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Getting Started in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

ISBN: 978-0-470-10782-9
256 pages
January 2007
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AN ACCESSIBLE INTRODUCTION TO ETFs

GETTING STARTED IN
Exchange Traded Funds

"Todd Lofton delivers what he promises with an approach and advice that has the footprint of an experienced trader. Instead of addressing dummies,' he's written a book for the intelligent investor who is inexperienced using ETFs. It progresses through every area, from passive positions to options, in a way that makes you comfortable trading. You can see that the way he gives experienced advice at the end puts this book on a higher plane."
-- Perry Kaufman, author of New Trading Systems and Methods, Fourth Edition

"Todd Lofton has helped many investors get started in futures and options trading by turning complex subjects into clearly written magazine articles and books over the last 35 years. He has done it again with this book on ETFs, one of the hottest new investment areas. Anyone who is contemplating investing in stocks or mutual funds should check out his easy-to-understand explanation of ETFs, how to use them, and how they can play a valuable role in an investment portfolio."
-- Darrell Jobman, Editor in Chief, TradingEducation.com, former editor of Futures magazine

"The ETF market is exploding! With so many under-performing mutual funds, investing in ETFs is truly the intelligent way to invest. This is a great primer for anyone interested in understanding this market better."
-- Chris Osborne, CFP, Senior Vice President- Wealth Management, Smith Barney

First Launched in 1193, exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to attract the interest of investors around the world. ETFs low costs, tax efficiencies, and liquidity make them ideal investment vehicles.

If you're interested in ETFs but don't know where to begin, Getting Started in Exchange Traded Funds is the book for you. Written in a straightforward and easy-to-read manner, this practical guide clearly explains the ins-and-outs of ETFs.

With only a sprinkling of math and no complicated jargon, Getting Started in Exchange Traded Funds will help you:
* Look for an ETF that best matches a particular investment objective
* Evaluate a particular ETFs performance
* Forecast ETF prices with basic technical and fundamental analysis
* Use ETFs for hedging
* Employ options and futures on ETFs in a variety of trading strategies
* Use ETFs for both long-term positions and day trading
* And much more

Filled with practical advice and illustrative examples, Getting Started in Exchange Traded Funds shows you how ETFs can make it easier for you to achieve your personal financial goals.
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1. A Seagull's View of an Exchange-Traded Fund.

Chapter 2. The Genealogy of the Exchange-traded Fund.

Chapter 3. Mustering a Retirement Fund.

Chapter 4. How Exchange-Traded Funds are Credited.

Chapter 5. Shopping for an Exchange-Traded Fund.

Chapter 6. Pork Bellies Don't Fit in a Safe Deposit Box.

Chapter 7. Position Management.

Chapter 8. Price Forecasting Using Fundamental analysis.

Chapter 9. Technical Analysis.

Chapter 10. The Tuesday Investors.

Chapter 11. Futures contracts on Exchange-Traded Funds.

Chapter 12. Options on Exchange-Traded Funds.

Chapter 13. Day Trading.

Chapter 14. A Very Short Word about Taxes.

Chapter 15. An ETF Menu.

Chapter 16. The Underlying Indexes.

Appendix A. A gallery of Exchange-Traded Funds.

Appendix B. Where to Find More Information.

Glossary

Bibliography.

Index.

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Todd Lofton is a past member and floor trader on the Chicago Board Opinions Exchange. He was president of Investor Publications and the first publisher and editor of Futures magazine. Lofton is also the author of Wiley’s Getting Started in Futures, which is now in its fifth edition. He received his master’s degree in financial management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
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