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Monday, November 23, 2009

Lessons In ETF Trading For Beginners

By Patrick Deaton

Becoming successful at ETF trading will require some commitment and work in order to develop the knowledge and skills that are required to see a substantial gain on a trade. It is important that a person who is just looking at trading as a viable way to increase their portfolio that they have a basic understanding of how ETF works and what to expect from their trading efforts.

A person will find that there are many classes, courses, and books offered on the Internet regarding ETF and ETF trading. When selecting a course or book, it is important to research the company or individual carefully to make sure that they have experience with ETF and knowledge of the types of strategies that are needed to be a successful trader.

ETF is a growing industry. With almost twice as many ETFs in 2009 as there were in 2008, a person has the opportunity to create diversified and valuable portfolio in a relatively short time. Many of the benefits that one gets from ETF trading are not available through other types of stock trading.

A trader can buy and sell throughout the trading day. This is completely different from the regulation requiring mutual fund trades to occur at the end of the trading day. The advantages to the trader of being able to proactively trade stock through the day make a significant different in the amount of gains they are able to see in their trading activity. This, coupled with the fact that changes occur in the market at fifteen second intervals, makes the ability to trade in this way advantageous.

Tracking an index like the S&P500 or MSCI EAFE makes ETFs very easy to work with. A unique symbol is given to each basket in ETF so that they can be easily identified. ETF values are based on the weighted average or price of the combined stocks and bond of the companies within a basket or sector. This can confuse some people who expect larger gains because they have not included the calculation for all stocks and bonds in their figures.

Stocks and ETFs are very much alike. Traders are able to use limit order, stop-loss orders, bracketed buy orders, etc. In addition, a trader can sell short at any time. This adds to the flexibility of ETF trading and is unlike the regulation disallowing short sales of stocks that are below what their last price was. An ETF trader can short sell immediately when required to take advantage of an opportunity.

Many individuals are learning about the existence of ETFs because they are seeing them as an offering in their mixed portfolios. More large companies are including ETFs in their offerings because long term ETFs offer low risk to the overall portfolio of an investor and steady growth. Many large businesses are buying creation units so that they can diversity the options within their programs even further.

Learning about ETF before one begins ETF trading will be very advantageous. An individual will find that the structure, methods and strategies for trading will be much easier to navigate with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding ETF. Talking with an individual who knows ETF, ETF trading, and the various types, methods, and strategies of ETF will help a person to move through their learning curve more quickly and begin successful trading. - 23208

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