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The Investor's Guide to Active Asset Allocation by Martin Pring

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13What Are Exchange Traded Funds? What Are their Advantages?

What Are Exchange Traded Funds?

ETFs Compared to Regular Mutual Funds

ETFs on the Internet

The Families

Barclay’s

1. Equities

2. Fixed Income

3. Commodities and Gold

State Street Advisors

The Vanguard Group

Bank of New York

Merrill Lynch HOLDRs

Miscellaneous Families

What Are Exchange Traded Funds?

If you are going to allocate assets around the business cycle, it helps to have suitable investment vehicles to execute the strategies. This is where Exchange Traded Funds come in, for while the predominant asset class represented is equities, recent years have seen the introduction of bond, individual commodities and currency funds.

Obviously it is possible to buy individual equities to ...

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