Exchange traded funds, or ETFs. are becoming an increasingly popular investment choice for United States, European and Asian investors alike. Due to this increased emphasis on the value of ETFs, many investors are attempting to determine how best to fit them into their overall portfolios. Asian buy side firms, as well as individual investors have increasingly turned to portfolio theory in order to answer those questions.
The use of portfolio theory allows investors to effectively match their ETF choices. Due to the diversified and transparent nature of most ETFs they are ideal choices in order to minimize risk within a portfolio, especially during turbulent market conditions. This is especially true as more traditional investment strategies find themselves being handicapped by the increasing tendency of markets like the Singapore Exchange to face wild stock swings due to political or economic factors.
By utilizing an ETF as a component of a diversified portfolio, an investor can manage his or her risk, especially due to the ability to continue to trade ETFs during the entire trading day, as opposed to being limited to trade at the end of the day, as most other mutual funds are. In addition, the nature of the purchase and sale of ETF based creation units helps reduce the risk involved with other types of investments.
Due to these advantages, an ETF can be seen as the centerpiece of a modern portfolio, allowing for effective long and short-term strategies to maximize the return from the ETF over the course of the day. Whether in the New York or Hong Kong Stock Exchange, this can provide investors with an effective way to modify their portfolio strategy to take advantage of the superior transparency and responsiveness ETFs exhibit.
For those who seek to arrange their portfolio in order to obtain the risk tolerance they are most comfortable with, ETFs provide an ideal risk management method. With their varied composition and stability in addition to the superior market liquidity they provide, ETFs are in fact one of the best instruments to build a financial strategy around.
From Hong Kong to New York and Singapore, investors have long sought to create an investment strategy that eliminates the risk in their portfolios. The rise of ETFs and the application of modern portfolio risk management theory to their functioning have helped modern investors move much closer to that ultimate goal.