Have you already got investments? In particular, have you chosen to invest in ETFs rather than shares?
If so, the community would benefit from your help.
As a matter of interest for those who are still unfamiliar with ETFs (1) and investment in general, how might you answer the question:
What makes a good ETF?
Are there things you look for in particular before you invest, or select between options?
Is it past returns (we all know these are not necessarily an indication of future performance, and we’re reminded of this each time they’re published)?
Is it something else? Like the theme, the markets or countries that it covers, the assets under management, or maybe the investment provider that created it?
I’m curious if there are issues that you find relevant to talk about beyond the rather coarse ‘return’ (as interesting as this is).
(1) The definition of an ETF, taken from our Investment Glossary:
An ETF is a type of investment fund.
ETFs can be made up of three main types: bonds, cash and equity. A single asset ETF is just one of the above. A Multi-asset ETF combines a few assets together.
ETFs follow a chosen index, such as the FTSE 100, and are traded throughout the day just like the stock market.
ETF investors aren’t responsible for buying or selling on the market exchange. All they decide is which ETF they want to invest in and when they want to sell it, the rest is up to the Investment Manager or the Investment Fund provider.