Income-focused ETFs have become popular, ticking off the 'low-cost', 'diversified' and 'easily bought and sold' boxes on an investor's wishlist. But before diving into an income ETF, it's important to take a closer look under the bonnet and understand the nitty gritty, and check what it actually does - and that it's aligned to your goals. Here's what you need to know.
Would you put your money on another Trump bump? New ETF invests in Republican Party backers that could benefit from the President
After riding on a tax-cutting ticket in the US election almost a year ago, President Donald Trump has finally outlined plans for the biggest overhaul of America's tax system since Ronald Reagan's times. That announcement has proved timely for a new ETF launched to?give investors easy exposure to some of Trump's biggest corporate backers. The Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker ETF invests in companies that have given more than $25,000 (￡18,500) to a Republican candidate in any of the past two election cycles.
The Big Short for modest investors: Inverse ETFs allow people to bet against the market but should you buy them?
Shorting, or betting against the market, paid huge dividends for the US financial experts who predicted the credit crunch a decade ago - as featured in Hollywood flick The Big Short. This type of investing has traditionally been the preserve of high?net worth professionals but those with more modest sums can access this type of trading through inverse ETFs.
Want to invest in US markets without spending a fortune in fees? Six of the best ETF funds for US stocks
The traditional method of securing a slice of outperformance in the US markets is to invest through mutual funds skewed to investment opportunities across the pond, but they can be quite expensive. Cost savvy investors have increasingly opted to play the US bull market through the low cost exchange traded funds route.
How to invest in 24 of the world's most in-demand commodities in one go: New ETF tracks precious metals to cattle
Ever wanted to invest in live cattle, coffee and gold in the same place? The chance to do that - and access 21 other in-demand commodities - is being offered by a new iShares ETF. It will follow the Bloomberg Commodity Total return Index, which is designed to deliver a broad exposure with no single commodity or sector dominating. We take a look at it and some other top commodity ETFs.
Want to buy 'safe' bonds but don't know where to start? Six of the best ETFs to invest in government debt
The art of portfolio building involves mixing assets to deliver the right blend for your investment outlook - with the key ingredients being shares and bonds. Fortunately, for British investors, UK Government bonds - or gilts as they are known - are considered among the world's safest to invest in, but how do you invest in them or other highly-rated bonds around the world?
I want to invest in shares around the world cheaply and simply and have been told that a broad low-cost global ETF is the best way to do this? I’ve had a look and noticed a number of different ones available. Do they invest in the same shares, or do they do different things? What exactly is in a global equity ETF?
Robots, obesity, old age... even biblical values - whatever you want to invest in, there's now an ETF to help you, but are they worth it?
Given that size matters when it comes to investments, many ETF providers are exploring weird and wonderful strategies in a bid to draw investor capital in a congested marketplace. This has resulted in the advent of some oddball propositions such as a 'anti-gay' ETFs.?This Is Money has compiled a list most unusual thematic ETFs in the market.
Now you can put bitcoin in your pension: UK investing giant offers funds that track the cryptocurrency
Investors can gain exposure to bitcoin through their SIPPs and shares and fund accounts in the form of an exchange traded note issued by Swedish company XBT Provider. ETNs are funds listed on the stock exchange, so they can be bought and sold like shares. They are denominated in Swedish krona and investors should be aware of the ?currency risks, as well as those attached to bitcoin itself.
Should investors be scared of ultra-resilient markets? Why you need to know about the VIX 'fear index'
There is all manner of geopolitical uncertainty around the world, from North Korea's ratcheting up of its belligerence, to continued tension between the West and with Russia over Syria, a potential debt bubble in China and there is Brexit rumbling on of course. Yet the so-called VIX 'fear index' suggests investors don't have a care in the world.
How to invest for your age: When taking a spin on the markets, young and old must think differently to fly high
How many years you have left to invest will help determine where best to put your money. The younger you are the more investment risk you can afford to take. Analysis by investment website The Share Centre shows that while savers aged 50 or over have most commonly been choosing investments that pay a reliable income, younger investors are making bolder choices.
Exchange traded funds have become a valuable tool in an investor’s armoury when seeking to invest at a lower cost than an active fund. As well as providing exposure to core markets, ETFs now offer the opportunity to invest in social, political and economic themes such as ageing populations or digitalisation. Here is how you could invest in big ideas with ETFs.
Tracker funds and ETFs are ideal for those who want to invest but don't want the hassle of picking shares or cost of a fund manager, who is unlikely to outperform the market. So if you are thinking why should you pay for a manager when you can get cheaper - and often better - performance from an index, we take a look at some of the top trackers.
Monthly Or Lump Sum Savings Calculator
Acc: Accumulation - any income generated by the fund like dividends or interest is automatically reinvested.
Inc: Income - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
Dis: Distribution - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
R: Retail - the fund is aimed at ordinary investors.
I/Inst: Institutional - the fund is aimed at corporate investors like pension funds.
A, B, M, X etc: Different fund houses use letters for different things. Check with them what they stand for.
NT/No trail: Some fund houses use this name on clean funds which carry no commissions for financial advisers, supermarkets or brokers, just the fee levied by the fund manager. But other fund houses use different letters - I, D or Y, for example - so you need to find out for yourself which are clean funds.
Gr: Stands for gross.
GBP/￡: Fund denominated in pounds.
EUR: Fund denominated in euros.
USD/$: Fund denominated in US dollars.
Compiled with online stockbroker The Share Centre