Mutual Funds ETF Overview

Mutual funds are professionally managed pools of money. The term is commonly applied to regulated open-end funds sold to the general public. In the United States, mutual funds are regulated by the Investment Company Act of 1940. Mutual funds may be open-end funds, closed-end funds or unit investment trusts. The price of a mutual fund is set at the end of each trading day, based on the underlying securities of the fund (as opposed to ETFs, which trade throughout the day). Mutual fund expenses include commissions, redemption fees and operational fees.

Index Investor Corner

Vanguard Leaning More On ETFs

Has the issuer deemed its index mutual fund wrappers now inferior?

ETF Basics

ETFs Vs. Mutual Funds: Which Is Right For You?

As you might expect by this website's name, we like ETFs. We think they're often the right investment choice for many investors.

ETF Basics

What Is An ETF?

Exchange-traded funds are a new type of mutual fund that is changing the way investors invest.

ETF Basics

Why Are ETFs So Cheap?

The first thing people talk about when they talk about ETFs is their low fees.

ETF.com Analysis

Growing Appeal Of Fixed Income ETFs

It may not be just because investors are worried about a market crash.

ETF Report

The Fight For Fractional ETF Trading

Fractional ETF shares could be a game changer for the proliferation of ETFs.

ETF.com Live Chat!

Live Chat: The ETF Void That Needs Filling

Dave Nadig answers readers' ETF questions in real time. Here’s the transcript.

ETF.com Live Chat!

Live Chat: Bubbles & Deadbeat Uncles

Dave Nadig answers readers' ETF questions in real time. Here’s the transcript.

Features and News

Fractional ETF Trading’s Future

Some brokerages allow fractional trading of ETF shares. But wide adoption by the biggest players is a long way off.