ETF

On this page you will find links to pages about ETF’s, backgrounds of ETF’s and personal insights and explanations.

ETF info

I will explain many ETF subjects. My goal is to get into the most important ETF subjects in plain and clear language. You will read backgrounds about every ETF subject and I will share my personal thoughts about every subject. Learn more about ETF’s...

iShares

iShares is the leading provider of ETF’s in the world. Under the guidance of investment firm BlackRock iShares has made the ETF market grow to the stellar success it is today. With ETF’s covering numerous market sectors, commodities and regions iShares has made investing for individuals easy and self-manageable.

Here we will share insights about the background of iShares, the pros and cons of iShares as an ETF provider and the why and how of the BlackRock – iShares deal. Learn more about iShares...

Vanguard

Being around since 1975, Vanguard knows a lot of passively managing index funds. They have always been an innovative investment firm. With the First Index Investment Fund they were already tracking the S&P 500 without actively managing this mutual fund.

This gave Vanguard a real advantage in know-how about tracking indices, a very similar way ETF’s are working. Today Vanguard is the number 2 ETF provider in the world. We will discuss the pros and cons of Vanguard ETF’s and we will get into the history of this special investment firm. Learn more about Vanguard...

Lyxor

Lyxor ETF is the leading European provider of ETF’s offering a great variety of ETF’s focused on the European market. Being one of the most innovative ETF creators in the world Lyxor offers many well-balanced ETF’s especially for European market sectors. Here we will share some thoughts about the history and future of Lyxor ETF and we will also get into the most important pros and cons of Lyxor. Learn more about Lyxor ETF...

Amundi

As a leading European ETF provider Amundi stands out in regional European ETF’s. Although a large part of Amundi’s ETF’s are of a synthetic nature they are currently developing more and more physical ETF’s. Read all about the strengths and weaknesses of Amundi ETF. We will also get into the recent history of this relative new name in ETF trading. Learn more about Amundi ETF...

ETF Securities

ETF Securities is the leading provider of commodity and currency ETF’s. Their popularity was boosted after the creation of the first physical gold ETF they put on the market in 2003, a real revelation then. Still they provide many commodity ETF’s and commodity market sector ETF’s. Based in Jersey they provide ETF’s to major markets in Europe, the US, Mexico and Asia. Learn more about ETF Securities...

SPDR

The global ETF market has much to thank SPDR for. They created the first popular ETF in the world with the S&P500 ETF, back in 1993. Many years later they still are a major player in the world of ETF’s. They are the third largest ETF provider in the world.

We will get into the pros and cons of SPDR and we will also share some insights about the development of the ETF market as a whole as this story is very much intertwined with that of State Street’s SPDR ETF. Learn more about SPDR...

DB X-Trackers

DB X-Trackers is fully owned by Deutsche Bank. Entering the ETF market in 2007 they decided to name the ETF a “tracker”, a fitting word for ETF’s. Today they offer many equity and bond based ETF’s. They are the number 2 ETF provider in Europe and the number 5 worldwide. Learn more about DB X-Trackers...

First Trust ETF

Being only the sixth largest ETF provider in the US First Trust is considered as a medium sized ETF provider. Do not expect a wide range of popular index ETF’s here. Fortunately First Trust has opted to go where other providers do not bother to go. First Trust offers some very fine niche ETF’s and I have included some of the best within my list of 137 preferred ETF’s I follow on a daily basis. Learn more about First Trust ETF...

WisdomTree ETF

WisdomTree is a very innovative US based ETF provider. It offers many regional and equity based ETF’s. What is special about WisdomTree is their approach in creating new ETF’s. They use their own indices and instead of composing ETF’s based upon market capitalization they look for dividends in weighing their ETF’s. We will get into the why and how of this WisdomTree approach of ETF providing. Learn more about WisdomTree...

UCITS

In 3 pages we will explain what UCITS is and what the benefits are for individual ETF investors. Since the start of the UCITS directive in 1985 much has changed and so has the UCITS directive. What matters most for ETF traders is the protection it offers to European investors. Learn more about UCITS...

MSCI

MSCI is the leading index provider of global equity indices. They offer a large variety of indices that cover specific global market sectors, regional sectors and emerging markets. We will discuss the major MSCI indices and we will give special attention to the important MSCI World index. Many ETF providers use the MSCI indices in creating ETF’s that are very popular among investors that want to invest their money in a very clear and well-balanced way. Learn more about MSCI...

DeGiro broker

DeGiro is one of the fastest growing brokers in Europe. They offer many ETF’s from different providers and above all: They offer the lowest broker fees in Europe! Headquartered in Amsterdam they really conquer the world with their unbeatable fees and great service. Here I will get into the pros and cons of DeGiro and I will share some thoughts about DeGiro as an ETF broker. Learn more about DeGiro...

Binck broker

Binck is a leading broker active in The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and France. With a great trading platform and a wide variety of investment products it handles almost 4 million orders a year. In The Netherlands they were awarded with the title Best Broker for 15 years. I will share my personal thoughts about Binck as an ETF broker. Learn more about Binck...

Saxo Bank broker

As one of the leading builders of online trading platforms Saxo Bank offers a great platform to their own customers. They service over 100 other financial institutions with their white label trading platforms. So rest assured, their platform is great for trading ETF’s. But what about other characteristics of this broker? Here we will share some thoughts and pros and cons of Saxo Bank as a broker for ETF’s. Learn more about Saxo Bank...

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