Understanding Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Open-ended investment funds listed and traded on a stock exchange
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understand the basics of ETFs
understand the structure of ETFs
know about the risks of ETFs
know about the benefits of ETFs


  • be interested to invest in ETFs


ETFs are open-ended investment funds that are listed and traded on a stock exchange

This module will help you understand the basics of ETFs, the structure of ETFs and the risks and benefits of this form of investment. You will also learn if it is a suitable product for you and if you should include ETFs as part of your investment portfolio.

Topics include:

  • What are Exchange Traded Funds (or ETFs)?
  • Risk-Return Trade-off
  • Open-ended structure
  • Swap-based ETFs
  • Risks of Swap based Structures
  • Why do people invest in ETFs?
  • Are ETFs suitable for everyone?
  • Investment strategies for ETFs
  • Considerations before investing in an ETF

Learn how ETFs can form part of your investment portfolio to provide diversification benefits at a lower cost.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who are interested in ETF investments
  • working adults

Course content

3 sections15 lectures33m total length
  • Introduction


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May holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics degree, specialising in Banking & Finance.