Investing does not have to be intimidating or scary. 

We help you navigate the basics of ETF investing, what's happening in the markets and more.

What is an ETF?

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a low-cost investment fund that tracks the performance of a chosen index - whether the trend is rising or falling - by investing in a basket of stocks or bonds designed to replicate the index's holdings.

ETFs are growing in popularity as they are considered to be simple, transparent and low-cost - they allow all types of investors to access professionally managed investments without a high price tag. 

Let's explore more about how they work, why they are such good value for money and how you can use them for your investments.

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These 6 ETF guides will tell you all you need to know before selecting and investing in an ETF.

The role of ETFs

ETFs: definition and benefits

What are the characteristics of ETFs? What are their benefits? How can ETFs fit into your portfolio? This guide will answer your key questions about this investment product.

The role of ETFs

The Exchange Traded Product

What are ETPs (Exchange Traded Products)? What are the differences between the products? Which product works best and when? Find out in our guide to ETPs.

What is UCITS?

The benefits of UCITS ETFs 

What does the acronym 'UCITS' stand for? Why should I care if my ETF is UCITS? This guide explains the advantages of this important European regulation and clarifies the benefits it can offer you.

Choosing an ETF

Choosing an ETF

How can you identify the most suitable product from amongst the thousands of ETFs replicating a plethora of indices? In "Choosing an ETF", we provide you the tools and advice to help you make your choice.

Why ETF performance matters

Why ETF performance matters

How can ETF performance be analysed? Which tools should be used? What factors contribute to performance? This guide will help you understand ETF performance and select the ETF and manager offering the best replication of the index.

Choosing an ETF

ETFs and index funds 

Both ETFs and index funds replicate a market index. They have a lot in common, but there are also a few differences. Our guide "ETFs and index funds" sheds light on the two structures and helps you understand the right options for you based on your preferences, investment objectives and broader expectations.

Lost in the terminology?

There are lots of words we use in investing that you don't see every day. If you get stuck, visit our glossary to find explanations that are clear and easy to understand.

Did you know?

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About ETFs

  • ETFs give investors exposure to the markets by replicating, as closely as possible, an index.
  • They share similarities with stocks and traditional mutual funds.
  • There are more than 9000 ETFs available (ETFGI data at at August 2022)
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Tracking an index… what is an index?

  • An index is an indicator that shows the performance of a selection of securities (representing a market) over a period of time.
  • An index can represent a specific geography such as a country or a region.
  • Indices can also focus on a sector (technology), a theme (climate) or a strategy type (producing income).

Meet some of our experts.

Fred Hoogveld

Frédéric Hoogveld

Head of Investment Specialists & Market Strategy – Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta

Vincent Denoiseux

Vincent Denoiseux

Head of Investment Strategy – Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta