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ETFs can offer an attractive and efficient way for investors to gain access to all aspects of the marketplace and have greatly leveled the investment landscape in terms of availability to all asset classes and regions. As ETFs continue to grow in assets and scope of coverage, we are often asked questions about how they actually work. 

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One of the most common questions and discussion points we encounter is this: “What are the key differences between ETFs and mutual funds?” Both are investment vehicles designed to give the investor exposure to a basket of securities, but there are important distinctions between the two structures in terms of transparency, trading and tax efficiency.
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We have long written about the best practices for switch trades when it comes to buying and selling two ETFs, but what about when switching from mutual funds to ETFs and vice versa?

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On Monday, May 13, 2019, U.S. markets had their second-worst trading day of the year. Michael Barrer answers the question many investors ask during times of stress: “What happens to ETF spreads?” 

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We have long written about the best practices for switch trades when it comes to buying and selling two ETFs, but what about when switching from mutual funds to ETFs and vice versa?

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ETFs are built on a backbone of transparency, while mutual funds are opaque in nature. And although mutual funds trade at NAV, it doesn’t mean the execution cost is free. Michael Barrer explains.

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