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ETF Futures and Options

ETF futures and options are derivatives of exchange traded funds that will increase the ability to hedge risk, gain exposure to markets, and decrease costs. The perfect tools for your ETF portfolio.

What are Futures and Why are they in ETFs?
ETFs utilize derivatives such as futures to accurately track their correlating assets. However, make sure you understand the benefits and risks of futures in your ETFs.

Four Basic ETF Option Trading Strategies
It is important to understand the basic strategies when trading ETF options.

Trading ETF Option Straddles
While an advanced strategy, including ETF option straddles in your portfolio may be the perfect way to hedge risk or gain volatility exposure

4 Types of ETF Derivaitves
ETFs will contain many different types of derivatives such as forward contracts, futures, swaps, and options (calls and puts). Here is a general overview of each derivative

What Are Forwards and Why Are They in ETFs
Derivatives are frequently used in ETFs. Options, futures, swaps and forwards. So it is important to understand each type of derivative so you know what is in your ETF.

What Are Swap Contracts?
Sometimes in order to track a benchmark accurately, ETFs use derivatives such as futures, forwards, options and swaps. Swaps are similar too forward contracts, but...

Are ETFs Better than Indexes?
A lot of ETFs are designed to track an index, but are you better off buying an index basket or the ETF? Every investing situation is different and a lot of factors can affect your trading strategy. However, if you're armed with the facts, you have the best chance of making the right decision.

What is in an ETF?
What is in an ETF? If you're considering an ETF for your trading strategy, you might want to peek under the hood and see what little funds are made of.

Should I buy Stock or an ETF?
How do ETFs stand up against individual stocks? We've seen the battle between ETFs and mutual funds and we've compared ETFs to Indexes. Now it's time to put exchange traded funds against stocks.

ETFs Create Revenues, Returns and Savings
As with any investment, you are looking for a return. And of course that includes ETFs. But wouldn’t it be nice if ETFs not only created an ROI, but also produced a revenue stream as well as save you money? Guess what, they do. Here are a few different ways your trading strategy can profit from ETFs.

Commodity ETFs
Commodity ETFs allow investors to hedge risk or gain exposure to physical goods such as agriculture products, precious metals, and energy resources.

Seven ETF Investing Strategies
If you are looking to diversify your portfolio or increase market exposure, including ETFs in your investment stratagem may be the way to go. Here is how an ETF can work for you.

Eight ETF Earnings Season Investment Strategies
ETFs are a great addition to your earnings season investing strategy. Whether you need to hedge downside risk, gain exposure to certain industries, or increase volatility, exchange traded funds can be the best tool in your investing arsenal. Here’s how ETFs can be a part of your earnings season investing strategy.

11 Types of ETFs (And More)
ETFs are generally categorized into the eleven most common types of ETFs. Style ETFs, Market ETFs, Sector and Industry ETFs, Country and region ETFs, foreign currency ETFs, ETNs, Inverse ETFs, bond ETFs, commodity ETFs, derivative ETFs, and innovative ETFs

What is the difference between an ETN and an ETF?
ETNs are structured investment products that are issued by a major bank or provider as senior debt notes. This differs from an ETF which consists of an actual security or sometimes commodity derivative.

How to Invest in Commodities with Commodity ETFs
Investing in commodities can create exposure to different investment products, reduce risk, hedge inflation, and diversify your overall investing strategy. One good way to invest in commodities is to use commodity ETFs.

ETF Arbitrage
It is important to understand how arbitrage helps keep ETF prices in line with their correlating indexes and the equities in the fund.

What You Need to Know About Gold ETFs
Gold ETFs are commodity exchange traded funds made up of gold backed contracts and derivatives. The purpose behind a gold ETF is to track and reflect the price of gold.

Gold ETFs allow you to Invest in Gold Without Investing in Gold
Gold is a safe investment during times of duress, but stocking up on gold bars might not be the most efficient way to go. Enter Gold ETFs, a simple way to expose your investment strategy to the performance of gold, without actually owning any gold products. Gold ETFs consist of futures contracts in order to track the price of gold.

Five Reasons Energy ETFs Might be a Good Fit for Your Portfolio
Energy ETFs can provide a portfolio with exposure to the energy sector and provide protection against energy investment risk or even general inflation risk.

A List of Energy ETFs and ETNs
Energy ETFs can be a great addition to your portfolio in order to diversify, curb inflation, hedge your energy investments, or just gain some exposure to the energy sector.

6 Types of Gold ETFs
There are 6 different types of gold ETFs to consider when including gold investments in your portfolio. Use these types of gold ETFs to hedge downside risk, increase exposure to gold, or diversify a portfolio.

3 Types of Energy ETFs
There are three main types of energy ETFs investors can utilize to gain exposure to the energy sector, hedge energy investment risk, diversify their portfolio, or control inflation exposure.

Nine Reasons ETFs Can Benefit Your Portfolio
If you are looking to diversify your investments, hedge against risk, or gain exposure to a certain market sector, ETFs can be the perfect asset for your portfolio. Investors who include ETFs as part of their trading strategy reap many of these benefits.

Why You Should Consider Currency ETFs
Currency ETFs are a simple way to gain exposure to foreign currencies without all the complexities. Currency ETFs are pre-packaged investments that track a certain currency, similar to how a normal ETF tracks an index.

Six Questions to Ask About Inverse ETFs
Inverse ETFS are created using derivatives in order to create profits when the correlating index declines in value.

What Are Leveraged ETFs?
While leveraged ETFs are an aggressive new ETF innovation, they are also a very controversial ETF innovation. However before you can formulate an opinion on whether these new funds are good or evil, you need to know the basics.

Six Reasons to Sell an ETF
Selling ETFs might be a sound strategy for your investment portfolio, but as with any investment, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

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