2018's Biggest ETF Questions

We look back at our top 10 most-read education pieces of 2018.

Reviewed by: Lara Crigger
Edited by: Lara Crigger

You have questions. We have answers.

ETF University, our one-stop education resource on all things ETFs, remains one of our most popular features here at ETF.com. Whether you've never heard of ETFs, or you've been using them for decades, ETF University likely has something for you.

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our most-read ETF University articles of the year. The topics were wide-reaching, and in some cases, delightfully deep in the weeds. Curious about what you may have missed? Read on to find out.


What Is The Creation/Redemption Mechanism?

Creation/redemption is the secret sauce that enables ETFs to be less expensive, more transparent and more tax efficient than traditional mutual funds. So how does it actually work?


What Risks Are There In ETFs?

Forget what the naysayers claim about how ETFs are breaking the market. These are the 10 biggest risks to investing in ETFs.


Bond ETFs Vs. Bonds: Which Are Better?

Trying to choose between putting your money in bond ETFs or bonds? Knowing what you want out of your fixed-income allocation is the key to deciding between individual issues or an all-in-one approach.


What Is An ETF?

An oldie, but a goodie (at least we think so). If you're totally stumped on what ETFs are and how they work, you should probably start here.


How Do You Choose The Right ETF?

An ETF's price tag isn't the only thing that matters. Before you buy an ETF, make sure you understand what the fund holds, how well it tracks its index and how easy it'll be to trade.


Why Are ETFs So Tax Efficient?

Come tax time, ETF investors generally have a much lower tax bill than mutual fund holders. The reason has a lot to do with how new ETF shares are created and redeemed.


How Do Bond ETFs Work?

How is a bond ETF's yield calculated? Do bond ETFs pay interest? What the heck is duration? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our bond ETF FAQ.


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

Sure, we like ETFs here at ETF.com. But even we can admit ETFs aren't always the best choice of investment. When is a mutual fund a better fit?


Understanding Premiums & Discounts

Confusing as it may seem, ETFs have two "prices," differences between which often arise due to supply-and-demand trading pressures. The good news is there's another force that keeps the two values in line.


Bond ETF Taxation: 3 Things You Need To Know

Investors in bond ETFs must contend with a few more tax wrinkles than with stock ETFs. From tax-exempt interest payments to higher cap gains distributions, here's what to expect.


For answers to these or any other question you may have on ETF investing and trading, be sure to check out our ETF University.


Contact Lara Crigger at [email protected]

Lara Crigger is a former staff writer for etf.com and ETF Report.