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ETFs are traded like stocks that means the price per share fluctuates throughout the day. This helps you to buy and sell ETFs at any time during the trading day. On the other hand, mutual funds only trade once a day and your order to buy or sell shares is processed at the end of the day.
 

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Mutfunds for the faint of heart (novices) investors

ETF's (selected bucket of sector stocks) for the more experienced traders who may not in the long run do as well as the mutfund investor

Mutfund managers may be buying ETF's in their portfolio's to sell to retail clients, thus the top up added fee charges
 

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ETF's (selected bucket of sector stocks) for the more experienced traders who may not in the long run do as well as the mutfund investor
Didn't ETFs originate as simple passive index tracking funds? Its only been over the past few years where more specialized ETFs and even actively managed ones have appeared.

If you compare an actively managed, sector focused ETF, its not different than a mutual fund other than the fact it is listed and traded on a stock exchange.
 

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If you compare an actively managed, sector focused ETF, its not different than a mutual fund other than the fact it is listed and traded on a stock exchange.
quite right & the only basic difference is doing it alone instead of having the mystical finacial advisor doing for you:)
 

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quite right & the only basic difference is doing it alone instead of having the mystical finacial advisor doing for you:)
Let's not create confusion by referring to a fund manager as a financial advisor. A financial advisor can also stick you into inappropriate ETFs. ;)
 

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In today's economy, it seems like a lot of investments are risky with many companies reporting less than stellar returns. Like ETFs will be listed in the stock exchanges where the shares of the particular companies will be traded. Here the ETFs can be driven one the basis of themes for example in the sectors like manufacturing, IT, etc.
 

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Is there any web site that will let you graph performance of ETFs vs.mutual funds?
Any good stock screener or interactive chart should let you compare any ETF to any mutual fund.

Don't forget to factor in the MER though , which is generally a lot less in an ETF and can make a big difference in the bottom line , even after comparing the actual performance.
 

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Mutual Funds aren't very poopular on this forum; and a lot of ETFs should be sold with an "as is" sticker.
Our monthly ETF screen from Morningstar/Paltrack has 948 rows of different ETFs and benchmarks, and that’s just for Canada. Looking at the report, one can almost only come to these conclusions about ETFs: Too many; too thinly traded; and, on many, fees that are too high. ETFs were never supposed to be like this.

ETFs were never supposed to be like this
~Peter Hodson

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/19/etfs-were-never-supposed-to-be-like-this/
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I got a chuckle seeing how many etfs are out there, like the HUT ETF - Horizons Universal Canadian Black Swan ETF: designed to protect you against such events

That got me thinking about some of us here and what custom etf's we would need, so how about ...

BED ETF - Horizons Universal Anti-Panic Attack ETF: designed for those with heart conditions that will allow them to sleep at night.
Note: The prospectus requires unit holders to proceed to an under bed location during periods of escalated market activity as a pre-caution since results are not guaranteed.

PEE ETF - Horizons Universal Piss Your Pants ETF: a 15X highly leveraged EFT designed for those with no heart conditions, who cannot sleep at night, and expect 15X the return of the US SPY Index
Note: The prospectus requires unit holders to enter into adult diapers during periods of escalated market activity as a pre-caution since results are not guaranteed.
 

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Haha! good stuff webber

I actually LOL-ed and it had absolutely nothing to do with the wanna-be comedy I have playing on CBC radio in the background. :apathy:
 
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