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5 questions to ask your advisor about ETFs

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Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have joined mutual funds and individual stocks as mainstream investment tools, and their popularity is only growing . The past year saw record flows into stock and bond ETFs. Today, one in four U.S. investors owns ETFs, according to BlackRock's ETF Pulse survey ; half of all investors plan to purchase them in the next 12 months. Whether you're already an ETF investor or have just been hearing about them, you may be curious to know more or understand them better. This is a great conversation to have with your financial advisor. Here are five questions (and brief answers) to help you get started.

1. What's the difference between an ETF and a mutual fund?

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2. How do I use ETFs?

3. How might ETFs fit into an overall portfolio?

4. Aren't these risky?

5. Are ETFs trading vehicles or buy-and-hold investments?

sometimes available commission-free cost savings Hollie Fagan is the Head of BlackRock's Registered Investment Advisor business and a regular contributor to The Blog .

About the survey

The BlackRock 2016 U.S. ETF Pulse survey was conducted from September 12-26, 2016, by TNS, an independent research company. The survey interviewed over 1,000 individual investors and 400 financial advisors, from nationally representative online samples of household financial savings/investment decision makers age 21-75, with $100K+ in investable assets and aware of ETFs; and financial advisors age 21-75 with $25MM+ in assets under management.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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