Asset managers lose out to ETFs
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Asset managers lose out to ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and trackers are becoming more popular as investors spurn management fees for better value. That's good news for savers, …
24 Feb 2012
Do your homework on ETFs
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Do your homework on ETFs

New guidelines have been drawn up to protect consumers of financial products such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But it's still vital you do your re…
10 Feb 2012
How popular ETFs distort share prices
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How popular ETFs distort share prices

Many stocks are now being traded not because of a fundamental interest in the individual firms, but because they belong to widely-traded ETFs. It's a …
13 Jan 2012
How a euro break-up would affect ETFs
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How a euro break-up would affect ETFs

If the euro breaks apart, chaos will ensue. But how will this impact on exchange-traded products that track euro-related indices? Paul Amery reports.
1 Nov 2011
Just how risky are ETFs?
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Just how risky are ETFs?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) make extra income from lending out their stocks. But what are the risks to you as an investor? Paul Amery reports.
25 Oct 2011
Should you worry about ETF fraud?
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Should you worry about ETF fraud?

A loophole in how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are traded cost Swiss bank UBS $2.3bn. Considering the popularity of ETFs, should you be worried? Paul …
3 Oct 2011
How to get the most value from ETFs
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How to get the most value from ETFs

The gap between the buying prices of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and their intrinsic values grew during August's volatile trading. So what can you do…
9 Sep 2011
Are ETFs to blame for the latest chaos?
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Are ETFs to blame for the latest chaos?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are becoming increasingly popular as investors look to forecast an index as a whole. But by ignoring the individual merit…
22 Aug 2011
ETFs: how to spot the hidden risks
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ETFs: how to spot the hidden risks

When buying exchange-traded funds (ETFs), there are two main risks you should watch out for. Paul Amery explains what they are and how you can spot th…
9 Aug 2011
Is your ETF a safe bet?
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Is your ETF a safe bet?

Although exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have increased in popularity recently, investors should beware of the potential conflict of interests between th…
22 Jul 2011
Are 'synthetic' ETFs worth the risk?
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Are 'synthetic' ETFs worth the risk?

The press and regulators are really getting their teeth into ‘synthetic’ exchange-traded funds just now. But what exactly are they, and should retail …
8 Jul 2011
How to reduce your fund management fees
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How to reduce your fund management fees

There are many low-cost alternatives to expensive funds. So if you're not happy with the level of fees you're paying, take your business elsewhere. Ru…
5 Jul 2011
What are ‘active’ ETFs?
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What are ‘active’ ETFs?

Active exchange-traded funds (ETF) are all the rage. But what are they, and should you invest in them?
27 Jun 2011
Should you avoid exchange traded funds?
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Should you avoid exchange traded funds?

Terry Smith, chief executive of broker Tullett Prebon, recently launched an attack on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), saying they carried various risks …
6 Jun 2011
Be prepared to make the most of ETFs
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Be prepared to make the most of ETFs

There are potential pitfalls with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as with any other investment product – but by making sure you know what you're buying,…
3 May 2011
ETF price challenge can cost you dear
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ETF price challenge can cost you dear

The low fees charged by exchange-traded funds and the speed with which you can trade them are a key reason for their popularity. But that speed could …
4 Apr 2011
ETFs: look beyond the big names
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ETFs: look beyond the big names

Big brand names are important in the exchange traded funds (ETF) market, with iShares the dominant global name. But if you are looking for a buy-and-h…
18 Mar 2011
Three exchange traded funds you should avoid
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Three exchange traded funds you should avoid

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are typically easy to understand, transparent and cheap. But there are some funds out there that traditional ETF investor…
21 Feb 2011
Funds: Don't buy what you don't understand
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Funds: Don't buy what you don't understand

With exchange traded funds (ETFs) straying into newer and more complex areas, the FSA recently decreed leveraged ETFs as generally unsuitable for the …
4 Feb 2011
Value-based alternatives to index tracker funds
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Value-based alternatives to index tracker funds

Europe's most popular exchange traded funds are all 'capitalisation-weighted' – the weighting of an individual stock in the index reflects the company…
17 Dec 2010
How to avoid the pitfalls of bond ETFs
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How to avoid the pitfalls of bond ETFs

Global bond markets dwarf the equities markets. But they can be hard for private investors to trade in. That's where bond ETFs come in. But there can …
3 Dec 2010
Two things to look out for in emerging market ETFs
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Two things to look out for in emerging market ETFs

Emerging-market exchange-traded funds have been a huge success story. But they do have their own peculiar challenges that more developed markets may n…
22 Nov 2010
When to use a currency-hedged ETF
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When to use a currency-hedged ETF

Last week, iShares launched Europe's first currency-hedged exchange-traded funds. They are a valuable addition to investors' armoury - but when should…
8 Oct 2010
Tread carefully in the ETF market
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Tread carefully in the ETF market

One of the main reasons to buy exchange-traded funds is to cut down on management fees. But you still have to be careful. It can cost a lot more to tr…
24 Sep 2010