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Our ETF research

We aim to be a source of knowledge for ETFs, to support our clients in making informed investment decisions and to enhance understanding of ETFs.

Important notes

This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.

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It was correct at the time of publishing. Our views and any references to tax, investment and pension rules may have changed since then.

An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a basket of investments that usually includes shares or bonds. Funds are a ready-made investment portfolio run by a professional fund manager. They provide access to a diversified portfolio for usually a much lower cost than purchasing the individual investments yourself.

ETFs can be bought and sold on a stock exchange, just like shares. Most track an index – a collection of securities that represent a certain sector or region. For example, the FTSE 100 is an index that represents the largest 100 companies in the UK.

The number of ETFs available on the Hargreaves Lansdown platform and across the broader market has grown over the years. This offers clients lots of options to invest in a range of markets and types of investment.

As the ETF investment universe continues to grow, we want to support our clients who are comfortable making their own investment decisions. That’s why we’ve launched ETF research updates and insights.

To help navigate the ETF market, our Research team now regularly reviews and provides updates on some of our clients' most popular ETFs, focused on major investment sectors like the UK, US and Asia. We’ve carried out due diligence to ensure the ETFs covered are run by large, well established providers in the market.

Our research explores the team, culture, ESG integration and investment process for these funds while also assessing performance. These are not recommendations or a guide on how to invest and are aimed at helping clients make their own informed investment decisions. Clients will also need to consider their personal aims and attitudes to risk. You should only invest in funds if you have the time and know-how to diversify your portfolio to help reduce risk.

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