Exchange-traded investments (ETIs) allow investors to track a range of stock market indices and commodities. They can be bought or sold through a stockbroker in the same way as any other share.
How ETIs can be used in your investment portfolio
Why invest with Hargreaves Lansdown?
- Low cost
Online dealing rates are £11.95 per deal and can be as low as £5.95 per deal for frequent traders.
- Wide investment choice
Choose from over 1,300 exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded commodities (ETCs) and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) covering a wide range of investment areas including; agriculture, precious metals, general commodities as well as stock market indices such as the S&P 500 and FTSE 100.
Most ETFs, ETCs and ETNs can be held in the ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account, allowing you to shelter your investments from further tax.
Please remember the value of tax savings depends on your circumstances and tax rules can change over time.
- Instant access to information at the click of a mouse
Access prices and data for hundreds of ETFs, ETCs and ETNs in seconds with our search tool. Exchange-traded investments may not be suitable for all investors. If you are unsure of their suitability please seek advice.
Risk and return
Specialist exchange-traded commodities (ETCs) or exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that track the price of a single commodity have a much higher risk profile and are only likely to be a consideration for more diverse, larger portfolios, belonging to more sophisticated private investors. So too are ETIs which offer short or geared exposure to market returns.
The protections available under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme won't normally be available in connection with ETIs domiciled outside the UK.
Please see the risks section, and the relevant prospectus, which can be found by locating the ETI you're interested in and clicking on the 'Research' tab, for more about risks.
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The value of exchange traded investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. Exchange-traded investments are not suitable for all investors, if you are unsure of their suitability please seek advice.
The protections available under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will not normally be available in connection with exchange traded investments domiciled outside the UK.
Make sure you're aware of the potential risks before investing in exchange traded investments.
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