Exchange traded funds, or ETFs for short, are essentially mutual funds that are traded like stocks on public stock exchanges. Unlike traditional funds, ETFs make it incredibly easy to get in and out of a fund fast and at a known price with low spreads. As a result, these instruments have seen a huge surge in popularity among both traders and private investors over the past decade.
Forex brokers like those regulated by the Australian Securities and Exchange Commission (ASIC) do not generally offer ETFs directly, but rather as a derivative in the form of CFDs. These instruments often come with high leverage, which makes it possible to achieve significant returns on an investment even with just a small amount of capital.