How do I Buy an ETF?

ETFs are widely available through brokers and online trading services. ETFs can be purchased in the same way that you might purchase stocks. ETFs are priced continuously during the day, and reflect the underlying basket of stocks comprising this ETF.

The fees and commissions investors pay for purchasing ETFs are exactly the same as those for stocks. The market for ETFs is highly liquid, with substantial trading volume every day. As such, ETFs are readily available and easy to acquire, but it is important to remember that they are not quite as simple as individual stocks.

ETFs can sometimes be very risky and confusing to the average investor. You need to understand the investments in your portfolio and be capable of managing them as things change. We will attempt to illuminate some of the things investors should take into account when evaluating ETFs and their place in a portfolio.

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