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What is an "exchange-traded fund"?

An ETF is a type of security that tracks an index, a commodity, bonds, or a group of assets. There are thousands of ETF options, from traditional investments to alternative assets like commodities and currencies. An ETF trades similarly to a stock on an exchange, so ETF share prices go up and down throughout the day, as they are bought and sold.

5% of U.S. households hold ETFs.

- Investment Company Institute, 2016

How can ETFs fit into your plan?

Depending on your investment goals, ETFs can be used to gain exposure to nearly all types of asset classes. Your Northwestern Mutual advisor can help you navigate ETF options to determine how they might fit into your portfolio.

Who are ETFs for?

ETFs may be good for investors looking for more passive, liquid investments that track a specific benchmark, or who don't meet the minimum amounts for mutual funds. ETFs may not be good for individuals who aren't comfortable with risk or paying commissions on each transaction.

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