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Exchange-Traded Funds

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...

ETFs to gain exposure to the US, Europe and China

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

While there are many compelling opportunities for investors in companies on the UK stock market, there is a whole world of opportunity out there for people to make money. And more importantly, investing in companies in other countries can provide important portfolio diversification benefits,...

The ETF aiming to profit from less liquid stocks

Thursday 06 Jun 2019

Liquidity is typically seen as the investor’s friend. It represents the ease at which you can buy and sell shares quickly and easily, and without causing a drastic change in the price. However, there is research which suggests less liquid investments can generate premium returns – in part as...

Using low-cost ETFs to gain exposure to sectors

Thursday 30 May 2019

There is an ever-growing list of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) providing investors with low-cost access to specific industry sectors. While the costs may be slightly higher than broad market-based ETFs such as those tracking the FTSE 100, these sector products can be cheaper than actively-managed...