Know What's in Your ETFs

Exchange-traded funds are perhaps the most lucrative creation out of Wall Street in the past decade. Although ETFs were already around before, their popularity has ballooned in the past 10 years. As the name somewhat implies, ETFs are baskets of securities that trade freely on stock exchanges, just like a share of stock. Instead of owning one agricultural company, for example, you can own a basket of them via the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO). These securities have made ownership of commodities accessible with just a click of mouse; notably, the rush into gold in the past several years was more accessible thanks to ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (GLD).

Not surprisingly, as investor appetite for ETFs grew, Wall Street obliged. You can now find an exchange-traded fund for almost every conceivable trade or position you desire. You can go long or short market indices, bet on industries, interest rates, countries, currencies, even specific segments within industries....348 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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