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By Joseph Dickson, ASX
Since first becoming available on ASX more than 10 years ago with the State Street Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) over the S&P/ASX 200 index, the range of ETFs has broadened considerably. Exposure to currency relationships, the price of oil and emerging markets are now covered as well as more locally focused choices such as enhanced dividend yield, small-cap stocks and the resources sector.
However, there is a catch with this ongoing innovation: you need to be able to familiarise yourself with this broadening suite of ETF types.
If you have ignored ETFs because you do not understand them, or because they did not offer you the exposure you were looking for at the time, now might be a good time to review our updated online course on ETFs and ETPs.
The course is free and no registration is required. The material is divided into topics so you can skip those you are not interested in and focus on those you are. There are lots of graphics and activities to help you reinforce what you have learned.
The family of Exchange Traded Products
If you have visited the course previously, the first thing you may notice is that we have introduced the term Exchange Traded Products. This is because ETFs are part of the family of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). This broad category covers straightforward index funds to the more complex Structured Products.
Next you may notice that ASX is covering more product types in its ETF course. In addition to Exchange Traded Commodities, we now provide you with a good introduction to Fixed Interest ETFs as well.
If you are an iPad user, you can now access the course because it has been written in Html 5.
That's a few good reasons to review our free and updated online course on ETFs and ETPs.
About the author
Joseph Dickson is Courses Coordinator, ASX Investor Education
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