The ETFs Show: the story behind the ETFs in your portfolio

by Tom Bailey from interactive investor |

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Tom Bailey, interactive investor’s collectives editor, deep dives into the history of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with guest Mark Fitzgerald, head of product specialism at Vanguard. The pair discuss the provenance of ETFs, aiming to give listeners a better understanding of them and how to use them, before considering the big themes in a mushrooming market.

Time-stamped highlights

03:47: in the 1970s, Vanguard founder Jack Bogle creates the first index fund, the precursor to ETFs

05:37: financial innovation and how the 1987 crash spurred the birth of ETFs

09:02: what pushed investor money into ETFs post-2008?

10:53: the benefits ETFs bring retail investors as a “democratic product”

12:36: big trends shaping the future of ETFs


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