Whilst advisers and investments are comfortable and familiar with the simple term “funds” (has anyone heard of an “CIS (Collective Investment Scheme) Conference” or being an “AUT (Authorised Unit Trust) investor”? There is much less familiarity with the once-institutional and now pervasive ETFs (Exchange Trade Funds). That lack of familiarity means that for some reason that particular TLA has stuck.
Claer Barrett in FT Weekend’s FT Money section tries to demystify the jargon – but ends up makes thing sound more complicated than they need to be.
Advisers wanting to check or brush up on the difference between an ETP, ETF, ETN and ETC could do well to invest 2 hours of their time to earn accredited CPD (Continuous Professional Development) from the roadshow being run by Copia Capital Management to get a solid understanding of this increasingly popular and pervasive investment vehicle.
As for civilians – customers and investors – it's actually quite simple. It’s about money. Client money. And how it gets put to work. So forget the TLAs and the alphabet soup of ET-this and ET-that. The key question to ask managers is “What are you doing for your fee, and how do I get to keep the most of my available return?”
The investment management industry is waking up to the fact that its customers deserve more English-language dialogue, and fewer abbreviations. QED.
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