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EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Alliance for Investor Education's Highlights 12 Best Resources for Investors

WASHINGTON, D.C.//September 16, 2014//Are you an investor looking to diversify your portfolio? Perhaps you are considering Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) but don't know much about them or if they are right for you. To help out, the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE) is making available "Exchange-Traded Funds: All You Need To Know" at http://www.investoreducation.org/exchangetradedfunds. AIE is a consortium of 17 leading U.S. financial-related foundations, nonprofit organizations, associations and governmental agencies.

Exchange-Traded Funds have been around since the early 1980s but only recently have been gaining attention from individual investors and investment managers looking to diversify their portfolio while still maintaining the versatility of traditional stocks. ETFs trade and are priced throughout the trading day, just like stocks. Most ETFs seek to achieve (after fees and expenses) the same return as a particular securities index. This type of ETF is similar to an index fund in that it will primarily invest in the securities of companies that are included in a selected market index. As a result, investors may find that certain ETFs are cheaper and more tax-efficient than traditional mutual funds.

AIE President Don Blandin, who also serves as president of the Investor Protection Trust, said: "Investors should always be aware of the best investment opportunities available to them. Often, individual investors are hesitant to adopt newer products when it comes to determining the best investment fit for their portfolio. Exchange-Traded Funds are just one of many investment tools available in today's market landscape that are appropriate for novice and expert investors alike. ETFs that are based on well-known, well-diversified indexes can offer investors a lower-cost path to investing."

The new "Exchange-Traded Funds: All You Need To Know" section of the AIE Web site features the following 12 top resources for consumers:

For an overview of other investor education resources on the Web from AIE members, go to http://www.investoreducation.org.

ABOUT AIE

Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at http://www.investoreducation.org provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 17-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Options Industry Council, SIFMA Foundation, Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

CONTACT: Alex Frank, for AIE, (703) 276-3264 or afrank@hastingsgroup.com.



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