Initially, you had limited investment options. You could either park your money in a Savings Account or Fixed Deposits and earn reasonable returns. Today, you have access to innumerable investment options. Be it a bank or market-linked instruments, there are so many ways to keep your money working and potentially build wealth. If you want to earn beyond the traditional fixed returns, you should invest in market-linked instruments.
Now, market-linked instruments is a term used in a broad sense. There are several instruments under this category. Exchange-Traded Funds or an ETF work for new investors. It is a combination of both Mutual Funds and Equities. You can create a diverse portfolio of a Mutual Fund, and enjoy high investment flexibility and liquidity like Equities. Let us understand ETFs better.
How do ETFs work?
ETF is a collection of assets like Equities and Debt instruments. However, you do not directly hold ownership of these assets. Equities or Debts are typically the underlying asset. Your investment returns and associated risk depends on the performance of these underlying assets. If the underlying assets perform well, so does your investment and vice-versa.
What are the different ETFs?
Based on the underlying assets you opt for, ETFs are classified into various types: