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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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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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I have been talking to ETF investors for more than a decade, and when I mention the numerous benefits of the structure, I often hear “I don’t need intraday liquidity, so that does not benefit me.” Well, I am here to tell you that whether or not you utilize intraday liquidity, it benefits all ETF investors.

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We are firm believers of full transparency and periodically share our top- and bottom-performing strategies to both uncover market trends and show potential pockets of value. We just launched a new way to help showcase, over various time periods, how our investment solutions have performed.
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Many of you are familiar with the key ETF best trading practices and order types: Don’t trade in the first or last 15 minutes of the day, don’t use market orders and know how to use your trading desk and capital markets resources. What is less commonly known, but is extremely important, is the practice of a switch trade.
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No matter where an investor is on the spectrum of sophistication when it comes to using ETFs, what is paramount is to recognize that ETF execution affects their total return. Investors spend the majority of time on asset allocation, but when it comes time to execute, it is imperative to know what resources you have to obtain the best pricing possible.
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