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Exchange-Traded Fund - ETF
A Security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an Exchange, thus experiencing price changes throughout the day as it is traded.
    
Because it trades like a stock whose price fluctuates daily, an ETF does not have its Net Asset Value (NAV) calculated every day like a Mutual Fund does. By owning an ETF, you get the diversification of an index fund as well as the ability to sell Short, buy on Margin and purchase as little as one share. Another advantage is that the Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average Mutual Fund. When buying and selling ETFs, you have to pay the same Commission to your Broker that you'd pay on any regular order.
    
The Spider (SPDR)is one of the most widely known ETFs  which tracks the S&P 500 index and trades under the symbol SPY.
Posted by  Institute for International Research
 
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