TD Ameritrade Launches New ETF Knowledge Center
Arms investors with knowledge and insights on ways to build a strategy and choose quality ETFs
OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Building a diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) just got simpler and more efficient, thanks to the launch of a new ETF Knowledge Center from TD Ameritrade, Inc. ("TD Ameritrade"), a broker dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.
TD Ameritrade's new ETF Knowledge Center arms retail investors with greater education and information on ETFs, as well as insights on key ETF investment strategies as they relate to current market environments. Plus, investors can test their knowledge of ETFs by taking a quick pulse quiz.
"When it comes to investing for the long term, many Americans still aren't doing nearly enough to pursue their intended goals. Our new ETF Knowledge Center is designed to help investors make choices in a way that eliminates extra clicks, provides objective research more directly and makes building a portfolio more visual and intuitive," said Marco De Freitas, head of products for TD Ameritrade. "The more help and guidance we as an industry can provide to help simplify what can seem like an overwhelming selection of investment alternatives, the better for everyone."
A sampling of content in the ETF Knowledge Center includes video tutorials, articles and announcements about ETFs from the basics to in-depth specialty topics, such as:
ETFs can be appealing building blocks for long-term portfolios because of their typically lower expense ratios, potential tax efficiencies and diversification. As such, they can be an important piece of a diversified long-term investment strategy. ETFs are also an efficient way to get exposure to different parts of the market. But, as with any investment product, the key is knowledge and an understanding of the product's attributes, including the risks.
"The ETF market has expanded tremendously over the past two decades, leaving investors with more choices and greater potential opportunity than ever. But, it also leaves them with a lot of questions about how to navigate the changing landscape," continued De Freitas. "With the addition of new and different types of ETFs and the expansion of commission-free offerings, TD Ameritrade recognizes the need to help investors understand important aspects of ETFs, like liquidity, more easily identify whether ETFs are right for them, and choose ETFs for their investment strategy."
TD Ameritrade's new ETF Knowledge Center is an enhancement of its existing ETF Market Center, which includes one of the industry's most robust commission-free ETF lists, including more than 100 ETFs from nine of the largest and most well-known issuers in today's market, objectively chosen by investment consultants at Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and unit of Morningstar. TD Ameritrade receives no special compensation or fees from any of the ETF providers included on the list.
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About Morningstar Associates, LLC
Morningstar Associates, LLC is a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. It is part of the Morningstar Investment Management division, which creates custom investment solutions that combine award-winning research and global resources with proprietary Morningstar data. With approximately $149 billion in assets under advisement and management,* the Morningstar Investment Management division provides comprehensive retirement, investment advisory and portfolio management services for financial institutions, plan sponsors and advisors around the world.
*Data as of Dec. 31, 2012. Includes Morningstar Associates, Ibbotson Associates, Morningstar Investment Services, OBSR Advisory Services and Ibbotson Australia.
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