Exchange Traded Products
Standard Bank offers a range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs) that are tradable on live prices at an additional cost through Webtrader. Trading ETFs and ETCs online gives investors a straightforward, low cost and flexible way to access stock and commodities markets. Standard Bank may also offer other online tradable funds.
ETFs and ETCs are subject to the same Trading Conditions as Shares
Exchange Traded Funds
ETFs are passively managed investment funds traded publicly on stock exchanges in the same manner as traditional Shares. An increasingly popular product, ETFs combine the benefits and ease of investing in Shares with the advantages of mutual fund investing and ready-made diversification of index tracking.
Each ETF tracks an index or benchmark, meaning the objective for an ETF is to replicate the performance of the index or benchmark that it is tracking. ETFs track specific Shares, Bonds, Commodities or Currency Indices, some of which have a regional focus, while others have a sector focus, thus making them ideal for diversifying portfolios. Standard Bank offers a wide range of Exchange Traded Funds from providers such as iShares, Powershares, Rydex, StreetTRACKS, SGAM ETFs, Lyxor ETFs and many more.
Exchange Traded Commodities
Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs) are similar to ETFs, except they track the performance of an underlying commodity index rather than stock market index. ETCs are also traded in the same manner as Shares but provide exposure to a range of commodities and commodity indices, which include Energy, Agricultural, Metals and Softs.
ETCs are open-ended Shares, like ETFs, and are also asset backed by physical bullion or commodity (Futures) contracts.