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Understanding Exchange Traded Products (ETPs)

A widely accepted fundamental of investing is that investors should be exposed to a range of different asset classes. Spreading your investment funds among asset classes such as Australian and international shares, property, fixed interest, alternatives such as commodities and cash means you don't have 'all your eggs in one basket'. Essentially diversification reduces your risk and can improve your investment returns.

Exchange Traded Products can help investors gain exposure to these asset classes. 

The following article by the ASX (accessed via the links below) outlines the similarities, differences, risks and rewards of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). ETPs is a collective name that includes Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Structured Products (SPs) and Managed Funds (MF).

Explore the links below to learn more about ETPs. (Use your web browser back arrow or the back to main article tab to navigate)

What are Exchange Traded Products (ETPs)?

Why are ETPs popular?

The characteristics that make ETPs similar

So what differentiates the different types of ETPs?

Tips when buying and selling ETPs

ETP strategies

What are the risks of ETPs?

For more information on ETPs check out the suggested links in the right column. For market and performance reports, the ASX publishes a monthly funds report that brings the performance of all funds traded on ASX including ETPs, Listed Investment Companies (LICs), Infrastructure Funds and Listed Property Funds (A-REITs) into the one document. (Look for the link marked ‘ASX funds report’ on the right hand side of the webpage)


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