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Using ETFs To Access Alternatives
The introduction and rapid expansion of the ETF industry has no doubt been a very positive development for investors big and small. The low fees characteristic of the exchange-traded structure have allowed cost-conscious investors to minimize expenses without sacrificing returns, while the enhanced tax efficiency and intraday trading capabilities have contributed increased flexibility to the investing public. As ETFs have gained traction with investors, the size of the product lineup has grown rapidly. What was relatively recently a few hundred funds offering exposure to “plain vanilla” stock and bond benchmarks has quickly grown to a stable of more than 1,100 exchange-traded products covering nearly every nook and cranny of the investable universe. This proliferation of ETFs has given investors more precise tools for accessing traditional asset classes, but it has also opened up investment strategies and asset classes that were previously either out-of-reach or that required considerable time and/or expenses [...] Click here to read the original article on Related Posts: ETF Pipeline Grows: More Hedge Fund Products, VIX ETNs In The Works January ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures Closer Look At Hedge Fund ETFs ProShares Debuts Two VIX ETFs Talking Hedge Fund ETFs, Inflation-Proofing, And More With Adam Patti
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