Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds are pooled investments that allow investors to pool their resources in order to gain exposure to assets they might otherwise find barred to entry. They also provide a convenient way for investors to invest in assets that are difficult or impractical to take possession or delivery of – oil, uranium, gold, sugar etc.
The main advantages of mutual funds are that they offer economies of scale, a superior degree of diversification, they are highly liquid and they are overseen by professional fund managers. Disadvantages include the fact that they carry fees and expenses which eat into profits.
Preston Stanley has access to mutual funds investing a virtually any asset from equities to bonds and beyond. We select those whose charges are minimized so as to limit their impact on client capital.
One of the main differences between ETFs and mutual funds is that ETFs are traded on a stock exchange. This means they are continually being priced during trading hours whereas a mutual fund is priced once a day.
ETFs are less expensive for fund managers to run so, typically, they'll feature a lower annual ongoing charge figure than a mutual fund counterpart.
That being said, investors need to be aware that there will be transaction charges since ETFs must be bought through a broker. As you'd expect, Preston Stanley can advise of all charges and transaction costs investing in ETFs will attract.
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