Securities refer to investments that you can buy or sell such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an exchange-listed security that invests in a group of liquid assets. The most popular ETFs are index funds that purchase securities to track major indices, like the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq.When you purchase a share of an ETF, you’re not picking out the securities you wish to buy. Instead, you decide which asset class(es), sector(s), or indices you’d like to invest. Some ETFs also follow particular strategies, such as growth or value investing, by choosing a sampling of an index to follow.

ETFs can own thousands of stocks in a single fund, or they can limit to a few dozen within a given sector or industry. It's also listed on exchanges and can be traded intraday like stocks.

Does trade ETFs?

Yes, in some of our Investment Kits, we invest in a mix of ETFs. In others, we balance a mix of ETFs and individual equities. Learn more about our Investment Kits.

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