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Old 05-07-2012, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A Few Questions about ETFs.


Hi guys,
I trade mainly forex and CFDs. I'd like to know more about ETFs.

How many ETFs can one expect to trade? Are the major ones just a hand full or are there dozens of them?

What other good brokers offer ETFs for non-US residents besides TradeStation?

If you have a good strategy that works in other markets can it be applied to ETFs and expected to work?

Thanks.

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do you know why you want to trade ETFs? you may be able to ask your CFD broker if they can add a specific ETF you're looking for, and what their terms would be.

there are many, many ETFs -- practically an ETF for anything you can think of -- and they vary greatly in how they trade; some are very liquid, others do not have very much trading volume at all.
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Hi,

There are well over 1,000 if you count ETNs. As Simit says, for anything you can think of.

This site has a pretty good database: ETF Database | ETFdb: The Original & Comprehensive ETF Database It also lists holdings of each, which is useful.

This site (Learn About Money Management: Personal Finance, Investing, and Retirement) had a downloadable spreadsheet. It was a little dated the last I looked, but useful in that it had volume numbers and expense ratios. They may be out of date, but at least they give a relative perspective.
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I thought I just posted this. Sorry if it's a dupe.

There are something like 1,300 to choose from, as Simit suggests. Some sources:

ETF Database | ETFdb: The Original & Comprehensive ETF Database - searchable; lists holdings, which is helpful

Learn About Money Management: Personal Finance, Investing, and Retirement - now renamed something like infolifics, but had a downloadable .xls which was a little dated the last I looked but has volume info (to avoid those thinly traded) and expense ratios (to compare costs).

Commentary - I'm not too familiar with this one. Seems to be mainly a blog.

Personally, I trade a few different kinds: indexes, sectors, some globals, some commodities and a few currencies.

Good luck!
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do you know why you want to trade ETFs?
As a trend trader I feel that with an expanded range of markets I will have a better chance of catching more big trends. That's why I'm considering ETFs.

And thanks Mojoman for the links.
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