iStockAnalyst – ETF’s are one of the greatest financial inventions of the last 20 years. The ETF has surged to incredible popularity with both regular investors and hedge-fund billionaires alike because of the long list of benefits these instruments offer.
They are generally a better deal than mutual funds, carrying lower expenses and fees. ETF’s provide access to markets that were previously inaccessible to most investors, including emerging markets, commodities and international fixed-income assets. ETF’s also offer more transparency and liquidity than your average mutual fund, traded on an actual exchange as a listed security.