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Exchange-Traded Funds

Three hot thematic ETFs analysed

Thursday 19 Aug 2021

Investing in thematic ETFs (exchange-traded funds) is an approach which focuses on predicted long-term trends, enabling investors to access structural one-off shifts that can transform an entire industry. However in recent months, concerns have been raised regarding the limitations associated with...

The difference between two popular FTSE 100 ETFs

Thursday 05 Aug 2021

Readers often ask how they should choose between different exchange-traded funds covering the same underlying market so let’s look at two products tracking the UK’s flagship stock market index, the FTSE 100. iShares Core FTSE 100 ETF ( ISF ) is the largest exchange-traded fund of this kind, with...

Global tracker funds: how do they differ?

Thursday 01 Jul 2021

I’ve been looking at ETFs as a cheap way of getting exposure to lots of global stocks but I’ve seen different products with different names, including ones which seem to track the FTSE All-World index and MSCI World index. Is there any difference between the two? Sara You’re off to a good start, as...

New way to access the next generation of US tech leaders

Thursday 13 May 2021

A new exchange-traded fund has been launched by investment group Invesco that aims to unearth the next generation of winners in the US stock market. Investors might want to view it as the US equivalent of the FTSE 250 mid cap index, containing established companies with material cash flows that...

ETF demand to rise as funds added to popular comparison tool

Thursday 22 Apr 2021

Exchange-traded funds have taken another big step in their journey into the mainstream. As of this month, more than 500 ETFs are included in the Investment Association fund sectors. This may sound like an arcane, technical development, and in a way, it is. But it will also make ETFs more visible...

The easy way to back online shopping stocks

Thursday 25 Mar 2021

Investors looking to play the e-commerce theme have a new option available to them thanks to the launch of a specialist exchange-traded fund – Global Online Retail ETF ( IBUY ) . The ETF tracks the EQM Global Online Retail Growth Index and aims to provide exposure to ‘the rapidly growing online e-...

Investors flock to value ETFs as performance soars

Thursday 18 Mar 2021

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focused on value stocks have boomed in popularity since the value rally began in November 2020, with the performance of many soaring in that timeframe. According to Bloomberg, in the US value ETFs have already taken in $20 billion so far this year, which is already...

Thematic products top the ETF charts in 2020

Thursday 10 Dec 2020

It’s been argued that the coronavirus pandemic has, rather than changing the world entirely, acted more like a time machine in accelerating trends so that shifts which might have taken years or decades have come through in a matter of months. That argument is supported by the list of the best...

ETF providers quick to launch more ethical funds

Thursday 15 Oct 2020

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with an ethical tilt are all the rage with most of the big investment firms looking to bring out new products with an ESG (environmental, social and governance) flavour. It’s easy to understand the appeal. ETFs provide a low cost way to invest ethically, and because...

Accessing small caps through ETFs

Thursday 13 Aug 2020

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are often associated with the largest, most liquid stocks in the market, but in fact you can use them to gain exposure to small companies too. But why would you want to hold them through ETFs, what are the risks, and what are your options when it comes to choosing a...

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