What is an ETF?

An ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) is a diversified collection of assets (like a mutual fund) that trades on an exchange (like a stock). ETFs are an easy-to-use, low cost and tax efficient way to invest your money.

What are the benefits of ETFs?

Cost, convenience and choice are all reasons investors should consider using ETFs in their portfolios.
Flexibility
ETFs provide exposures to suit both your core portfolio and tactical investing.
Cost-effective
ETFs often have lower management fees than active funds and the costs are simpler to calculate.
Diversification
ETFs offer a single source of instant exposure to returns from diverse securities.
Transparency
ETFs show every security currently in the fund so you know exactly what you own.
Liquidity
ETFs are listed on exchanges and can be traded at any time during market hours.
Access
ETFs allow instant access to international markets.

By the Numbers

1993
The first ETF was introduced in 1993

1997
iShares has been a leading ETF provider since 1997

4,000,000,000,000
ETFs are now a $4 trillion industry

300+
iShares provides the widest array of ETFs, with 300+ offerings