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Exchange traded funds or ETFs are securities that replicate index funds. As it is in common stocks, investors can sell or buy them throughout the day. ETFs provide investors with an appropriate method of buying a wide variety of securities from a single undertaking. ETFs are flexible, offer stock convenience, and diversify the mutual fund. Currently, exchange traded funds happen to be among the most inventive and common securities in the market since the mutual fund was introduced.


Once investors buy exchange traded funds, they invest in the operation of various fundamental securities especially those that are representative of a specific sector or index. While the organization of unit investment trusts is generally done in a similar manner, the ETFs are rather unique due to their different legal arrangement. Investors do not buy shares directly from ETFs. This is because every ETF has a promoter who circulates considerable creation units also known as blocks.


The blocks are then purchased by an accredited investor who acquires the fundamental security shares and puts them in a group. Subsequently, he divides the blocks into exchange traded funds with each of them representing a legal claim. He proceeds to sell the blocks on a collateral market. Normally, closed end funds trading price will hardly reflect the fundamental assets value. Similarly, ETFs are likely to trade at a discounted amount of its real worth. Many investors prefer selling their exchange traded funds shares at the Australian traders open market.


Investors can easily accumulate the shares and reclaim them for a creation unit. Additionally, investors can reclaim the creation unit for the fundamental security. However, this option requires huge numbers of shares which is probably why many independent investors do not use it quite often. As the forex industry grows exponentially, so has the offer numbers increased. Presently, they are in competition with mutual funds and come with various benefits such as; reasonable cost. Contrary to mutual and index funds, exchange traded funds do not come with back or front end charges.


Additionally, they come with slight ratios of expense and are not seriously regulated. Therefore, they are more economical as compared to a wide variety of other investment instruments. Novice investors may not be able to afford many mutual funds which come with a minimum investment obligation. On the other hand, investors are able to buy a minimum of a single exchange traded funds share depending on their choice.

Investors can sell their ETFs at almost their value any time of the trading day. This is known as liquidity. When it comes to mutual funds, they can only be priced at the end of the trading day. A great number of exchange traded funds shares are quite liquid and have moderate trading volumes which may range from thousands to millions daily. Then there is the tax advantage. In conventional mutual funds, managers sell assets outside their portfolio to achieve redemptions.  This is likely to cause capital gain taxes and expose all shareholders. Open market selling and purchasing of shares do not affect the exchange traded funds tax obligation.


In addition, investors who redeem their exchange traded funds receive payment through shares of stock as opposed to cash. This reduces the ETF tax load as selling the shares is not necessary. This way, the ETF is able to generate enough money to refund to the investors. Additionally investors who decide to reclaim their ETFs get paid with low cost basis shares displayed in the fund. This maximizes the cost basis for the remaining shares while reducing the capital gains liability of the ETF.


While ETFs come with various advantages as compared to conventional mutual funds, there are some downsides. For starters, ETF regulates fixed securities. This means that they are not appropriate for investors who opt for active management. Additionally, ETFs are traded as stocks which mean that every purchase undergoes a brokerage charge. Investors who make periodic investments regularly may find these charges exorbitant.


Investors who choose exchange traded funds as their investment option should factor the advantages and disadvantages keenly. They should also research widely to ensure that they can help them achieve their financial goals.

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