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4 Top Popular Exchange Traded Funds ETF for the Small Investor, ETF Symbols GLD, SPY, DIA, SLV


How does a small investor find Exchange Traded Funds, ETF funds, for a portfolio, when there are thousands to choose from? Here we examine 4 top popular ETF funds that are suited for small investors. The nightly business news often refers to these by their nicknames, like the Spyders or the Diamonds. The conservative investor can make money in ETF funds.

You may already be familiar with the popular Exchange Traded Funds, ETF funds. Similar to mutual funds, they hold a group of securities in a trust, but you can buy and sell them like a stock. Exchange Traded Funds, ETF funds, are often designed to mirror or track a famous stock index or commodity index, so these offer a large diversified portfolio of companies. The popular ETF funds have a ready market for buyers and sellers. ETF funds trade on the stock exchanges, so you can buy and sell anytime during the day. The prices and holdings of the ETF fund are transparent, and there are no undisclosed secrets. Finally, they have a low expense ratio compared to managed mutual funds. When the small investor buys several ETF Funds, he or she can add diversity to an investment portfolio.

Here you will get acquainted with the profiles and overviews of 4 popular, top-tier Exchange Traded Funds, ETF funds that are widely held. Use the trading symbol to view up-to-date price charts on Yahoo Finance or your online broker's website. These popular ETF funds trade under the symbols SPY, DIA GLD and SLV.

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  1. DIA is the trading symbol for the ETF fund named SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average. This ETF is in the category of Large Value Stocks, and is one of the family of ETF funds from State Street Global Advisors. The DIA ETF fund has net assets of $10.92 billion, and has an annual dividend yield of 2.53%. The fund was opened on January 12, 1998, early in the history of ETF securities. It is legally organized as an Exchange Traded Fund. The expense ratio is 0.17%

    DIA ETF Fund ~ Summary of Its Investing Purpose and Profile
    The investment in DIA ETF seeks to replicate, net of expenses, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). The fund holds the portfolio and cash. The portfolio consists of as many of securities from companies in the DJIA index as is practicable. To maintain the correspondence between the composition and weightings of stocks held by the trust and component stocks of the DJIA, the trustee is required to adjust the composition of the portfolio whenever there is a change in the identity of any index security within three business days before or after the day on which the change is scheduled to take effect.

  2. SPY is the trading symbol for the ETF fund called SPDR S&P 500. This ETF is in the category of Large Blend Stock Holdings, and is one of the family of ETF funds from State Street Global Advisors. The SPY ETF has net assets of $123.00 billion, and an annual dividend yield of 2.18%. The fund was begun on January 21, 1993. It is legally organized as an Exchange Traded Fund. The expense ratio is 0.09%. Click here to find its largest stock holdings.

    SPY ETF Fund ~ Summary of Its Investing Purpose and Profile. The investment in SPY ETF seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index. The Trust holds the Portfolio and cash and is not actively managed by traditional methods. To maintain the correspondence between the composition and weightings of ETF Fund portfolio securities and component stocks of the S&P 500 Index, the trustee adjusts the portfolio from time to time to conform to periodic changes in the identity and/or relative weightings of securities in the S&P500 Index.

  3. GLD is the trading symbol for the ETF fund named SPDR Gold Shares. This ETF is in the category of Commodities Precious Metals, and one of the family of ETF funds from State Street Global Advisors The GLD ETF fund has Net Assets of $72.24 Billion. The fund was opened on November 17, 2004. It is legally organized as an Exchange Traded Fund.

    GLD ETF Fund ~ Summary of Its Investing Purpose and Profile The investment in GLD ETF seeks to replicate the performance, net of expenses, of the price of gold bullion. The trust holds gold, and is expected to issue baskets in exchange for deposits of gold, and to distribute gold in connection with redemption of baskets. The gold held by the trust will only be sold on an as-needed basis to pay trust expenses, in the event the trust terminates and liquidates its assets, or as otherwise required by law or regulation.

  4. SLV is the trading symbol for the ETF fund called iShares Silver Trust. This ETF is in the category of Commodities Precious Metals, and is one of the family of ETF funds from iShares. The SLV ETF fund has net assets of $9.71 billion. It does not pay dividends. The fund was begun on April 20, 2006. It is legally organized as an Exchange Traded Fund. The expense ratio is .50%

    SLV ETF Fund ~ Summary of Its Investing Purpose and Profile The investment In SLV ETF seeks to reflect the price of silver owned by the trust, less the expenses and liabilities of the trust. The fund is intended to constitute a simple and cost-effective means of making an investment similar to an investment in silver. Although the fund is not the exact equivalent of an investment in silver, it provides investors with an alternative that allows a level of participation in the silver market through the securities market.

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