What is an ETF?

If you are a rather new to investing chances are you probably don’t know what an ETF is and what it can do for you. Well in this post I’m going to breakdown this acronym for you so that you will be able to see if investing in an ETF is right for you.

E – Exchange

ETF’s are a type of security that deals with a number of stocks in a specific index. Investing in an ETF helps diversify your portfolio just like a mutual Fund would. I currently hold an ETF called “JETS” in my portfolio to take advantage of the airlines that dropped during the pandemic. Since I don’t know which airline to purchase specifically, I choose to diversified through this ETF. Its always good to hedge or own each competitor in a struggling sector that has been through difficult times such as the airlines.

T – Traded

If you hold a mutual fund in your 401k you don’t have to pay taxes on it but if you own one outside your 401k or pension plan, you can be paying 15 percent in taxes. A good thing to know about ETF’s, is the fact that ETF’s cost less than Mutual funds because an ETF charges less in brokerage commission than buying individual stocks. Plus as long as you hold on to an ETF, you don’t have to pay a ton of taxes.

F – Fund

the reason an ETF is called an “Exchange Traded Fund” is because ETF’s are traded or exchanged on the stock market, just like any other stock or company.

Some of the biggest ETF’s are known as the NASDAQ, S&P 500, and Dow Jones.

Which are also referred to as index funds. Also, when an news anchor talks about the market he or she is referring to these three index funds or Exchange Traded Funds.

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