The Future of Investing – Two ETF Brothers – B&V

Hello All! I am back! I had to take a significant break from writing. Had some life-changing activities to complete, which were very exciting but little related to investment. Thus, unfortunately for you, I will not be covering those here :).

I have decided to produce a series on the Future of Investing. The first topic will investigate two big passive investment players.  The subject is particularly interesting to me, in that it combines technology and investment.

I have not only passed Level III CFA but have also worked as a business analyst in the investment and banking industries. The impact of technology on the investment world has not only directly affected my work but shaped the world.

This topic will not investigate Alternative Investment, which I plan to do in the future due to the specific expertise it requires and the complexity of the topic. So, I will cover Alternative Investment as a future topic. Having said all of this, let’s start!

Equity and bond asset management is going passive. There are two big players providing a passive investment service, BlackRock and Vanguard (the ‘B&V’ of the title). There are multiple reasons why these two are at the top, but the most obvious one is that they have just been better than other providers at managing their costs with the help of technology. Quite simply they can provide ETFs and other passive funds with lower fees.

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ETF (Exchange Traded Funds) – What is this!?!

I am back, had some busy weekends. Moved to a new place. Hope new home will help to deliver even better content to this blog. Today, we will continue with the subject of various assets. The particular asset we will be reviewing will be ETFs. I personally believe that this is one of the best options for many retail customers and is a fantastic tool to diversify your portfolio with minimal time, cost and effort. Also one of the easiest way to invest in foreign countries with minimal cost.

ETF Definition:

There are many options for ETFs in the market. It can be a bit overwhelming, they can cover various assets, regions, sectors and markets. The key thing to keep in mind, you what to minimise cost and get good diversification, also need to look into your overall portfolio and make sure that there are no considerable overlapping. For example, if you have a significant investment in technology stocks, you need to ensure that your ETF has lower exposure in this sector. Of course, if you like more exposure opposite is true.

Let’s go now via name and what means:

Exchange – The asset class is traded on some exchange like LSE or NYSE. This is a venue, where buyers and sellers can exchange financial products like ETFs, stocks, bonds.

Traded – You can buy and sell this product in exchanges any time while these are open.

Fund – Mean that include multiple assets in a particular combination.

ETFs are run by computers, thus, low running cost (0.2%-0.8%). You can have ETF tracking FTSE 100, small-cap stocks in all over the world, world index, bond index, etc.

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