This Element is an excerpt from Three Paths to Profitable Investing: Using ETFs in Healthcare, Infrastructure, and the Environment to Grow Your Assets (9780137054268) by Jeffrey Feldman and Andrew Hyman. Available in print and digital formats.
Systematically evaluate the risks of ETFs, so you can use them more safely and profitably.
Despite their advantages, ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are not risk free. No investment is. However, understanding the risks that are particular to ETFs helps investors prepare for unforeseen events and build their portfolios. The first risk to understand is index risk. ETFs are designed to match an index and are passive investments.