energy products via ETFs

Thursday 01 Aug 2019

Commodities, which cover everything from oil to copper to corn, play a central role in our lives. They fuel the cars we drive, line the cables which keep us online and some are in the meals we eat. Investing in this space used to be the preserve of the professionals but several developments, most...

Using ETFs to play the thriving robotics theme

Thursday 25 Jul 2019

Last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed saw the unveiling of Europe’s first roadworthy autonomous delivery vehicle. Called Kar-go, the self-driving electric-powered robot on wheels has been developed by former Formula 1 and classic car boffins. It promises to slash the cost of last-mile goods...

The different ways to play the US markets via ETFs

Thursday 18 Jul 2019

The US stock market is the largest in the world and encompasses shares in household names such as McDonald’s, Disney and Facebook. It has also been an extremely strong performer in recent years. On 10 July the S&P 500 index hit a new record high above the 3,000 level, just five years after...

The top five ETFs with an ESG focus as inflows surge

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Investors’ capital flooded into environmental, social and governance ( ESG ) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) at the start of the year. Total assets globally reached a record $25bn at the end of January, a 10% increase in just a month, according to data from research provider ETFGI. There are 210 ESG...